PERHAPS, the Houthis have not yet understood the fact that foiling Iran’s expansion plan in Yemen is a matter of life and death for the GCC countries and its Arab coalition. Therefore, its delegation’s attitude of procrastination in reaching peaceful negotiations in Kuwait will never change anything in reality.
The objective of the Operation Decisive Storm is irreversible reality with no other alternative. Iran has not been able to frivol with it or send its worn-out planes or old tankers to rescue the Houthis. Even though the Houthis have been claiming that they are not mercenaries of Iran, it is difficult to find anyone who believes these claims.
No one can deny that Yemen is a part of the Arabian Peninsula. Under no circumstances will Yemen be allowed to become Iran’s bridge for devouring this region, especially since the GCC countries, for the past 37 years, have been thwarting Iran’s attempts in executing the so-called ‘export of revolution’ based on the expansion plan of Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran has been working on this either directly by planting terrorist cells in various parts of the peninsula or indirectly by forming groups and militias such as the Hezbollah in Lebanon and other mercenary groups in Iraq and other parts of the region.
Therefore, we tell the Houthis — “Accept the solution we have presented before you today. It is far better than continuing with your procrastination and prolonging the sufferings of the Yemeni people. If this agreement presents a certain outlet for you from the repercussions of the United Nations Security Council’s Decision No. 2216, remember that it might not be available for you tomorrow, considering the fact that Iran could desert you since it has signed a deal with the six major countries at the expense of the blood of the Yemenis, Iraqis, Syrians and Lebanese”.
Nonetheless, the Houthis must bear major part of the responsibility for the current situation in Yemen. However, this would not have happened if not for the disguise of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the wealth he got from his country and the prestige that he attained, all of which he wouldn’t have even dreamt of when he was a sergeant in the military before he ruled Yemen for 30 years.
It is up to Saleh’s team to realize that his mercenary ally has been using him to achieve objectives that are considered as impossible. He has to let go of the illusion that has been planted in his mind by the leaders of the atrocious gang. Instead, he should realize that a mistake by a wise person is equal to a thousand mistakes.
Indeed, he has committed a mistake. However, instead of being grateful to his people by fighting the evil, he ended up following the evil with the hope of restoring his presidency even if it rests on the ruins of his country.
We believe the Yemeni negotiations being carried out in Kuwait is the last historic opportunity for Saleh. If he loses this opportunity, he should know that it will never come again. Therefore, he should not have a hand in locking the door of national repentance. Yemenis may forgive him for his mistakes if he works towards the agreement and jumps out of the Houthis’ ride which has been booby-trapped by the Mulla regime’s ambitions.
If today’s bet is on the possibility of the Houthis and Saleh’s delayed realization that there is no way forward apart from choosing peace for their country, the bet of the GCC countries is on the people of Iran. The latter must work on getting rid of their reckless and treasonable regime that has created animosity between them and the people of the Gulf region. It is a known fact that the people of the Gulf region harbor only love for their neighbors on the other side of the peninsula.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times