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Letter: U.S. not exceptional in Yemen

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“American Exceptionalism:” a term both parties have used recently. What a joke. Anyone who has even a passing familiarity with American history knows we have been just as greedy, vicious and corrupt as most others. Just think of those who have suffered slaughter, imprisonment, torture, and enslavement right here in the USA — Native Americans, Chinese laborers, Japanese citizens, African-Americans, Hispanic laborers.

What’s exceptional about that sort of treatment? Nothing. Common as dirt in human history.

Now we are waging a vicious proxy war on Yemen, long one of the most desperately poor nations on Earth. Our corrupt partners, the Saudis, doing our killing for us this time, but our arms merchants and military and contractors are supplying the planes, bombs, intelligence, the equipment servicing, and the in-air refueling our partners require.

The entire country is being bombed into oblivion; four Doctors Without Borders hospitals have been hit, schools, factories, infrastructure, and public gatherings have been bombed. Nearly one-third of the more than 3,000 civilians killed in Yemen’s war have been children, according to the U.N. UNICEF warns that an estimated 320,000 children face life-threatening malnutrition.

Who still believes these are the actions of an “exceptional” country?

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