There is anger in the UK after it was revealed the government trained Saudi pilots – despite knowing they were committing war crimes.
Saudi Arabia has been on an extensive bombing campaign in Yemen, and innocent civilians have been targeted and killed. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates that over 4000 people have been killed since the Saudi bombing campaign started.
And yet, the UK government is training the pilots committing those terrible acts.
Under questioning, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said the, “UK has provided training to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) both in the UK and in Saudi Arabia,” including helping to, “improve their targeting processes.”
As I’ve said before, western nations should not be selling weapons to Saudi Arabia – and we should not be training their pilots. Every time we help the ruthless Saudi regime we are exposing the total hypocrisy of many of our politicians. We can’t be the defenders of equality, women’s rights, lgbt rights, and individual freedom if we are giving weapons to and training a brutal regime that is against every one of those things.
The hypocrisy must stop. It’s time for western countries to stop sucking up to Saudi Arabia and pathetically seeking their favour. We have values and we need to live up to them. Saudi Arabia can deal with their own problems.
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