BEFORE Yemen’s ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh attempted to cover the human losses caused by his militias by declaring the number deaths as 6,000 and before claiming he could continue fighting for tens of years, he should first look at the reality about Yemen which is at the bottom of the list of countries.
Whether on development aspects, better life, peace or security; he should contemplate on more than tens of thousands of innocent victims who lost their lives as a sacrifice for his ambition to return to power even if it is through stepping on skulls.
Saleh and his Houthi backers are holding on to the mentality of war to achieve their goal which is considered premeditated murder of their people, about 55 percent of whom live below the poverty line and the percentage continues to increase due to prolonged instability.
Therefore, the delaying tactic of Saleh — the Houthi delegation to the peace negotiation in Kuwait, and their unwillingness to submit to reality are clear indications of this group’s indifference towards the suffering of Yemenis.
Undoubtedly, the statements made by Saleh on the defeat of the coalition and legitimate government are part of confusing dreams. This is due to the fact that the gains made by the Yemeni resistance and legitimate military over the Saleh-Houthi gangs are overwhelming, especially in most of the areas and towns which were once under the militia. The coalition’s gains — national military and resistance in Yemen — changed the situation not only in Yemen but the entire region as well.
Saleh failed to comprehend that the objective of the Arab coalition was not to wage war for the sake of flexing muscles, but to protect civilians from frivolous killings in the hands of the mercenaries of Iran.
Because of that, the military confrontation continued for a year and some months due to fear for the lives of Yemenis and to avoid destroying the remaining infrastructure in a country which is already impoverished and lacks development projects. This is in addition to adherence of the coalition to international laws in terms of dealing with Iran’s disguised occupation; otherwise, the Houthi-Saleh gangs would have long been expelled.
Hence, Saleh boasting about his ability to continue fighting for tens of years is considered proof of the death of peace negotiations. The United Nations Security Council should realize this and the need to play its role by taking sincere steps to protect civilians from these murder and destruction gangs. Through various destructive ways, these gangs have been striving to implement the Persian expansionism scheme in which Saleh will be Iran’s toy. Definitely, the Yemenis will never accept it regardless of the cost.
Unfortunately, the desire to return to power has destroyed Saleh’s political experience and blinded him in terms of contemplating the same speech made by Iran’s agent Abdul Malik Al-Houthi — the Yemeni version of the one who has been living in the basements of South Beirut, Hassan Nasrallah.
Nasrallah brags about being an agent of the Mullah regime in Iran. He openly admitted receiving different forms of support from the regime such as funds and weapons to kill Syrians, Iraqis and Lebanese.
What would have happened if the coalition forces left Yemen to face its destiny in the hands of paid gangs led by Abdul Malik Al-Houthi? Would Saleh dream of returning to power or he would be in exile?
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times