Yemeni trap for Saudi dynasty
A coalition led by Saudi Arabia resumed the massive bombardment of Yemen. The breakdown of the peace talks provoked a new round of conflict, which had already claimed thousands of lives. West closes eyes on monstrous crimes, continuing to supply Riyadh weapon and share intelligence.
Genocide with the approval of the West
The plot that is popular among authors of dystopia, that omnipotent informational empires in the future will be able to turn petty episodes into global events and, conversely, to conceal the most ambitious phenomena from people, is rapidly becoming a reality. As a result of the monopolistic position of the Western media, billions of people around the world see the world through their eyes. It is not surprising that, being in the smallest detail aware of the ups and downs of the election campaign in the United States or about the relations in the British royal family, these people do not even know about events of truly global importance. Moreover, the western man in the street who is indignant about the “crimes” of Asad or Gaddafi is completely indifferent to the atrocities committed by the representatives of the “free world” or his allies. He either simply does not know about them, or the commands to resent the TV screen and the pages of newspapers have not been reported to this man - and such events excite him no more than the plot line of a boring series.
For nearly a year and a half, the aggression against Yemen in the Western media has been tacitly tabooed. At best, events are presented as a minor local conflict. Meanwhile, according to the UN, about 4 thousands of civilians were killed by coalition bombs and rockets. The figure is impressive, but even she, given the extreme non-selectivity of the blows, is clearly underestimated. Much more realistic is the other data cited during the recent visit to Moscow by the head of the Yemen Association of Ulama (Theologians) Mohammed Shamsuddin: 227 thousand dead and wounded.
Every tenth resident - 2,8 million people - became a refugee. International organizations call the situation in Yemen only a humanitarian catastrophe. More than 80 percent of the population suffers from hunger, lack of medicines and basic services. The reason is the harsh blockade of areas controlled by the Hussite rebels. As a result, according to UN estimates, at least 10 thousands of children before 5 have died at least for the last year due to the lack of drugs in the country.
But no sanctions are imposed on those guilty of crimes that are completely pulling for genocide. This situation once again exposed the true essence of the West and the UN. In words, demanding respect for human rights, they easily give up their seemingly sacred principles. In June, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia was included in the “black list” of countries and groups that violate the rights of children. The UN has blamed the military alliance for the death of 510 and the injury of 667 of Yemeni children. However, just a week later, the references to Riyadh disappeared from the list. The Secretary-General of the international organization Ban Ki-moon admitted to journalists that this was done because of the blatant blackmail of Saudi Arabia, which threatened to freeze the financing of UN programs. However, the revision of the shameful decision was not followed.
The play turned out to be threats to impose an arms embargo against Riyadh. A few months ago, the European Parliament recommended that the EU authorities refrain from supplying weapons to the kingdom on the grounds that it is used against civilians. Similar calls were heard in the American Congress. It did not cause any specific measures. Moreover, Saudi Arabia overtook Russia and moved into third place in the world in military spending: $ 87,2 billion. This huge amount of money is mainly spent on the purchase of weapons - primarily from the United States and the European Union. On August 10, the Pentagon decided to sell Riyadh 153 tank Abrams and $ 1,15 billion in ammunition. And earlier, the same congress, which hypocritically resents “human rights violations”, overcame the president’s veto on the export of cluster munitions. At the same time, Washington knew very well that bombs of this type would not go to the depots, but to the army of the monarchy. Previously, the UN proved the widespread use of cluster munitions against civilians in Yemen. But, as one would expect, in the West this information was ignored.
Death from heaven
In the near future, we should wait for the intensification of military-technical cooperation between Western countries and the coalition. In early August, Saudi Arabia and its allies withdrew from the cease-fire and resumed barbaric bombing. However, from the very beginning this truce was very strange. Recall that the puppet government of Mansur Hadi and the Arab monarchies behind them forced the actual failure of the operations “Storm of Resolve” and “Revival of Hope” to go on negotiations. Using the most modern weapons and throwing new forces into battle, they not only failed to defeat the rebels, but also suffered heavy losses. As a result, something incredible happened: the Hussites, who were previously called none other than insurgents and tatters, were recognized as "a full-fledged part of the political landscape."
In April, the cease-fire came into force, and soon negotiations began between the conflicting parties in Kuwait. However, people did not cease to die after that. The massive bombing of cities ceased, but Saudi Arabia continued to send reinforcements to the country, which took part in the attack on the capital from several sides at once.
The talks were used by the coalition to put pressure on the Houthis to accept external conditions dictated by them. Here again the two-faced essence of the United Nations manifested itself. The "road map" proposed by the special envoy of the secretary general was more like a demand for surrender. Hussites were asked to completely surrender their weapons and, within 45 days after signing the agreement, leave the largest cities: Sana'a, Taiz and Hodeidu. Only then should the political process begin, including the formation of a government of national unity. Hussites rejected this plan. In their opinion, a peace agreement makes sense only under the condition that government bodies are established, which will be led by jointly appointed representatives.
Thus, to break the rebels in the negotiations failed. On August 6, the delegation of the government of Hadi announced its withdrawal from the negotiations, and the very next day the coalition launched more 30 airstrikes on Yemen. Riyadh seems to avenge its own humiliation: the targets of the bombing were almost exclusively civilian objects. Twenty people - mostly women - were the victims of the shelling of the potato chip factory in Sanaa. The same number of civilians died during the bombing of the market in the town of Nihm. But the most monstrous crimes of the last days can be considered as air strikes in the province of Saad. August 13 Saudi aircraft bombed a village school there. According to the organization Doctors Without Borders, 10 children aged from 6 to 14 have died under the rubble of the building, but local media report at least 50 victims. And two days later the blow was struck at the hospital. 11 people were killed, 19 injured.
After such atrocities, the possibility of a peaceful settlement approaches zero. The leader of the Hussite movement, Mohammed Al-Khusi, announced the continuation of the struggle for independence. "We will fight to the full victory, to the complete defeat of all the interventionists," he promised. Also, al-Husi stressed that the real initiator of the war is the United States, which actually leads the combat operations, determine the targets of the air strikes and transfer the coordinates of the targets to the Saudi military.
Waiting for retribution
In these circumstances, the government of Mansur Hadi loses the last hints of legitimacy. In Yemen, it is perceived solely as a cover for foreign aggression. The last allies are turning away from the puppets in Riyadh. In June, Sunni tribes in the province of Marib, the country's main oil-producing region, rebelled in the rear of the coalition forces. Thus, an attempt to turn the Yemen conflict into an interfaith conflict, having vented two main communities, the Shiite and the Sunni, failed.
Around Hussites unite the most diverse forces. 14 August saw the inauguration of the High Political Council (UPU) - a new governing body of the country, replacing the Revolutionary Committee. In addition to the Hussites, it includes representatives of the Universal National Congress - the leading party supporting the ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, as well as socialists from the National Democratic Front. The powers of the UPU were confirmed by the Parliament, which met in Sana'a for the first time in a year and a half. It is indicative that in his meeting, despite the threats from Saudi Arabia and the cabinet of Hadi, yesterday’s opponents of the Hussites from the Sunni Islah party and the Socialist Party of Yemen also took part. The agreement, which anticipated the creation of the Supreme Political Council, states that its goal is to unite efforts in opposing Saudi aggression and governing the country in the political, defense, economic and social spheres.
The only forces on which the government of Hadi can lean are the bayonets of the Arab coalition and the radical Islamists. Recall that in the hostilities against the Hussites, Al-Qaida and the Islamic State take an active part. Last year, with the secret blessing of Saudi Arabia, they proclaimed an Islamic emirate in the province of Hadramawt and engaged in the smuggling of oil through the ports of Mukalla and Al-Shikhr. Last spring, when coalition cooperation with extremists became apparent, in Riyadh they were quick to announce the defeat of the emirate. In fact, the Islamists left the ports by agreement and without loss. After that, they adopted the name "Sons of Hadramaut" and became a legal political force that continued to participate in battles with Hussits. In what ways - show the events of the end of July in the province of Taiz. Militants blew up an ancient Sufi mosque in the village of Es-Sarari, and then kidnapped dozens of civilians. Later their bodies were found, chopped into pieces.
Based on the Islamists, Saudi Arabia will by all means strive to maintain control over the eastern part of Yemen. In Riyadh, plans to lay a pipeline around the Strait of Hormuz are associated with this. But the plans of the Yemeni rebels may hinder the implementation of the plans. Recently, the Houthis and their allies won a number of important military victories. In the province of Marib, they defeated the city of Sirvah from the coalition and approached the administrative center of the region. In the north of the country, they surrounded the city of Al-Hazm, the capital of the province of Al-Jawf. Finally, the Hussites completely liberated the Red Sea and the strategically important Bab el-Mandeb Strait.
The fighting moved to the territory of Saudi Arabia. In the province of Najran, the Husit detachments deepened 15 kilometers and in fact surrounded the eponymous administrative center. Fights are fought on the outskirts of the 300-thousandth city. The anxiety of the Saudi authorities is aggravated by the fact that the border provinces - Najran, Asher and Jizan - are inhabited mainly by Shiites and are historically associated with Yemen. They were annexed to the kingdom only in 1934, following the results of the Saudi-Yemen war. There are traditionally strong protest moods, which can now dramatically escalate. Fearing an uprising in their rear, the Saudi authorities hastily evict residents from border villages. Not receiving any compensation or new housing, these people are in the position of refugees.
The defeat of Saudi Arabia and its allies is inevitable and can only be delayed by barbaric crimes against the people of Yemen. But the more disastrous are the consequences for the kingdom itself: having set fire to the fire of war at its borders, it risks perishing in it itself.
- Sergey Kozhemyakin
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