A decisive war against Houthis has begun
The Saudi warplanes suddenly started military operations against the Houthis in Yemen for fear of overrunning Eden by them and the supporters of the ousted president Ali Abdullah Salih, who is backed by Iran. This would have been a direct threat to Saudi Arabia which then would be surrounded by Iran and its satellite countries. In the first reaction, Washington decided to provide logistic and intelligence support to Saudi Arabia to defend Hadi AbdRabo Mansor’s government. Turkey said Saudi Arabia has provided them with information about the operation, which indicates that both countries are irritated and concerned about the widening political position of Iran and Shiitizm in the Middle East.
The Gulf countries are backing Saudi Arabia and Hadi. Egypt takes part in the operation and Sudan has announced that its warplanes have taken part in the operation against Houthis as well. Britain and the West are also supporting the operations.
The editor-in chief of London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Tariq Humaidi, says “some days ago, I wrote that it’s a mistake to intervene in Yemen militarily, because it is Iran that should sink to the bottom, not the Gulf.” The fire of a great war is ignited . What’s now happening is a proxy war. Iran wants to keep its distance. It tries to move the lines of war and clashes away to other countries. Saudi Arabia also has fears that the Sunni Iraq is lost to the Shiites; and Iran controlling Yemen too would lead to the loss of every opportunity to a political agreement by which the influence of the Islamic Republic in the region would be limited and curtailed.
Many people say this is an Ottoman-Safawi’s war, the war between Sunni and Shia. This is by all means a serious war that involves many actors.
Fall of Yemen, of course, means fall of the tranquil borders of Saudi Arabia.
The US interests have been targeted by both ISIS and Houthis, who are in direct collision with the USA. Meanwhile, the US has come under stormy criticism and pressures both nationally and regionally as a result of the policy President Obama is adopting in the Middle East.
The events are getting more dramatic. A great and serious war is going to occur. This time, the war will be waged with highly technologically developed weapons. It’s the extension of the previous World Wars that changed the world. I think that borders will be changed; Russia and its isolated allies will be targeted. And the US cannot destroy ISIS terrorists and Houthis from distance, as the insurgents are living inside homes and sacred places of Sunnis and Shiias.
The Middle East needs an ideological prosperity and a modern intellectualism in which religion and state must be separated. The radical groups should be fought ideologically and culturally. Radicalism in religion, politics and society should be challenged, in addition to corruption, unemployment and illiteracy.
This war is started to stop the catastrophes. It may bring even bigger catastrophes instead. Iran backs up the Shia militias Hashd Al-Shaabi – public gathering in Iraq. So, what does Saudi Arabia want to achieve striking the Houthis? The disaster in the region started when many regional countries applied the system of political Islamism in order to evade their internal conflicts and problems. Now, they have to abandon those projects themselves.
This war will hasten the re-division of the Middle East, because neither Yemen could remain united nor Iraq could be reunified nor Syria could go back to the old days of a central powerful government of the Baath Regime. Moreover, Libya is disintegrating, and Egypt can continue as if nothing has happened through the pending and menacing fear of the deep-rooted Muslim Brotherhood. Great changes are underway in the boiling and volatile Middle East .