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No. 111789 ID: 5c87e8 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
  Here is something you can't understand: How I could just kill a man
>> No. 112821 ID: d23a14
  You can't get the best of me
Can't get the best of me


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111357 No. 111357 ID: 7326e1 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Opchan is global warming real or fake?

also check it out, al gore is chinese now
wtf
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>>112348
>gazprom says climate change is a fake jew hoax!
I can't wait Czech Republic to demand billions of dollars of compensation for this grievous act of providing them with cheap and reliable supply of gas (which they use to irrigate their lands, btw).

>The low water levels in the river that begins in the Czech Republic then crosses Germany into the North Sea has exposed stones on the river bed whose appearances in history used to warn people that hard times were coming.
Hey, I thought, the global warming is supposed to rise the water level world-wide.Just kidding,
you retards.

This just in: a climate is threatened by some stones in the rivers.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/17/bitcoin-electricity-usage-huge-climate-cryptocurrency
>Burning huge amounts of electricity isn’t incidental to bitcoin: instead, it’s embedded into the innermost core of the currency, as the operation known as “mining”. In simplified terms, bitcoin mining is a competition to waste the most electricity possible by doing pointless arithmetic quintillions of times a second.
>Credit Suisse estimate that a bitcoin price of $50,000 – five times its level as I write – would increase the electricity consumption tenfold. And at a bitcoin price of $1.1m, it would be profitable to use almost all the electricity currently generated in the world for mining.
I wonder how much of the world's electricity demand is spend to power the needs of world's financial management, billionaires empires and invisible hand of the marked. Because we definitely pay them too much to manage the same "pointless arithmetic" that can be preformed on 80s scientific calculator.
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>>112350
>> No. 112786 ID: 05abd5
  Guy Macpherson says (and has been reporting, based on seemingly overwhelming amounts of pretty objective evidence and for a long time) that humans will be extinct in the very near term.
>> No. 112788 ID: 45fa50
>>112786
alarmist nonsense.
he said we'd all be dead by 2020 due to warming.

https://www.countercurrents.org/mcpherson210612.htm
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>>112788
>alarmist nonsense
Not impossible, but there is ALOT of data.

https://guymcpherson.com/2016/08/the-politics-and-science-of-our-demise/

https://arctic-news.blogspot.com/p/extinction.html

https://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2016/07/a-global-temperature-rise-of-more-than-ten-degrees-celsius-by-2026.html


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112775 No. 112775 ID: da2a4a hide watch quickreply [Reply]
Anyone have that old HM thread shitstorm "The Shotgun. An often misunderstood weapon" archived?


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112423 No. 112423 ID: 037fbb hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
hi what's up
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>> No. 112748 ID: 398cd5
>>112686
$300?1 I bought my polish m-44 for maybe half that.
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>>112748
The really sweet, mint-condition, blonde stock Polish M44 carbines are expensive.
WarPlanRed has one: http://www.operatorchan.org/k/src/149929334766.jpg
http://www.operatorchan.org/k/res/104871.html
I have seen these go for $1300, like this one: https://www.gunbroker.com/item/791594918
>> No. 112750 ID: fe0cf7
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Another Polish blonde stock M44 Mosin-Nagant, made in 1952.
Not in the happier year of 1953, the year Stalin died, as with WarPlanRed's Polish M44.
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Although there are really good examples of M44 Mosin-Nagants that can be found, but the majority of these carbines are mediocre examples of WW2 rifles. The clunky operation and terrible safety of the Mosin-Nagant can leave a lot to be desired, compared to WW2 Mausers, Springfields and Enfields, as far as I have seen.

Anyone know of good deals on 7.62x54r ammo?
Those 55-pound crates of 880 rounds of nugget fodder in two spam cans were so cheap and plentiful in the early '90s...


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112673 No. 112673 ID: b7b038 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Hi there all.

Its been quite a while , one car crash, various encounters with law and here I am. On night shift in a business/pleasure hotel with a shitty bistro attached to it.

Things are difficult although I'm a nubile 34 year old guy, I never remember easy times. Happens when you always vote cronyism and political islam.

Theres a trend of change though.Good or bad? Too early to tell. Atheism and Deism is sky rocketing, so in a few years, there might be a significant amount of population.


Also enrolled in a Truck licence course. Planning to drive about half , maybe one full year in Turkey , then moving to either Nederlands or Germany on a worker visa.Trying to build a life upon rubble is hard but pleasant work.

So , how about you? How all of you doing?
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>> No. 112705 ID: 20f3d2
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>>112673
Aren't metal frames obsolete now? Except for the big super-magnums, all the contemporary automatics use plastic frames. Probably easier to make than filing, grinding and polishing from a hunk of steel.

- Caterpillar 3516 V16 3500 Series 793 haul truck mining diesel engine.
Here’s a picture of a Caterpillar 3500 series diesel engine. This engine is a 3516 which came out of a 793 haul truck. The 3516 means it is a V16 cylinder engine. That’s eight big cylinders down each side of the engine. This engine was just removed from the dump truck and replaced with another engine. This engine will be going in for a complete freshen and rebuild to the authorized Caterpillar CRC (component rebuild center).
>> No. 112706 ID: 6fe1bd
>>112705
For a robot that hoards images and articles as much as you do, I'm always surprised when you display that your understanding of firearms and politics is as superficial as it is.

Still I can't disapprove of your willingness to learn and discuss. Keep it up bats.

Plastic frames are quite complex in chemistry and in the joining of the metal frame rails and other critical steel parts that actually accept the slide and barrel. It would be possible to buy chunks of plastic and cut out the features required to make a firearm, but the plastics available that could be used are often not fiber-filled. Fiber filled anything eats tooling much worse than even the most unfriendly of steels. Furthermore, plastics that aren't fiber filled are kinda shit, speaking in mechanical properties, so it wouldn't last very long. Steel and other alloy frames are quite common in a variety of handguns of all shapes and sizes, and they still offer benefits over plastic frames. Again, benefits are relative and all things in firearms are compromises.

If I was making a pistol from basic tools, I would use aluminum. Even weaker grades of aluminum are as strong or stronger than the best plastics, it's incredibly easy to machine even with rudimentary tools, plentiful, and relatively cheap.
>> No. 112707 ID: 7dd459
>>112706

Its all about cost effectiveness, at least here. There are polymer knock offs , most of them are excellent quality, but You can find a east german or bulgarian lathe and mill for peanuts compared to injection molding set up.

I do use aluminum for frames. Easy to work with and lets me save on drill bits , boring and rifling small pistol barrels quite taxing on a ghetto chink drill lathe.
>> No. 112708 ID: 20f3d2
  >>112706
The plastic you are referring sounds more like plastic resin reinforced and infused with fiberglass. Some plastics have been reinforced with wood fibers and even cotton and asbestos (an East German car called the Trabant that had body panels from plastic mixed with recycled cotton from old Soviet coveralls that was truly horrible). I remember a Bakelite compound for experimental Armalites were infused with a fine mesh of steel wires, but I have not read that fiber-reinforced polymers are used with contemporary pistols.

The actual composition of polymers used in pistol parts and frames are proprietary and closely-guarded trade secrets of the manufacturers, so it is difficult to discuss the merits and deficiencies of one polymer over another. I remember reading about Heckler and Koch introduced the polymer framed VP-70 pistol in the mid-1970s, but the real revolution began with the Glock G17 of 1983. Not only did Glock use plastic material for the frame, it was used for a number of the smaller parts, as well. It seemed to have exceeded the skeptics' expectations as many range Glocks are reported to have had hundreds of thousands of rounds shot by them without incident.

Plastic offers far less tensile strength, making it more susceptible to catastrophic failure than either steel or aluminum. While over-pressure cartridges can damage steel or aluminum framed pistols, there are many more reports of polymer-framed pistols suffering explosive destruction, due to the material itself failing. These instances are relatively rare, considering the sheer number of polymer pistols sold, but the numbers are still significant. https://www.chuckhawks.com/pistol_construction_materials.htm

For many, plastic is the way to go as it offers corrosion proof construction, light weight, durability and lower manufacture cost. But there have been notable failures of polymers that have dissolved when electric tape has been applied to them, or those that split or crumble under firing pressure. And some people just hate the sharper recoil felt from lightweight polymer firearms.
Polymer or Metal frame: Which is Better at Recoil and Controllability? https://youtu.be/9HOa_Ah_Rn0
>> No. 112709 ID: 20f3d2
  >>112707
Yeah, I would probably prefer to use aluminum especially if I was more familiar with metalworking.

Casting A 9mm Toy Gun Into Solid Aluminum Not Lost Foam https://youtu.be/3PKlgFls4Pw


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112390 No. 112390 ID: 09c7e0 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
What are you planning to do to celebrate the 101st Armistice Day?
I just realized that the 100th anniversary of Frank Luke's glorious berserker death had passed without me noticing. The whole 100th anniversary of WW1 has really been somewhat of a non event, kind of disappointing.
15 years ago I read a script for a Frank Luke movie that was going to be called September Rampage, but I guess it never got made. Too bad.
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>> No. 112693 ID: 20f3d2
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Least of our bond-slaves or greatest, grudge ye the burden?
Hard, is this service of ours which has only our service for guerdon:
Grow the limbs lax, and unsteady the hands, which aforetime we trusted;
Dominant ones,
Are we not tried serfs and proven - true to our guns?

Ye are the guns! Are we worthy? Shall not these speak for us,
Out of the wood where the tree-trunks are slashed with the vain bolts that seek for us,
Thunder of batteries firing in unison, swish of shell flighting,
Hissing that rushes to silence and breaks to the thud of alighting;
Death that outruns
Horseman and foot? Are we justified? Answer, O guns!

- The Battle of Arras, April 1917. A 9.2 inch howitzer of the Royal Garrison Artillery in action in the ruins of Tilloy-les-Mofflaines.
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Yea! by your works are ye justified -- toil unrelievéd;
Manifold labours, co-ordinate each to the sending achievéd;
Discipline, not of the feet but the soul, unremitting, unfeignéd;
Tortures unholy by flame and by maiming, known, faced, and distainéd;
Courage that shuns
Only foolhardiness; even by these, are ye worthy your guns.

- A BL 9.2-inch howitzer on display outside the Australian War Memorial.
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Wherefore, - and unto ye only - power hath been given;
Yea! beyond man, over men, over desolate cities and riven;
Yea! beyond space, over earth and the seas and the sky's high dominions;
Yea! beyond time, over Hell and the fiends and the Death-Angel's pinions.
Vigilant ones,
Loose them, and shatter, and spare not. We are the guns!

- Photograph from breech end of BL 9.2 inch howitzer at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
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We are the guns!

- UK WW1 8-inch (204mm) heavy guns in battery on the Somme in 1916.
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What appears to be a German 210mm M1916 Lange Morser.


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109248 No. 109248 ID: 13f512 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
What are we drinking tonight, OPERATORs?

pic related, I detect notes of crayon and jalapeno cheese.
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>> No. 112077 ID: 1519ac
>>112074
If you actually enjoy drinking that much fat and sugar in one sitting, I can't imagine it's your only unhealthy eating habit.
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Trying out this Glenfarclas 12 year stuff, I have to say it's more flavorful than the Glenfiddich 15 yo.

tbh I don't know what I'm talking about, I drink like a bottle per year or less
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This tariff bullshit has gone too far! Now tariffs on French wine!
US President Donald Trump has lashed out at France in a series of tweets on Tuesday, accusing the country of charging “big tariffs” on US wine imports. But, unlike his previous attacks on high Canadian dairy tariffs, he didn’t provide any details about exactly how high these tariffs truly are. Perhaps that’s because the tariffs are really quite low.

“France makes it very hard for the U.S. to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the U.S. makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs. Not fair, must change!” he said.

In fact, the European Union — a bloc which includes France and 27 other nations — is in charge of setting tariffs, and it levies very modest tariffs on imported wine. A typical 750ml bottle of wine from the US would face tariffs at the border of just a few cents, according to the European Commission’s online tariff database. Sparkling wine faces some of the highest tariffs, but it’s below 20 cents per average bottle. The US association representing American wineries, WineAmerica, was quick to respond to Trump’s concerns, but said the issue wasn’t worth a fight, noting the EU tariffs were only modestly higher than comparable American tariffs.

“The US charges 5 to 14 cents a standard bottle on EU wine … The EU charges 11 to 29 cents a bottle on American wine. So there is a slight disparity. However, not the level that the President seems to imply here,” said Michael Kaiser, vice president at the WineAmerica. “We would support a trade agreement that would make the tariffs more equal, however we don’t want to see this lead to another trade war like we are seeing with China.” https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/trump-slams-french-wine-tariffs-theyre-already-really-low-162922119.html
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Sacré bleu! Time to load up on French favorites like Chateau Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux, Dom Perignon Brut Champagne, Petrus Merlot, Mouton-Cadet Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, and other Champagne (prestige Cuvée and affordable non-vintage Cuvées) from famous houses such as Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Bollinger, Louis Roederer, Taittinger, and Laurent-Perrier. Get 'em before Trump tacks on his tedious tantrum tariffs on 'em.

Occasionally I buy Champagne (or sparkling wine or low-priced Spanish cava) for my parents, usually domestic Korbel Brut or Natural Champagne from California, but today I splurged on the expensive French stuff like the above mentioned and the pictured Perrier Jouet.
>> No. 112690 ID: 20f3d2
  Donald Trump ramped up his spat with Emmanuel Macron, the French president, with an active day on Twitter. Stephen Colbert read and commented on the tweets — disputing Kim's missiles, defending his widely mocked decision to skip a World War I memorial in France due to rain, and several attacks on French President Emmanuel Macron, one of which included a threat to raise tariffs on French wines. "Aren't you losing support with suburban white women?" Colbert asked. "Maybe now's not the time to come after wine. What's next? Banning book clubs and Nancy Meyers movies?"
https://youtu.be/ujaRrfE1Lwc


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112431 No. 112431 ID: f0a3af hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
here is, in my opinion, what a pretty effective survival shelter looks like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZUrGFqEOTs

^in the above video, they cover the 'ti-pi' with brush but i bet you could just get away with wrapping it in a tarp from wal-mart.

i have seen people use small oil-powered stoves in their tents to keep warm rather

anybody who has experienced homelessness - know what the best way to go about winter survival for long periods of time is?
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>> No. 112441 ID: 20f3d2
  Back in the late 1980s, I went on a hunting and camping trip with some friends, but when we got to the wilderness we discovered nobody in our group of four brought any tents. Two decided to just sleep in their bags on the ground (they were miserable and got little sleep), but me and another (call him Mr. D) decided to put our Pioneer outdoor skills to use (the Pioneers were the Boy Scouts of the Lutheran Church) and assemble a lean-to shelter of timber. Luckily there was lots of fallen trees and logs strewn around. Just lash a support log between two trees and lay logs at an angle on one side. Pile evergreen boughs on top with more long logs lashed down to keep it together. We even made an elevated bed to keep the bugs and wet away. Build a good campfire in front of the opening (not too close and mind you don't set the overhead branches of the supporting trees alight). Only took about an hour of chopping, sawing and collecting the logs and branches to make it and we only needed to use a spool of twine, an ax and two saws.

Building Natural Survival Shelter Lean-to Winter Bushcraft Overnighter in Bear Country https://youtu.be/4N3n8hF2-f0
>> No. 112442 ID: 20f3d2
  The A-frame is even easier, but mostly just for one person (or an intimate couple).
Building a fire reflector wall behind the campfire is a must (but don't let it catch fire as what recently happened with the terrible wildfire in Northern California).
Camp Fire kills 23, becoming California’s deadliest wildfire since 1991 https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/11/11/camp-fire-kills-becoming-californias-deadliest-wildfire-since/?utm_term=.8d11a31cfa80

Natural Shelter Building - Lean-To/A-Frame Hybrid - Lina Hut https://youtu.be/ezWApqSFA0k
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People who are claustrophobic will not like these.
But picky people make poor survivalists.
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Hammocks can be really handy as well, especially if they have a tarp roof and mosquito net walls.
>> No. 112445 ID: 20f3d2
  Best Hammock? Hennesy Hammock - REVIEW + Quick Setup Tips - Best Hammock? https://youtu.be/4XoKzKqbQok


No. 111209 ID: 85023b hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
  In keeping with the rest of Christmas marketing, I'm starting this thread much too early. What are you guys getting your friends and loved ones?
Only one I've purchased so far is a bottle of Hennessey XO for my parents-in-law. I plan to send my brother a dozen Dominican Churchills. The wife still lugs around a backpack like a high school student; got a briefcase in the works for her. Fuck. Christmas shopping is gonna be a bitch this year on $10/hr.
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>> No. 111249 ID: 136a5b
>>111212
Get a 4k TV, don't worry about the "smart" aspect too much, they'll all have it, but within 2 years the "smart" bit will be outdated.
The TV will still work fine, you'll just plug in an external dongle and be good to go.
>> No. 111252 ID: 8e2be8
Earlier this week I got my sister-in-law a gift certificate for maternity clothes.
Today she lost the baby.
>> No. 111255 ID: 1519ac
>>111252
Shitty.
>> No. 112428 ID: 3061a0
About that time again. What's on the list this year? I haven't even begun to think about it. I'm told I'll get a two week break from BCT during christmas. Probably buy everyone alcohol.
>> No. 112429 ID: 336324
Patches for everybody. I'm thinking of offering gift wrapping as a shipping option


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112402 No. 112402 ID: b5aa4e hide watch quickreply [Reply]
·State funding of terrorism
·Flagrant human rights abuses
·Iron fisted Autocracy
·Aggressive promotion of Wahabism
Even among other Muslims, the Saudis are assholes. What will it take to cut the fucking cord?
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>>112402
>What will it take to cut the fucking cord?
When the Saudis run out of petroleum, apparently.
Or when we no longer need oil imports from the Saudis. But even if that was the case, the Saudis buy lots of US-made weapons, so that gets them a pass, too.
>> No. 112405 ID: 278cbe
>>112404
Or maybe they will realize that Syria and Yemen campaigns have gone total FUBAR and not even Saudi funding can save them. Simply put: never.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/politics/inside-the-saudis-washington-influence-machine-how-the-kingdom-gained-power-through-fierce-lobbying-and-charm-offensives/2018/10/21/8a0a3320-d3c3-11e8-a
275-81c671a50422_story.html?noredirect=on

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner stands among Saudi officials as President Trump talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a March 20 meeting in the Oval Office. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
In March 2018, the Saudi ambassador to Washington summoned a cadre of high-priced Washington lobbyists to his embassy to grapple with a delicate, double-pronged challenge.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was preparing for his first official visit to the United States, just four months after he consolidated power by ordering the detention of members of the royal family and business elite. At the same time, Congress was facing a vote on a bipartisan resolution seeking to end U.S. support for a Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen that has killed tens of thousands of civilians since 2015.

During an afternoon meeting on March 12, Saudi Ambassador Khalid bin Salman sat at the head of a long table in an embassy conference room, flanked by a whiteboard detailing the prince’s itinerary. His assembled advisers included Norm Coleman, the former Minnesota senator; Marc S. Lampkin, a veteran Capitol Hill adviser who served on President Trump’s transition team; and Democratic strategist Alfred E. Mottur, according to people familiar with the gathering.

Eight days after their meeting, the congressional resolution aimed at extracting the United States from what the United Nations labeled “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world” would be defeated — hours after Mohammed was warmly welcomed at the White House at the start of his nationwide tour.
>> No. 112411 ID: 6e9258
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-17/u-s-persuades-iraq-to-quash-siemens-power-deal-in-favor-of-ge

>The Trump administration intervened to quash a $15 billion deal for Siemens AG to develop power stations in Iraq, instead persuading Baghdad to sign an agreement with General Electric Co., two administration officials said.

>The Trump administration’s push supports American efforts to curb Iranian influence in Iraq and the region in the months since President Donald Trump backed out of a 2015 nuclear deal and prepares to re-impose sanctions on Iran next month. The U.S. officials said they want to wean Iraq of its dependence on Iranian natural gas and suspect Iran had spurred Iraqi leaders to pursue the Siemens deal as a way of undercutting ties with the U.S.

At this point t actually looks like an effort to curb European influence and economy.

>The U.S. government learned in early September that Iraq was wrapping up talks with Munich-based Siemens over a contract to revamp the country’s entire power sector and swap out infrastructure that had been built by GE. Siemens Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser had met with Abadi in late September to discuss the plan to install 11 gigawatts of power generation capacity over four years and create thousands of jobs.

Needless to say, the bill will be doubled, the time requirements will tripled, half of the money will be stolen, half of the infrastructure will be unusable, the other half will be supplied with maintenance contracts that will overshadow the initial price.
>> No. 112427 ID: 1808b0
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/24/opinion/bernie-sanders-saudi-arabia-war-yemen.html

The likely assassination of the Saudi critic and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi underscores how urgent it has become for the United States to redefine our relationship with Saudi Arabia, and to show that the Saudis do not have a blank check to continue violating human rights.

One place we can start is by ending United States support for the war in Yemen. Not only has this war created a humanitarian disaster in one of the world’s poorest countries, but also American involvement in this war has not been authorized by Congress and is therefore unconstitutional.

In March 2015, a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates started a war against Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Since then, many thousands of civilians have been killed and many more have lost their homes. Millions are now at the risk of the most severe famine in more than 100 years, according to the United Nations. The chaos in Yemen has also provided fertile ground for extremist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, and created new opportunities for intervention by Iran.

The United States is deeply engaged in this war. We are providing bombs the Saudi-led coalition is using, we are refueling their planes before they drop those bombs, and we are assisting with intelligence.

In far too many cases, the bomb’s targets have been civilian ones. In one of the more horrible recent instances, an American-made bomb obliterated a school bus full of young boys, killing dozens and wounding many more. A CNN report found evidence that American weapons have been used in a string of such deadly attacks on civilians since the war began.

Yet last month, responding to congressional concerns, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially certified to Congress — and Secretary of Defense James Mattis affirmed — that the Saudis and Emiratis are making “every effort to reduce the risk of civilian casualties.”

The data refute these claims. According to the independent monitoring group Yemen Data Project, between March 2015 and March 2018, more than 30 percent of the Saudi-led coalition’s targets have been nonmilitary. According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project, civilian deaths in one region increased by more than 160 percent over the summer from earlier in the year.
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