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Mollie Freebairn

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

Trump’s unwillingness to stop arms sales to the Saudis is a wake up call. Behind the story of the brutal murder of Saudi — American reporter Jamal Khashoggi lies a vastly more staggering humanitarian crisis, of 8 million Yemenis starving to death at the hands of the Saudis. With weapons and logistical support provided by the United States. Heart-breaking photos of children dying of hunger — call upon the U.S. to take decisive action to stop this massive atrocity immediately.

These children need to start getting food right away, along with eight million people who are falling over the brink of starvation now! Studies show that even the most severely emaciated children can fully recover — if they are fed healthy meals!

President Trump’s reluctance to halt $110 billion in arm sales and assistance for the attacks in Yemen is morally bankrupt. Feeding Americans a ghoulish myth that the only way for us to pull out of our own childhood hunger epidemic, among other dire economic struggles, is by raining death and destruction on the far side of the planet. Nothing could be a bigger more insidious lie. There are many ways to create great jobs for Americans to thrive and prosper. Weapons manufacture and deployment should be our last resort, not the front line of economic development for our newly proclaimed “America First” policy!

Recall that the key to what makes America great is our leadership at home and around the world for freedom, justice, economic opportunity, and peace. If the we can view The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War in the New York Times, and fail to take definitive steps to salvage our humanity, we have profoundly lost our way. Imagine if she were your child, because in the eyes of God, as in every human sense of the Family of Man, she is.

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