The Bush-Obama legacy strikes again. Saudi Arabia launches terror bombing against the people of Yemen.
A desperate Saudi Arabia and allies, with reportedly logistical and intelligence backing from the United States, launched a massive aireal bombardment of the Yemeni capital Sanaa and several other cities, causing the death of dozens of citizens and soldiers. The 100 sorties of “Operation Firmness Storm” were in reaction to the massive victory of the national forces under the leadership of the Al-Houthis and their Ansarullah armed group, who managed in a few days to take over the Southern part of the country. They had taken over the capital Sanaa in June 2014. The Saudis and their allies have been spreading the lie that what Ansarullah did was a “shia coup” against a legitimate government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. Both claims are pure lies. El-Houthis, who are Zaidi Shias indeed, reacted last June as a national force to unite the people against a corrupt government and a Saudi-manufactured political agreement that kept the country split, and the corruption alive. The Houthis are supported by the youth of the revolution of 2011 (who are not Shia), by the former armed forces still loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh(who are not Shia), by many political parties (socialists and nationalists who are not Shia), by many Sunni tribes (who are not Shia) and by a large faction of the South Yemen “separatist” movement (who are not Shia). In a matter of a few months, Al-Houthis and their allies managed to clean large parts of the country from Al-Qaeda terrorists, which the U.S. and its allies failed to do in more than 10 years. They had threatened in the last few days to completely eliminate Al-Qaeda and the ISIS from Southern Yemen. They had launched a national dialog among all the above parties to form a national government and reform the constitution.
Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states, in collaboration with the Obama Administration and the British, tried to split the nation again last month as they withdrew their embassies from Sanaa and moved them to Aden, to which Hadi had fled from house arrest, claiming to represent a legitimate government. Hadi’s term as president ended in September 2014, and thus he cannot claim to be president any longer. Now that Ansarrulah and their allies took over Aden on Wednesday, the Saudis stepped in to destroy the nation of Yemen and remove any hopes of a national dialog. A republican Yemen, with a religiously tolerant culture, has been the Wahhabi Al-Saud’s worst nightmare, as they are connected by long borders and by historical contacts into Saudi Arabia.
What made the affairs more complicated was the Iranian covert and overt support for Al-Houthis, which confirmed for those subject to the Saudi propaganda that Al-Houthis were Iranian/Shia agents. The Saudis and Gulf states have put pressure on Egypt to support the anti-Houthi campaign, using the Egyptian concern over the passage to the vital Suez Canal from Yemen’s Bab El-Mandib Strait, when the Houthis advanced to Taaz in southwest Yemen, which they did last Tuesday. Without an international and regional Egyptian-Iranian diplomatic intervention, not only Yemen, but the whole Arabian Peninsula will be set ablaze. Shia minorities in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain can be mobilized to destabilize the Saudis. Iran, the largest so-called Shia power in the region, has been locked up in diplomatic negotiations with the U.S. over the nuclear program and lifting the sanctions. The Saudis have calculated that the Iranians would not intervene directly lest they sabotage their chances of successful negotiations by the deadline of March 31. This can prove to be a grave miscalculation.
Statement from Sanaa
Saudi Arabia’s Targetting of the People of Yemen Threatens the BRICS Plan for World Peace.
What happened on the early morning of March 26, 2015, just two days before the planned Arab Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt), was a systematic terrorist act and an act of aggression against the people of Yemen under the wings of darkness, that killed and maimed unarmed people, women, children and elderly. This attack is backed by an international alliance that is hysterical due to the collapse of its imperialist world order which is based on sucking the blood and the looting of the resources of other nations and violation of their rights.
This act of terror clearly unmasks a plan for systematic, international violations of the human rights of the people on the soil of Yemen, and for interfering by foreign forces in the affairs of a sovereign and free nation. It was preceded by suspicious and illegal moves in the international corridors of power, to protect ISIS and Al-Qaeda and their partners. This “Firmness Storm” operation is the latest of the conspiratorial acts of this alliance against the peace-seeking nations of the World.
It clearly reveals the fallacy of the so-called Riyadh-dialog, where there are no bases for dialog, which finally removed its mask through this pre-meditated aggression, to add it to the other wounds inflicted upon the people of Yemen by their previous plots. These allies are covering up the fact that they are the creators of terrorism, and their acts today are added to the long list of Saudi crimes, not only as a financier of terrorism, but actually as the patent holder of terrorism.
This demands the dissolving of this system once and for all to spare the world its evil. A strong denunciation must be directed against those who support this aggression, which is aimed at keeping this system breathing. This act demolishes all Saudi claims that the Kingdom and its allies are the peace-builders in the world. This is not only a threat to the security of the region, but also to the BRICS system, because it will put the breaks on the New Silk Road Project at the gates of Yemen.
Mercy for the souls of the martyrs and recovery for the wounded!
Greetings to the brave fighters and resistance forces in Yemen and all around the world!
Warm welcome greetings to the Children who are yet to be born!
I leave you and myself in the hands of Allah.
March 26, 215
Fouad Al-Ghaffari is a former diplomat, former office director of the Minister of Human Rights 2012-2014, founder of Gedar (a human rights and civil society organization). He is also a signer of the Schiller Institute Petition for the U.S. and Europe to join the BRICS.