Di Souad Sbai
The killing of the former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the Houthi Shiite militiamen marks a huge leap forward in the quest of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the hegemony over the entire Middle East.
Although it has been almost overshadowed by the Syrian crisis and the war on ISIS being fought also in Iraq, the conflict in Yemen is particularly significant as it highlights Tehran’s expansionist ambitions in the Arab world. The representatives of the Khomeinist regime continue to deny any involvement in support of the Houthis against the government recognized by the international community. However, the Houthi conquest of the capital Sana’a and of the strip of territory bordering Saudi Arabia was enabled by Iranian arms, military advisers and funds, in coordination with the Lebanese Hezbollah.
Riyadh’s military intervention, at the helm of a coalition including the United Arab Emirates, succeeded in taking away from the Houthi control the important port city of Aden, where the legitimate government is based, and in preventing the crisis from encroaching on Saudi territory.
Nevertheless, the repeated raids across the border, and the ballistic missile that hit Riyadh’s airport at the beginning of November, show how the threat by the Shiite militiamen to bring the war inside Saudi Arabia is always alive and ready to materialize.
The Yemeni crisis is part of a broader regional confrontation in which Tehran continues to nurture the sectarian confrontation with the Sunnis both in the Gulf (also in Bahrain and Kuwait) and in the rest of the Middle East. The very reason of the resignations announced in Riyadh by the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, which were eventually withdrawn, lies with the attempt of Hezbollah, a proxy of the Khomeinist regime in the eastern Mediterranean, to establish its hegemony over Beirut.
The killing of Saleh is the demonstration of what can happen to anyone who hinders the ambitions of the Khomeinist regime. The former Yemeni president had supported the advance of the Houthis with the aim to come back to the forefront after his ousting during the so-called Arab Spring which “affected” Yemen as well. The decision to break the alliance with the Shiite militia and work with the legitimate government has been paid dearly.
What the international diplomacy should finally understand is that Iran is not willing to accept any compromise that will restore peace, security and good neighborly relations in the region. The absolute and exclusive goal of Teheran is to impose its dominance by every means: a neo-imperialism that uses religion as an ideological weapon to the detriment of the entire Muslim world. Such a goal is very similar to that pursued by Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood, which in fact entertain cooperation with the Khomeinist regime.
Therefore, a political solution in Yemen is not on the horizon. The confrontation between Shiites and Sunnis is destined to extend over time, together with the tragic humanitarian crisis that the country is experiencing, while Europe remains inert and do not take any action to address the escalation of the conflict that is devastating the Middle East and is caused by the ambitions of the Islamic Republic of Iran.