Editor's note: here's Annafi's op-ed published yesterday critiquing NBC's decision to fire Megyn Kelly. Please share far and wide!
On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “called for a halt to hostilities [in Yemen] within 30 days.”
Many on both sides are advocating withdrawing US support for the Saudi war in Yemen.
Other opinions below.
“For most people, one man whose gruesome death we can envision has more political power than 40 nameless kids and their nameless bereaved families... For three years Saudi Arabia has, with American help, inflicted obscene misery on the people of Yemen... Yemeni children were dying because of the U.S. and Saudi war well before Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, and they continue to die after. If we are so easily seduced by a simple story, the details we ignore may be monstrous."
“In the end, Bin Salman could pay more dearly for the life of one critical journalist than for all of Saudi Arabia’s other destructive actions."
Some argue that supporting the Saudis may be the least bad option. “We once again find ourselves shoulder to shoulder with a detestable ally in the notional service of a dodgy regime that is somehow still not the worst of the contestants in the field...
“It’s a question of ugly tradeoffs. Peace in Yemen would be desirable. So would maintaining our relationship with the Saudis and through them curtailing the influence of Iran in the region. We probably are not going to get both of those, and Yemen probably is not going to get peace irrespective of any decision taken in Washington.”