Life is full of surprises in all things, we see it many times in politics, personal health, historical data, etc. We've all had moments when we said something like, "I just did not know that." ! "A couple of surprises like this, for me, were the discovery that Che Guevara, the Cuban hero, had an Irish father and that Columbus was discovered by the American Indians and not the other way around.
I think most of the Americans I do not know if Obama unilaterally declared war on Yemen three years ago to support the political objectives of the Saudi government in the region, and that Trump continued with this military operation, despite his promises to end our participation there. [1
The big surprise may be that this war started as a civil war. The Houthi minority overthrew the Yemeni government. Soon after, ISIS invaded the north of the country and the two factions were in conflict to determine the country's fate. Neither the Americans nor the Saudis should be in this civil war, putting their thumbs in the balance. Also, for Americans, there is no practical benefit of participating in this war other than supporting the Saudi political agenda. A good deal for the Saudis in Yemen is bad business for the Yemenis.
Why does the United States participate in the destruction and suffering of 10 million people in Yemen? Yemen has not done anything to the United States. There is no oil there and there is very little in the way of other resources. The US media almost does not cover the Yemen war. In the last three years, it has rarely been addressed in any of the numerous talk shows that cover other worldly topics over and over again.
The human suffering of the Yemenis is immense. Organizations working in the Middle East are trying to unite the world to fight the famine, starvation and anger that is destroying that nation and creating another failed state. Failed states are not new to Americans. US efforts helped create South Sudan, which seems to have become a failed state only five years after its founding, and Haiti has been sinking for decades despite US efforts to stabilize that country.
What would be a decent thing? for the United States to do now? My answer is this: leave Yemen and stop supporting Saudi Arabia's efforts to destroy that country. Americans do not belong to that war. It is illegal and immoral to wage a war for power, one that was not authorized by Congress, and allow the hungry and the rage to spread there like a fire through a dry forest. Let the Saudis have their Vietnam. They will also learn like us Americans in Vietnam. The future could be bright for Yemen if the traffickers of foreign warriors leave. Go to Vietnam today and see how that country has recovered and has become a prosperous economy after decades of conflicts orchestrated by foreigners. My prayer is that Yemen will do the same if the warlords leave.