OP-ED

Everyone Talks, No One Listens

National Yemen

Fakhri al-Arashi

By Fakhri al-Arashi

There is a reason that nothing will improve in Yemen any time soon, but instead things seem to be worsening day by day. The most dangerous part of a situation like Yemen’s is to expect too much of the government, particularly while the people and decision makers do too little. Not just that, but philosophy, talk, and theories are there for welcoming the change, security and stability.

It has not yet come to the point where we have lost hope, but the sheer volume of scary news from here and there does not serve the transition to move the country forward. All the political parties, without exception, are destabilizing citizens’ confidence in a better tomorrow. And we see this suspicion everywhere; the mistrust between the people and the government is similar to the distrust between the political parties participating in the National Dialogue. Each one has their own agenda, their own speech to contribute. All of them assume the accuracy of its own proposal to save the country from collapse, while simultaneously disparaging the principles and proposals of the others.

Real fighting is taking place in Sa’ada today between the Shia’at Houthi and Salafis, but still on one will admit that this fighting is sectarian. Al-Qeada attacks civilians and soldiers based on its belief in fighting the enemies of Sharia’a. They attack oil pipelines and power cables and they still want to see progress. They condemn the criminal acts, but they do nothing to stop them before they happen. Instead they adopt a serious tone when they discuss the sabotages in their media, TV channels and newspapers, as though it does not mean anything to them and they are completely uninvolved.

The whole situation is scary, and each day in Yemen begins different than the day before. People agree on the problem, but they disagree on the solution. The solutions for all of Yemen’s problems, In my opinion, is to stop all the politics and announce a new working plan. This plan will start by redistributing the country’s wealth and resources to all the citizens of the north and south. With this, the poor who are backing the rich and fight to keep them in power will instead begin fighting to protect their property. What is happening politically is not a far cry from redistributing the power and wealth to those who are fighting for it to increase, to go stronger. This can only lead to more killing and destabilization.

True progress will never happen, and the past two years are an excellent example of the massive back and forth of Yemen’s business environment. It is a pity that no one will take the time to understand that the whole country is collapsing, and that the country is moving toward a failed state.