OP-ED

Houthi Fighters Need to Slow Down

By Fakhri Al-Arashi

The Houthi fighters have achieved remarkable expansion in their battle against the Brotherhood (Islah) members as they like to call it. By September 11th, Houthi loyalists managed to capture Sana’a with the help of some GPC members who decided to join the Houthis to take political revenge on their old friends  Isalah party.

Since that day, the Houthis have continued in this expansion in the North cities, invading one governorate after another. The geographical map of North Yemen tells that Houthis control 80% of the total land. They mostly take over cities with pre arrangement from government officials and military men. This is quite well known, recognizable, and blessed by the UN, whose members mostly welcome the powerful players on the ground.

The personal political analysis, which I could give about the Houthi progress, is not far from the Arab Spring revolution, which hurt the brotherhood. International powers gave them bait for a while and then hunted them by one. The same scenario could happen again, but in a different tactic that may end in the loss of Houthi fighters or they may collaborate against him.

In the two cities of Ibb and Rada’a, the stronghold of al-Qeada militants (Rada’a) and the strong hold city of Islah (Ibb), Houthi fighters encountered a deadly fight leading to the retreat of the Houthis, which is again part of the scenario of war against al-Houthi who continuously looks for the victorious battles.

Noticeably, the Tahami movement has promised to fight against the Houthis, the tribesmen in the middle northern cities have promised to fight against the Houthis, and al-Qaeda militants have promised to fight too. The GPC president Ali Saleh have called upon the Houthis to return back the stolen properties of his old friend Ali Mohsein. Such tricks were used to oust the former regime and end the empire of the strong military man Ali Mohsein, and this may shift the battle against the new powerful player al-Houthi.

Yemen throughout its history has resisted violence by all means, and the winner of today could be a big loser tomorrow. The Houthis have achieved good results by removing corrupted leaders, but they should not act like them, like those who won the revolution in 2011. People are not satisfied with the presence of Houthi fighters in the streets of Sana’a, with their arms and traditional dress.

They need to slow down before everyone collaborates against them, they need to slow down and prove to the people they have a peaceful program and civil agenda. They need to bring more warmth to people rather than showing arms in the streets. Yes, this could be good for today but not for tomorrow.