Sunday , October 22 2017

Yemen to stay defiant in face of Iran, Houthis

Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times
Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

FINALLY, the destruction caused by the Houthis and the gang loyal to the ousted president of Yemen Ali Abdallah Saleh becomes clear day after day as the peace negotiations progresses. Following the formation of the three committees to investigate the ceasefire violations and persistence of the GCC countries on the success of ‘Kuwait negotiations’ the intentions of the rebels and their weak political bargains have been exposed.

Since they were left with no option, they resorted to delaying the negotiations and went on a killing rampage, all of which has been futile. To the contrary they have pushed themselves into further isolation. It has now become clear that the decision to end the war in Yemen is more of an international decision rather than of the Gulf Cooperation Council or the Arab decision.

For Yemen this means the return of the legitimate government, reopening of the Aden Airport and commencement of work in several State institutions in all the provinces. This has coincided with the dispute among the Houthis themselves and the deserters of this gang have exposed their scandals. The scandalous revelations have tightened the noose around their necks. They now believe that by them continuing to kill the innocent people and pointing a finger of accusation at others will perhaps salvage them out of the crisis of their making.

However, the investigation committees which are expected to begin work soon will clear the atmosphere and reveal to what extent the Houthis have executed the Iranian plans not only against the GCC countries, but also against the Yemenis themselves. Regardless, the ousted president Ali Abdallah Saleh will bear the consequences because he is the one who encouraged the Houthis to spread terrorism from Saeda to every corner of Yemen.

It is Ali Abdallah Saleh who opened the military arsenal in front of the Houthis to help them become partners in crime in the belief, by turning his back on the GCC initiatives he will help bring matters back to square one.

He has now realized that all that is futile because his popularity has dipped to the lowest level, and undoubtedly, if he does not let go of his alliance with a group of mercenaries, the Yemenis who had accepted him in past, will not do so this time. Instead, they will hand him over to the international courts or at least force him in exile for the rest of his life.

Indeed, the ongoing negotiations in Kuwait are aimed at imposing peace and make the group of rebels, a part of the political process in Yemen. However, regardless of the effectiveness of the reconciliation, the people of Yemen will always look upon them as mercenaries and traitors, especially in a nation which throughout its history has been defiant to aggressors and occupiers. Hence, how will this nation accept those who have brought the Iranian aggression on their doorsteps? How will the Yemenis accept the people who wanted Iran to be part of the decision-making process in Yemen?

History is full of examples of those who have conspired with the foreigners and how they have ended up. There are also examples of how the occupiers have dealt with those who paved for them the way to occupy their land. Take for example the case of Napoleon Bonaparte who refused to shake hands with an Austrian officer who had made it easy for him to occupy Austria and instead said, “This gold is for people like you, but I don’t shake hands with someone who betrays his nation.” Another example is of Hulagu Khan (the Mongolian ruler), who killed the traitor of the Abbasid Dynasty minister Ibn Al-Alqami.

Hence, it is up to the Houthis to contemplate on their situation and ponder what will be of them if Iran manages — God forbid — to take control of Yemen. Iran does not have gold to offer them. The least they will settle for is exterminate everyone who helped them gain easy entry into the Peninsula through the southern gate. Therefore, they should not bet on mirage; they should accept what is currently being offered to them in terms of solution, perhaps, that would expiate their sins.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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