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Yemen’s broken clock

The overall political clashes scenario in the Yemeni governorates is a kind of a well-studied program to keep Yemen unstable as long as possible, mainly after the start of the youth revolution in Yemen.

If we take the time to look back on a year and a half of revolution, one which succeeded in ousting now-ex-president Saleh, we will find that the shedding of blood – itself a constant – has taken a variety of forms as it has moved from one governorate to another.

On a TV program, the governor of Aden recently accused militias which arrived in Aden of upsetting the relative calm and killing local citizens. Before they arrived? Aden had been fairly quiet for the past six months.

He’s not alone in perceiving that something is amiss.

When there was violence in Sana’a – for example, last year in March – the rest of Yemen’s cities were, yes, relatively quiet. When Sana’a was quiet by the end of June, Ta’iz erupted with killings and shellings, with a general state of crisis and disarray that lasted for months. From there, from Ta’iz, the scene shifted to Abyan, where Ansar Al-Shariah had taken control.

The people of Hadhramout recently raised their tone, with some calling for separation. The overall scene gives one the sense that the whole scenario, this odd cycle of violence which sweeps like arms on a clock through Yemen, has something manufactured about it.

All this happens while hopes persist that Yemen may just be moving into a period where transitional justice law prevails and a national dialogue manages to iron out divisive sentiments and quell violent activity.

From what has been observed in past months, people could be forgiven for coming to understand that in each case a third party is playing the role of purposeful destabilizer. This may lead to disappointing results for those who are truly attempting to resolve safety and security problems which understandably concern Yemen’s citizens.

History will neither forgive nor forget those who set themselves up as enemies of all.

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  • Great article!

    The so-called youth revolution has turned the country into a mayhem which will last for a long time. Yemen was in a much better situation with it. It was a true revolution in its infancy; it was hijacked by those who have vested interests. My friend the state of chaos and instability will persist as far as THEY give priority to their personal interests.

    In a word, the future of Yemen is gloomy, and it will soon turn into a battle-ground of showdown of regional powers.