IT IS time for the international community to stop the bloody and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, considering that about 10 million Yemenis are under the threatening sword brought by the group which is indifferent to the catastrophe caused by the war. The collapse of Yemen means disintegration of whatever is left of the international system which started to weaken when it stood, with hands tied, towards breaking Somalia, as well as its inability to solve problems caused by its ambiguous position on the civil war in several Arab countries.
Indeed, the legitimate government agreed to sit on the same table with the Houthis — Saleh’s group — in a bid to stop the Yemeni bloodshed; because it’s constitutional, legal and moral responsibility is to protect the 26 million Yemenis.
The legitimate government’s main mission is to protect the entire Yemeni population from the internal force which facilitated itself to be the mask of Iran’s occupying authority. However, this government will not last forever to wait for the Houthi rebels to take peace negotiations seriously and abide by the principles of dialogue. If the government continues to wait for such incident, it will become a captive of the humanitarian situation that continues to deteriorate day after day; whereas an international power continues to put more pressure on the government such that it pushes through with the negotiations, which almost become a ‘circus’, to end the unjust treatment of thousands of innocent Yemenis.
It is delusional for the international powers to assume that the Arab countries’ coalition will get tired of fighting against the indirect Persian aggression on Yemen. The Arab coalition, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will never stop even if the war continues for a hundred years. It will never allow Yemen to be an easy prey for the expansionism savage that never gets satisfied.
The coalition realized from the beginning that slackness in confronting the expansionism scheme of Iran’s regime will make it pay a price which is much higher than what the coalition is paying in the current war.
Therefore, the coalition is working seriously to prevent the passing of reconciliation efforts by some major powers and Iran at the expense of the people of Yemen and the presence of GCC countries, or there will be a ‘stepping’ place for the Mullah regime in any part of the Southern frontier.
The international community, which is an active force in the world, is being accused of agreeing to annihilate a nation to serve temporary interests that are not worth even a teardrop of a hungry child or a drop of blood of an innocent person.
If the active force in the world continues with its position which encourages Iran to continue its indifference in the hands of Houthi rebels and Saleh, it must prepare for a ‘flood’ of new Yemenis refugees who will come in millions and are threatened by hunger, death and diseases.
Due to this painful reality, the United Nations and the Security Council have not exited from the predicament, apart from obliging Iran to stop playing with the blood of Yemenis and by imposing sanctions on the Yemeni toys in the hands of the Mullah regime even if the matter calls for invoking Article Seven and immediate international military intervention.
The international community should stop playing the tune of attempts to convince the ‘ousters’ to take the negotiations seriously. Here we are, a month since the negotiations started, yet the process is still in the initial stage.
Perhaps, it is now time for ousted President Ali Abdallah Saleh to contemplate on the arrogance of the Houthis and realize that he is not far from their betrayal, especially after they achieved — in their delusion — the objective of having an alliance with him, while his return to power is farther than the distance between Mercury and the Earth.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times