Decisive Storm: A gross blunder in Yemen

2015-03-29 19:35

The Saudi Arabian-led military campaign, named Decisive Storm, in Yemen needs some critical introspection over the pretext for the current intervention. Is it an intervention to remove the Houthi rebels and save the current government of Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi? Or is it a backdrop for a proxy war between the Arab Gulf regimes and Iran to stop Iran’s increasing influence in the Middle East. Iran by supporting the Houthis in Yemen and its role in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria makes many Muslim leaders believe that the Iranian leadership are trying to dominate the region and this raises some serious challenges and fears for its neighbours. Based on the ongoing Iranian involvement in the Syrian crisis and Iran’s expansionist’s policies in the Middle East and some other parts of the world, many Muslim political and religious leaders question their (Iranians) intentions and motives. Some leaders also believe that there can be no meaningful dialogue with Iran as the Iranians are not sincere and honest. Unfortunately, Yemen is the latest target of military interventions by imperialist forces that have unleashed destruction and confusion on the Middle East. Thanks to its position on the world map and resources, many countries have an interest in it for ulterior motives. It shares a border with Saudi Arabia, it has major cargo seaports and oil pipelines and some African countries are very near to Yemeni borders. Whatever the motive behind the Saudi led attacks, I believe it was a gross blunder to launch a military campaign. Although for many decades Yemen was involved in a complex and multidimensional internal friction, the current Saudi led military campaign will add to the problems and increase sufferings. If the Saudi led attacks are not stopped immediately, the attack on Yemen has the potential to explode and spiral into a broader conflict involving the entire region. History has proven that outside meddling in civil wars does not achieve the desired results or lead to peace. In order to save lives, the attacks on Yemen must stop right away and negotiations must start. Negotiators and role players must look above power politics and sectarian divides and negotiate and act in a manner that will bring about a better life for Yemeni’s who are living in abject poverty. According to the United Nations (UN) Yemen is already the poorest country in the Middle East, with over 60% of the population requiring aid.

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