US must not deploy forces into Yemen

Yemen is currently undergoing an unprecedented civil war between the government of Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels. As usual, in times of civil war and intense disequilibrium, there are other actors who are hoping to control and take advantage of the situation. The al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen and the Islamic State are known to have a presence in the war, as though the situation were not already complicated enough.

The biggest concern with this civil war is the civilian causalities and the effect that the war has on ordinary people. Seventeen million Yemenis are facing widespread famine in a country that has long been the poorest Arab nation.

Western governments should not expect the regime to change. The nation must keep U.S. allies in check and not blindly support them. The United States should not be going anywhere near the Yemeni war, risking civilians who get caught in the crossfire of drone attacks and airstrikes.

Yet, it has been business as usual with the military-industrial complex. An entire generation of Yemenis may be wiped out and the ones who manage to live should not do so knowing that the United States had a role to play in their lives being ruined.

Coincidentally, right across the gulf from Yemen is Somalia, another nation ripped apart by a brutal civil war and intense famine in which the United States played a major role.

U.S. citizens should focus on home and avoid kneejerk reactions to photographs that monger sadness. The United States, being a unilateral force in aid or intervention as in the Bosnian civil war, should stop acting like it cares about altruism when it is only aggravating the conflict in Yemen and across Arabia.

Intervention by the United States will only serve to draw the war out further. In times of civil war, there will always be outstanding circumstances that will not be resolved by sending in troops and armaments.

The United Nations is struggling to send adequate aid to Yemenis and part of it has to do with Saudi-blockades, but there is no responsibility of any state actor to equally distribute aid to both sides of this civil war. The U.N. can try all it likes to send aid, but if there is fighting it will be impossible to distribute it to those who desperately need it.

There has to be a non-militaristic end to the conflict while the U.N. brings aid to the desperate, war-torn nation. The Middle East is of no business to those in the United States and must remain that way. This could very well be the next Libya or Iraq, and the world already harshly criticizes the United States for its actions in those places.