As regular visitors to this site will know, I haven’t been posting all that regularly of late. Quite frankly, I’m too busy with my research at the moment to invest the time and energy in regular posting at the moment.
I did, however, want to make a very quick post about the developing situation in Yemen.
First off, I find it hypocritical and straight up disgusting that these various Arab powers (with Pakistan mobilising ground forces to assist with an invasion too) are able to cobble together a massive military campaign, led by the richest Arab state (Saudi Arabia) against the poorest Arab state (Yemen), but have completely failed to actively defend Palestinians against Israeli aggression. Where the heck was this massive military power to stop Israel in its war against Gaza last year? No where.
Pan-Arab solidarity, my foot.
Saudi Arabia and its allies are willing to sacrifice the lives of Palestinians simply to appease Israel and slaughter Hamas as a Muslim Brotherhood threat to their interests.
And the intervention isn’t about restoring democracy or defending human rights. The vast majority (if not all) of the States involved in this obscene intervention are guilty of some of the worst atrocities in these areas of any countries on the planet. One need only look at the Saudi-engineered coup in Egypt, complete with the a greater massacre than Tiananmen Square in the form of Rabaa.
This is rather just another reflection of the Saudi-led fears of Iran. Nothing more, nothing less. The Saudis live in fear of their own Shia populations (primarily found in their oil rich provinces) and the risk of losing this economic resource.
I’ll write in more detail about this later.
Right now, what’s important is that innocent people are being killed and terrorised by this military intervention, and lots more blood is going to flow before it’s other. All the while these same military resources are being diverted away (if they were even directed in the first place) away from the war against Da’esh (which has its own problems), and Palestinians remain under occupation with Israel having a carte blanche to do as it pleases there.
There is a massive risk of this conflict escalating, not simply in Yemen itself, but in the Red Sea, the Arabian Gulf, Iraq, Syria, Iran and even Afghanistan all getting mixed up, as the various proxy wars for control and influence between Saudi and Iranian interests gets blurred into a single regional conflict spanning North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
It would have been better to let the Houthi’s try to govern and fail, than to make them into martyrs. There will be no military solution to this, only the peace of the graveyard – and even then the ghosts will haunt the living for decades to come.