Who’s The Devil Now? Saudi Slaughters Over 140 Funeral Mourners

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Oct 10 2016
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Majority of Muslim countries that subscribe to Saudi Arabia’s version of Wahhabism dare not publish this piece of news, more so if they receive millions of dollars in aid from the wealthy kingdom every year. It was the same denial on the discovery that Wahhabism as the main source of global terrorism, as identified by the European Parliament in July 2013.


Iran has been calling Saudi royal family as being the devil of Islam – unfit as Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina. Supreme leader of Iran Ali Khamenei recently claimed – “Saudi Arabia is a cursed tree; its rulers involved the Islamic world in civil wars that resulted in the death of innocents by establishing takfiri groups.”

Kaaba and Al-Masjid al-Haram (The Holy Mosque) in Mecca

When more than 2,000 pilgrims were suffocated or crushed on 24 September 2015, including 450 Iranian pilgrims and diplomats, the Iranian government argued that the incidents were proof that the Saudi Arabia was a failure. Accusing Saudi rulers of having committed crimes against pilgrims, Iran has urged Muslims around the world to consider a new custodian.


Of course, all Muslims whose countries were aligned to Sunni Saudi Arabia had kept an elegant silent. They considered the “2015 Mina Stampede” as an accident, which probably was a test from Allah, at best. Today, Iran can blow their trumpet to the Islamic world, again, about how incompetent and devilish the Saudi royal family has become.



In what appears to be a “horrific massacre” which has caught even its ally United States off guard, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a funeral hall packed with thousands of mourners in Yemen’s capital Saturday, killing over 140 people and wounding more than 525 in one of the deadliest single attacks of the country’s civil war.


At first, Saudi Arabia denied allegations from the rebel Houthi-run government that the coalition was responsible. A day later on Sunday, the kingdom admitted the slaughtering and claimed it will launch an investigation. Apparently, the deliberate attack targeted the funeral of the father of Houthi-appointed Interior Minister Galal al-Rawishan. 


As Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam said the attack was an act of “genocide”, the US sprang into action and said it had launched an “immediate review” of its already-reduced support for the coalition. White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price was quick to clarify that US co-operation with Saudi Arabia was “not a blank cheque”.


If the U.S. has condemned the bombing of hospital in the “Battle of Aleppo” by Syrian and Russian forces which led to killing of innocent civilians, what is stopping the same U.S. from condemning the Saudi Arabia for doing the same – killing of innocent Yemeni funeral mourners? Shouldn’t the Saudi Arabia and its coalition supporters be held accountable “for the war crimes”?


What was amusing is the attack came 4 months after a U.N. report removed Saudi Arabia from a list of those responsible for the violation of rights of children in Yemen. The cowardice of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came after he was “pressured, threatened and intimidated” by Saudi over funding of U.N. programs.


Saturday’s butchering of more than 140 Yemenis at a funeral wasn’t the first war crime the Saudi had committed. Last year, Saudi-led airstrikes hit a wedding party in Yemen’s central Taiz province, killing at least 135 people, including 80 women. From wedding to funeral events, the Saudi doesn’t discriminate when comes to killing innocent people.



As usual, besides empty rhetoric of investigations over the latest killings, Obama administration is not expected to do anything else, not that the U.S. president could in the first place. Saudi Arabia, just like the “2015 Mina Stampede”, would probably be let off with a slap on the wrist, blaming the massacre as merely another “mistake or accident”.


However, Yemenis and Iranians believe the U.S. knew and in fact endorsed the Saudi’s airstrike – deliberately – on innocent funeral mourners. After all, the United States has backed the coalition with multi-billion dollar arms sales and provided logistical and intelligence support. Britain, whose arms sales to Saudi are only second to America, also joins the condemnation drama.


The Yemen Civil War began when rebels, known as the Houthis, and their allies stormed into Sana, the capital, and forced the government into exile. Since then, the conflict has fallen into a grinding stalemate, with the Houthis controlling much of the north and forces nominally loyal to the exiled president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, in the south.


In an attempt to restore Mr. Hadi’s government, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been bombing the Houthis in “Operation Decisive Storm” since last September – without success. Frustrated and embarrassed that despite possessing the most advanced military hardware from the U.S., they still could not defeat the Houthis, the Saudi might have taken the inhumane approach – genocide on innocent Yemenis.



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