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About seven years ago, Yemen underwent a political transition and changed presidents. Many Yemenis opposed it and a civil war broke out. Houthi rebels (loyal to the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh) took control of the capital, Sana, and much of the rest of the country. After taking interest in the outcome of the civil war in 2015, Saudi Arabia began bombing the rebels with support from the United States and several other countries.
Affirmative argues it is time for the United States to stop backing Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies against Yemen. The war allegedly increases the threat of terrorism and contributes to one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. Saudi forces are bombing Yemeni citizens, with massive amounts of human rights violations.
Negative will show that US participation reduces, not aggravates, the suffering in Yemen. And fighting the rebels in Yemen is a good thing because they’re really bad guys and create serious threats. Supporting Saudi Arabia is the best policy both for Yemen and the rest of the world.
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Rebecca Sumner has been debating for four years. She has qualified for team policy debate at NITOC for three years in a row. All three times, the qualification came within the first three tournaments.