OP-ED

The Planned GCC Coalition In Yemen

National Yemen

Fakhri al-Arashi

Fakhri al-Arashi

It is naive to believe that the GCC coalition war on Yemen was only in response to the request of Yemeni President AbduRaboo Mansour Hadi, who requested earlier last week that the Gulf countries protect the 2011 Saudi initiative that outlined a political transition.

The Saudi government has found this an excellent opportunity to respond to the 30-year threat of Iran in the Arab region by using Yemen as a good example to attack their historical enemy on Yemen’s land.

While they understand that Yemen is the Trojan horse of this losing war, they are still punishing more than 25 million people to defeat Iran and its two strong allies, the former president of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh and the young leader of the Houthi rebels AbdulMalik al-Houthi.

This is a historical coalition of Arab countries who unified themselves against this threat. They were supposed to identify the source of the threat and attack it directly to end its expansion and cut its links with sub-groups and individuals.

Iran has been identified as the main enemy of this coalition and they understand that beating the Houthis in Yemen is like beating Iran in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Yemen has no hand in this war, which will only bring suffering to the Yemeni people and drag the country into a civil war as a result of the misleading sectarian classifications of Sunni and Shia.

The coalition led by the Saudis needs to hit Iran directly. Since the cost of this will be very high and they understand that they will not be able to withstand the aggressive response of the Iranian of the Gulf countries, they have decided to attack Yemen to restrict Iran power.

The fact is that this war will only satisfy the West and Israel in the belief that the Arabs are at war with themselves. It will also help the Saudis continue to keep the Yemeni people poor because they know if Yemen obtains its democracy and improve its people’s lives, it will definitely have a clear influence on Saudi citizens who are already fed-up with the ruling family.

A more serious result of the plan would be it resolving the coming struggle within the royal family, whose princes do not all believe Yemen must be the cornerstone of Saudi power – nor that Wahabism must be the permanent belief. The Saudi must stop this absurd war, which is killing civilians and destroying five decades of recent Yemen infrastructure.

The war of Saudi in Yemen will never stabilize Yemen. It will create a rift between North and South Yemen and create a long line of migrants between the two neighboring countries. Saudi must look at the Iraqi model and think of Yemen and the future of the Kingdom. How will it look if Yemen loses the opportunity to achieve peace, stability and develop its economy? The roadmap for helping Yemen should start with the ten-country coalition supporting Yemen’s economy rather than sending missiles which keep Yemenis up at night.