Saturday, February 27, 2016

the European Parliament calls for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia

unexploded Saudi cluster bomb
The European Parliament called on the European Union to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, saying Britain, France and other EU governments should no longer sell weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in Yemen.

EU lawmakers, who voted overwhelmingly in favor of an embargo, said Britain had licensed more than $3 billion of arms sales to Saudi Arabia since Saudi-led forces began military operations in Yemen in March last year.

Although there is much doubt about the capability of Saudi Arabia's army--the general belief is that it is just as bad as Iraq's army--that doesn't affect Saudi Arabia's ability to conduct bombing raids on Shiites in Yemen, simply because they are supported by Iran.  Saudi Arabia also needs to be prevented from any involvement in Syria for the same reason.

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