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July 14, 2015

Yemen: A Voice in the Wilderness

by mkleit

“Yemeni people are not bad people, they are good people. They want to be respected, they want their sovereignty to be respected. We did not wage a war, a war was brought upon us. Our issue was an internal one and it would have been sorted out internally”

Hanan al-Harazi, her mother and her 8 year old daughter fled Yemen 10 days after the first bombs started to tear holes in her beloved country. Hanan’s daughter had begun to present the early signs of PTSD and for her sanity, the family decided to split itself down the middle, leaving Hanan’s husband behind in Yemen with his family and her two brothers. Hanan brings us a moving and powerful insight into the events leading up to the present devastation of Yemen at the hands of their Saudi oppressors and their imperialist allies.

Neutron bomb on the outskirts of Yemeni capital Sanaa

Neutron bomb on the outskirts of Yemeni capital Sanaa

Vanessa Beeley: When did you leave Yemen?

Hanan al-Harazi: I think we were in Yemen for almost 10 days after the bombing started and then there was a rocket attack on our immediate neighbourhood, very close to where we lived. After this, my daughter developed urinary incontinence and a sudden fear of any loud sound. Recently, I was looking for her for over an hour and I eventually found her hiding in the closet because she had heard an aircraft flying overhead. It will take decades to erase this trauma from her memory. I can’t even imagine what the other children still in Yemen have been going through after almost 103 days of continuous air raids. It is devastating.

V: How old is your daughter?

H: She is turning 9 in August. I used to work at a school so I know that children are not able to express themselves in words as well as adults.

I just gave her a piece of paper and I told her to write down her feelings. It was heart-breaking for me to read the pain and suffering in those baby words. A few days later, it’s the same thing, all she can draw or paint are jets bombing her country, really sad images. I know that the sun represents something really positive in a child’s life but when you have a child depicting a crying sun with a sad face, it should really pass a powerful message to the world.

We were lucky enough to have foreign passports that meant we could leave Yemen.Nobody is issuing visas to Yemeni nationals so this means 23 million people trapped inside a country that is being mercilessly and indiscriminately bombed with complete disregard for civilian life.

V: There are reports that state over 80% of the population are now enduring a humanitarian crisis. Is this figure realistic?

H: Absolutely! There is a catastrophic humanitarian crisis unfolding in Yemen. My fear is that if the blockade is not lifted we are going to witness something horrific by all standards. You are talking about a population of which almost 60% are living below the poverty line. They don’t know how to secure the next meal and this was when their world was “ok” and not in a state of war. I would say the few people who had jobs have lost them and food prices have rocketed. The capital may have slightly better facilities than some outlying areas but even there, the water is now contaminated and the cost of bottled water has trebled in price. I have no idea how people are coping.

Food is still available in the markets but supplies are sparse. Once these supplies do run out, Yemen will starve. We produce very little food in Yemen itself, the majority of foodstuff is imported so the movement of goods is essential to our survival. The blockade will ensure that we cannot survive. There has been a tiny trickle of aid via certain aid groups and NGOs but this has only reached hardest hit areas like Aden, leaving entire swaths of the country without food, water or medical facilities. The cumulative effects will be horrendous and the Humanitarian crisis will be crippling.

V: I am assuming that KSA [as Israel did in Gaza] is targeting Yemen’s infrastructure in order to destroy the civilian ability to survive this onslaught.

H: Yes absolutely. If you look back to yesterday, the events in Amran and Lahj, they have targeted food markets and livestock markets. More evidence of the coalition determination to starve the people of Yemen. The livestock constitutes part of our minimal domestic produce, so this is a deliberate destruction of the civilian ability to survive. The footage that is coming out shows that they are targeting civilian areas, schools have been hit, stadiums, sports facilities, you name it. They have hit everything. They are saying they are only targeting military centres. Perhaps in the beginning this was true. Over the last few weeks we have seen far more random & intense bombing of civilian sites.

The Ansarullah movement is pretty much part of the Yemeni fabric, the Yemeni society. They don’t carry any markings or insignia to distinguish them from the local population so it is beyond ridiculous to say that they are hitting only Ansarullah targets in a city like Sanaa, that has a population of 3 million people .The civilian death toll is way higher than if they were only targeting Ansarullah operatives.

Doctor holds bomb-surviving three-days-old girl in Sanaa, Yemeni capital

Doctor holds bomb-surviving three-days-old girl in Sanaa, Yemeni capital

V: In your view is there any alternative to resisting this attack on Yemen? Is there an option for surrender and negotiation?

H: Look, I will speak for myself and for a lot of people in Yemen. The question of Yemen’s sovereignty has always been uppermost in Yemeni minds and this led to the 2011 revolution to get rid of our long- time dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh because we knew he was largely a Saudi puppet. He was pushing the Saudi agenda in Yemen and giving it priority over the interests of the country. During this time many people lost their livelihoods and their lives and most of the major cities caught up in the revolt, came to a standstill for a while.

We have not come this far only to have another Saudi puppet government in place in Yemen. If this continues we no longer have an identity. Yemeni people are not bad people, they are good people. They want to be respected, they want their sovereignty to be respected. We did not wage a war, a war was brought upon us. Our issue was an internal one and it would have been sorted out internally.

Jamal Benomar, the former UN peace envoy to Yemen stated very openly that the warring factions were actually reaching an agreement before the first bomb hit. “When this campaign started, one thing that was significant but went unnoticed is that the Yemenis were close to a deal that would institute power-sharing with all sides, including the Houthis,” said Mr. Benomar, a Moroccan diplomat. Thus it becomes obvious that our aspirations are being sacrificed at the altar of Imperialist greed and ambition.

V: We are seeing this across the region, these internal attempts at reconciliation and agreement that are being derailed by the Imperialist agenda and their sectarian propaganda. From what you are saying, this is also happening in Yemen?

H: I can categorically state, there is no sectarian conflict in Yemen. They have been trying to ignite a sectarian war in Yemen but Yemen is one country where we have had Shafi Sunnis and Zaydi Shias praying in the same mosques for hundreds of years. We are a society that is known to intermarry between these two sects. In reality they instigated this territorial war when they wanted to split Yemen into a 6 federal state system. We are tired of having their agenda imposed upon us and being forced to implement it.

I have lived in Yemen for the last 21 years and I never knew that my next door neighbour was a Shafi Sunni or a Zaydi Shia. It was not part of our culture, we never asked. We peacefully coexisted. This balkanisation agenda was the start of the entire problem. Their division was all wrong. They left some areas totally isolated.

The Ansarullah movement and the Southern Separatist movement were both in favour of a confederal state system where Yemen would be divided into north and south existing within a federal state. Most of us were ok with that.

President Hadi [although I hate to call him our President] was pushing the Saudi agenda of the 6 state system. Another thing that a lot of people don’t realise, is that when they divided the 6 state system they purposefully isolated one state called Azal. Azal incorporated many of the Zaydi strongholds, Sadaa, Amran, Sanaa and Dhamar. Azal was left without any resources or any access to the sea. It was blatant imprisonment and suppression of what we would term the “traditional powers” in that area. It was a deliberate attempt to weaken their influence in Yemen.

So Hadi’s plan would have divided Yemen into smaller sectarian states while the Ansarullah plan was more like going back to the boundaries before unity where the south would have greater autonomy over its own internal affairs.

V: How great is the “extremist” threat in Yemen?

H: Let me give you an example. The al-Jauf area has both Sunni and Shia populations and so does Marib and elsewhere. The Zaydi Shias and Shafi Sunnis are both very moderate sects. Yemeni people have no affiliation to the Wahabi sect of Saudi Arabia. Wahabism is alien to Yemen.

We do see certain areas in the South, like Hadramaut which has been in the media lately, parts of which are totally under control of Al Qaeda. The funny thing is, the bombs are falling on the very people that are fighting these extremists. Not a single bomb has been dropped on the extremist strongholds. Even though they know that AQ is in total control of al-Mukalla in Hadramaut and the seaport in that area. That has to be a huge question mark over their true agenda in the region.

The bombing has only achieved one thing and that is to further strengthen these extremist groups in Yemen. I know that in Ansarullah controlled-areas we have the local popular committees that are in charge of security and they have been working round the clock to ensure that the extremist elements are kept at bay. On the battleground their progress has been immensely impeded thanks to the airstrikes that serve as cover for the advancing extremists.

I am not sure if there are any foreign fighters at the moment. I know there are some Saudis, but I am not aware of foreigners from Afghanistan, Chechnya for example. If things escalate I believe we will see many more of these extremists entering Yemen via our borders, yes. Right now the northern borders are secure, apart from Marib where there is heavy fighting going on.

V: How much support are you receiving from Iran?

H: I do not believe that Iran is playing any active role. They support Yemen from a media perspective only. I believe Iran’s “support” is a propaganda ploy to justify hitting Yemen. This war was planned a long time ago, even before Ansarullah moved towards the capital. It becomes very suspicious when you have a president in power and a minority group leaves its stronghold in the northernmost tip of Yemen and moves down towards the capital, Sanaa, in the centre of the country. One city after another in the north falls to them and the president says nothing. Then just as they reach agreement which was the Peace and Partnership Initiative, Hadi suddenly decides that he does not want Ansarullah to have even marginal representation in Government. That was obviously never going to be acceptable, Ansarullah is a force on the ground that must be considered part of the coalition. That is where the conflict originated and that is why they placed Hadi under house arrest because he was following Saudi instructions. Saudi was against the Ansarullah inclusion in Yemen’s government. Then Hadi fled to the south.

My personal take was that the plan was always for Hadi to flee to the south and ask the Saudis for help which justified their bombing of the north of Yemen which has traditionally been the Zaydi stronghold and a thorn in their side. Ansarullah and the army discovered this plan and moved very quickly down to the south and hence you see this widespread bombing in all areas, not just in the north.

As a final point in the analysis of Iran’s role in Yemen. Yemen is a sovereign state and we are free to have bilateral ties with whomsoever we choose. Saudi had a problem with Yemen opening up about 12 flights per week to Iran mainly for bilateral reasons because the rest of the world shut down against Yemen. We have been under Saudi influence for, at least, the last 30 years. Many will say it’s much longer due to Saudi having been implicated in the assassination of President Ibrahim Al Hamdi who was probably the best President that Yemen has ever had.

Yemen’s greatest problems are economic in nature. Saudi never did anything to resolve our economic issues other than putting our leaders on their payroll in order to effectively destroy the country. It’s nearly impossible for a Yemeni to get a visa to travel, even to the UAE.

How can a country flourish when there are so many restrictions upon its people? When Ansarullah came to power our options were reviewed and bilateral ties with Iran were naturally investigated.

Injured kid after Saudi bombing on Talah, in Sada district, northern Yemen

Injured kid after Saudi bombing on Talah, in Sada district, northern Yemen

V: There is a very strong sense of Yemen’s isolation. Even last night 180 Yemeni civilians were massacred in Amran and Lahj yet the media barely mentions it. Is this how you perceive it?

H: Yes. This goes back to decades and decades of isolation. Let me ask this question to the world. The government collapsed in Yemen in September 2014. Can you imagine a country that has gone months and months without a government in place, without a police force, without an army, with a population that does carry arms and with crushing poverty, yet the crime rate is less than “first world” countries like America. Why are these people isolated when they have this inestimable respect for human life? They are an example to the world.

News trickles out via internet, Yemen Today channel and Ansarullah’s channel, al-Masirah. It pains me that people seem to be largely ignoring our suffering, particularly when it is relatively easy to inform themselves these days. For instance, Yemen has had no coverage regarding the internationally banned weaponry that is being used against us. I know that where I work, the area has been decimated. It is an area called Faj Attan a densely populated civilian area where there are shopping areas, thousands of residential homes, schools. How can you use such weapons of mass destruction in an area like this and be exempt from investigation?

V: Are you receiving any help through Oman?

H: Oman appears to have taken a neutral stance, for which I am grateful. The interesting thing is, about a month before the bombing started, I read a report from inside Oman stating that they were preparing for a refugee crisis. They were talking about the possibility of setting up refugee camps on the Yemen/Oman borders. So when the first bombs hit at 1.30 am when we were all asleep, I knew immediately that this had all been pre-planned. Maybe because Oman are part of the Gulf Cooperative [GCC] they had information that something was being prepared against Yemen. I do know that a lot of people have been flown into Oman for treatment, particularly during the suicide bomb attacks on the mosques in Yemen.

V: How is the internet in Yemen? How much electricity or alternative power source is available?

H: People are struggling, there is no power. Can you imagine a country in the 21st century without any power at all? Many people don’t realise that much of the water used in Yemen is pumped from underground reservoirs and so we need diesel or electricity to enable this pumping process, neither of which are available.

From what I hear, electricity is available maybe 40 minutes per week in the capital, Sanaa. There are other areas in the country that have no power at all. We did have this black out problem even before the war but never to this extent. Yes some have generators but black market fuel prices are crippling.

V: You mention WMD. I know there were reports on the use of nuclear bombs. The information coming out of Yemen is sketchy. Do you have any further information or evidence of this claim?

H: I know that 2 of the bombs that were used did produce a nuclear “type” mushroom cloud. Obviously the effects of any radiation will only be seen after time.

Yemen cluster bombs, But even if they did not use nuclear missiles..the weapons they are using are still illegal and devastating. Their use of cluster bombs is well documented, some have failed to detonate and have been photographed on the ground. They have used neutron bombs which generate so much pressure. When my neighbourhood came under attack in first 10 days, the pressure I felt from a relatively distant explosion was terrifying. I had pain in my ears from the pressure draft for weeks afterwards.

The Yemenis were leading normal lives before being suddenly flung into a war zone, its bewildering for everyone. My husband is part of a food distribution network for the poor during Ramadan. He had just gone to deliver some goods to someone in the neighbourhood. Two minutes after he left there were direct rocket hits on this area and this poor man who didn’t even know where his next meal was coming from, was killed. How many more people must die senselessly to serve an Imperialist agenda?

V: Do you have a personal concept of what that Imperialist agenda is?

H: I do not think it is related to Iran despite the propaganda to the contrary. I think we are paying dearly for trying to free ourselves from Saudi slavery. We are paying for our freedom with our lives.

I have been told there are oil and more importantly, gas reserves in al-Jawf which is bordering Saudi Arabia and has been protected by them for years. In 2011 when the people took to the streets demanding a better life, President Saleh was forced to admit its existence publicly for the first time. So we are cursed, we are cursed because we have oil & gas. Every country that has natural resources is cursed and a target of Imperialist intervention.

Saudi Arabia has fostered corruption in Yemen for decades. Ansarullah were committed to ending this poisonous influence on our leaders and this would have countermanded Saudi power in Yemen. When the first bombs hit, the “sold” tribal sheikhs and politicians were seen fleeing to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi air force destroys mosque in bordering governorate of Saada in Yemen

Saudi air force destroys mosque in bordering governorate of Saada in Yemen

V: Would you be able to just elaborate on the situation in Aden and also address why Yemen is so important to Saudi Arabia.

H: Aden is being portrayed by the pro aggression media as being a battle for the legitimacy of Hadi. In 2011 Hadi was the only viable choice to fill the power vacuum. 6 million northerners voted for him while the south actually boycotted elections. This alone should counter the claims that he has legitimacy in the South of Yemen.

In Aden what is happening now is that Hadi has gone back to the South but it has to be made clear that the people of Aden and the surrounding area are not pro Hadi, they are also fighting for their independence and are not pro Saudi aggression.

If you look at a map of the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is landlocked. Its only access or lifeline to the outside world is via the Bab-el-Mandeb straits in the south of Yemen and the Straits of Hormuz which are controlled by Iran. Yemen has never attempted to block or to impede movement through the Yemeni controlled Mandeb straits. To be honest I don’t even think that Yemen truly controls this area, it is covertly under the control of the Imperialist nations. Saudi Arabia has a lot of internal turmoil and is brutally crushing its own internal opposition. We would never interfere in Saudi internal affairs but I believe that they fear a strong Yemen. With our new constitution clearly stating that leaders can only have two terms in power, we would be the only republic in the GCC block. In Saudi Arabia, which is a despotic regime, our evolution could threaten the stability of their ruling families.

V: What is the message that you would like to convey to the outside world.

H: My hope right now, apart from a miracle from God, is that there are more good people than bad people in this world and I wish we could reach out to them and tell them, today it is me, tomorrow it is you.

We just want to survive, we want to live. Yemen is not the country it is being portrayed to be. We are not terrorists. We are proud of our culture. We are a peace loving people. Yemen is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. We are being portrayed as savages by a media that is supporting the savaging of our land.

I also have to say I respect Ansarullah for their wisdom and self -restraint especially when our mosques came under attack. Mosques that may have been built by Zaydi but are inclusive of all sects for worship. Ansarullah released a statement instructing people not to be drawn into the foreign conspiracy to ignite sectarian divisions. I feel they genuinely represent millions of Yemeni who are fighting for self-determination and recognition as a sovereign nation.

Surrender is not an option while our own internal peace process is being derailed by external aggression. Saudi Arabia has failed to send in ground troops and they are attempting to bomb us into submission. They see that this will not succeed so they have now imposed this brutal, horrific, cruel, vicious blockade on Yemen in the hope that the Yemeni people will turn against those who are fighting the Saudi invaders. I am proud of the solidarity that my people have shown to one another. Even in a situation like this where they have so few resources they will still take care of their neighbours. We are human beings and we have a right to a decent life.

Yemen is far from perfect but no country in this world is perfect. We did not wage this war, we did not provoke this war. For the first 40 days of the Saudi offensive, Yemen did not fire one bullet towards Saudi Arabia. It is rank hypocrisy from Saudi Arabia to label us the aggressor. It has always been the opposite, Saudi Arabia has always been sending its filthy elements into my country and attempting to spread its disgusting Wahabi ideology. Whether Zaydi or Shafi we will never adopt this distorted, twisted, ugly version of Islam.

I would go so far as to state that Yemen has potential to be a model for true democracy in the Middle East. There are 25 million people who call Yemen, home. We simply ask to be left in Peace. Is that too much to ask?

Two small refugees from Sada district to Houdeida in Yemen

Two small refugees from Sada district to Houdeida in Yemen

This interview first appeared at thewallwillfall.wordpress.com

Vanessa Beeley is a photographer, writer, peace activist and volunteer with the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine. She lived in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defence and again in 2013. In 2014 she established the Gaza Smile Project to raise funds for children in Gaza. She spent her childhood in Egypt with her father, Sir Harold Beeley who was Special Envoy to Cairo during both Suez Crises, confirmed Nasserist and Middle East Advisor to Ernest Bevin. Since 2011, Vanessa has spent most of her time in the Middle East . She was recently invited to be on the steering committee of the Syria Solidarity Movement. Visit her blog thewallwillfall.wordpress.com.

June 26, 2015

Saudi Arabia Will Fail in Yemen

by mkleit

Asher Orkaby

Asher Orkaby, PhD, is a research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and is the author of a forthcoming book, The International History of the Yemen Civil War, 1962-68.

National Interest

Neutron bomb on the outskirts of Yemeni capital Sanaa

Neutron bomb on the outskirts of Yemeni capital Sanaa

As the warring Yemeni parties gather for preliminary peace talks in Geneva, Saudi Arabia continues its unrelenting bombing campaign against the tribes of the Houthi movement. For two and a half months, the air forces of the Saudi coalition have targeted military sites, homes and businesses affiliated with the Houthi movement, as well as the palaces and residences of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his political allies. Yet, as the Houthis sit down at the negotiating table this week, their domestic political and strategic position has not been greatly affected by this extensive bombing. Saudi Arabia’s futile air campaign is a further demonstration of the limits of airpower in general, and in South Arabia specifically.

Saudi Arabia did not pioneer the use of airpower to exercise regional power, which originated with the British imperial policy of “air control” in post-WWI Iraq. Winston Churchill, the postwar Secretary of War and Secretary of State for Air championed the use of air force to maintain British control over Iraq while expending the least amount of military force on the ground. Inaccurate intelligence, inadequate navigation equipment and pilot errors led many bombs astray, often hitting the wrong target and with little distinction between civilians and militants. Attacks and patrols by the British Royal Air Force were guided by sparse local intelligence networks and were intended more for the psychological impact of unfamiliar aerial bombardment rather than the ability to achieve a military objective.

This model of British imperial power and control was used in other colonial arenas, including South Yemen, then the British Aden Protectorate. A decade of British aerial patrols and attacks during the 1960s failed to stem the tide of a Yemeni nationalist movement that supplanted British colonial rule in South Yemen. The success of Britain’s air control in Arabia was limited by two main factors. The mountainous terrain of Yemen provided the guerilla opposition with an impervious natural cover from bombs within a cave system that pockmarks the landscape. International media was stacked against the remnants of the British Empire and bombs that found civilian targets were met with a great deal of negative press.

The British Royal Air Force was not the only imperial force in South Arabia trying to use its air force to dominate a tribal opposition. During the 1960s, Egypt transferred nearly a third of its air capabilities to North Yemen in support of the fledgling republic founded in 1962. The tactical success of the Egyptian aerial campaign was similarly hampered by Yemen’s terrain. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser even went as far as authorizing the use of poison gas against cave shelters, intending to flush the opposition out into the open before coming back around for a second round of high explosive incendiary bombs.

Air superiority was the linchpin of Egypt’s strategic model of maintaining a triangular defensive perimeter around North Yemen’s three main cities of Hodeidah, Sana’a, and Taiz, while forestalling a concerted guerilla offensive from the surrounding rural and mountainous regions. Both Britain and Egypt were under political pressure to limit the number of casualties that would have undoubtedly occurred as a consequences of a more effective large-scale ground operation. Air power in Arabia, however, was limited in its ability to achieve tangible military goals. Rather than subdue domestic opposition, aerial bombardment only fed the flames of propaganda and distrust of a faceless enemy from above. Both Britain and Egypt were forced to make an ignominious withdrawal by the end of 1967, leaving failed states in their wake.

Saudi air force destroys mosque in bordering governorate of Saada in Yemen

Saudi air force destroys mosque in bordering governorate of Saada in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and its coalition of Arab and African countries appears to be taking the same path as the failed imperial policies of the 1960s. The Saudi air campaign was originally met with tepid enthusiasm by members of Yemen’s Southern Movement and supporters of Yemen’s ousted, but still internationally recognized President, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. Many Yemenis were alarmed by the speed with which the tribesmen of the Houthi movement took control of the government in Sana’a and extended their military presence southward in pursuit of Hadi and his supporters. Two and a half months later, the Saudi bombing campaign has evolved from a series of tactical strikes to slow the Houthi military assault into a vendetta bombing campaign against Saudi political opponents in Yemen. Many of the airstrikes are targeting civilian houses belonging to Saleh’s family and friends, factories deemed suspicious and civilian transportation hubs and airports across the country, all of which have questionable military value.

Sitting comfortably in his luxury hotel of exile, President Hadi continues to condone Saudi bombings even as a staggering number of his countrymen have become internal refugees and are suffering a humanitarian crisis of serious proportions. Rather than garner additional public support for President Hadi, the Saudi bombing campaign has only increased the skepticism of his remote government and has instead played into the hands of Houthi propagandists. All the while, it does not seem that the military capabilities of the Houthi tribesmen or the segments of the Yemeni army still loyal to Saleh have been greatly diminished.

Saudi air force destroys mosque in bordering governorate of Saada in Yemen

Saudi air force destroys mosque in bordering governorate of Saada in Yemen

Not only have the Saudi’s not been able to slow the Houthi advance, but on June 6, Scud missiles launched by Houthi forces hit King Khalid Air Base, Saudi Arabia’s largest air base and the operations center for the current bombing campaign. Although Saudi officials tried to downplay the attack, which was shrouded in secrecy, it soon became known that Saudi Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Muhammad bin Ahmed Al-Shaalan was killed during the attack. This was particularly shocking to the Saudis as the Shaalan family is nationally prominent and connected through marriage and political alliance to the ruling Saud family.

The attack exposed the disturbing unreadiness of Saudi air defense capabilities and the limits of their air force’s ability to affect military and political outcomes in Yemen. Since the beginnings of the bombing campaign in March 2015, Saudi-coalition planes have faced little anti-aircraft fire, hardly a test of the pilots resolve or training. Even though the Houthis lack armed surface-to-air resistance, the recent Scud missile attack reinforced the fact that the Saudi aerial campaign has failed to eliminate the Houthi coalition’s large-scale military capability.

What emerged from the Scud missile debacle was that an American team is operating a Patriot missile defense system in the vicinity of the King Khalid Air Base, which is also the command center for the U.S. drone campaign in the region. It has been reported that several of the fired Scud missiles were intercepted by U.S. Patriot missiles, the first instance where American forces and Houthis exchanged fire, albeit indirectly. Additionally, the U.S. Air Force has been providing Saudi-coalition planes with satellite imagery and intelligence related to Houthi targets. The emergence of these details has reinforced a propaganda line reiterated on the Houthi cable channel al-Masirah that refers to the Saudi coalition as the “Saudi-American coalition.”

Images of Yemeni Scud missile being fired at King Khalid Air Base, Southern KSA

Images of Yemeni Scud missile being fired at King Khalid Air Base, Southern KSA

Despite emerging evidence that the Saudi-coalition’s aerial campaign is not only ineffective but counterproductive to the promotion of a political settlement in Yemen, the bombings continue with no sign of concluding. The relentless pursuit of an aggressive military stance towards the Houthi movement is in part a reflection of Saudi Arabia’s struggle against the ghost of Iranian involvement in South Arabia. There is no Saudi exit strategy in which the bombing can stop, short of a complete Houthi political withdrawal. Otherwise, this war will demonstrate a weakness in Saudi policy towards Iran. This aggressive policy is driven in particular by the new Saudi King Salman’s need to exhibit political and military dominance to quiet his many doubters. The Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the director of operations in Yemen, feels additional pressure to act decisively in order to prove his resolve as the world’s youngest minister of defense at the age of 30.

Even with all of King Salman’s resolve and Mohammad bin Salman’s machismo, the Saudi aerial campaign will be limited by a difficult propaganda war by the Houthis and the same historic terrain that served as an obstacle to British and Egyptian aerial control of Yemen during the 1960s. Saudi Arabia cannot triumph through force of arms alone as its air force has reached the upper limits of what it can achieve against the Houthis. Continuing a fruitless aerial campaign will only foster increasing anti-Saudi political alliance in Yemen and lead to an ignominious withdrawal reminiscent of British and Egyptian withdrawals of the past.

Yemeni soldier destroys Saudi tank from close range inside Saudi-border military camp

Yemeni soldier destroys Saudi tank from close range inside Saudi-border military camp

Yemeni soldiers hold Yemeni flag from Saudi military outpost in Asseer

Yemeni soldiers hold Yemeni flag from Saudi military outpost in Asseer

Yemeni army firing locally-manufactured Zilzal "earthquake" missile at Saudi military base in the south

Yemeni army firing locally-manufactured Zilzal “earthquake” missile at Saudi military base in the south

Yemeni army firing Grad missiles at Saudi bases in south

Yemeni army firing Grad missiles at Saudi bases in south

Yemeni soldier declaring victory over Saudi soldiers in Jizan area south of KSA

Yemeni soldier declaring victory over Saudi soldiers in Jizan area south of KSA

Yemeni soldier holding a LAW during fights against Saudi soldiers in Jizzan

Yemeni soldier holding a LAW during fights against Saudi soldiers in Jizzan

Yemeni Yirivan missiles being fired at Saudi military bases in Jizzan

Yemeni Yirivan missiles being fired at Saudi military bases in Jizzan

May 9, 2015

أهالي صعدة، هلأ لوين؟

by mkleit

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طالب تحالف العدوان السعودي بخروج جميع المدنيّين قبل الساعة 7 مساءاً من مدينة صعدة من أجل “قصف المراكز العسكرية للحوثيين”، وذلك حوالي الساعة 3 من بعد ظهر يوم الجمعة 8 أيار، رغم أنه قصف شبكات الاتصالات في صعدة، ما أدى إلى عزلها عن العالم الخارجي، ولعل المرء يستحضر كلام المتحدث باسم جيش الاحتلال الصهيوني أفيخاي أدرعي، إبّان العدوان الصهيوني على غزة سنة 2014، حيث طلب من “عامة المسلمين في قطاع غزة بمغادرته” من أجل استهداف ما أسماها “المراكز الأمنية والعسكرية”.

تقع المحافظة اليمنية صعدة على الحدود مع السعودية، حيث تحيطها من الجهة الشمالية مناطق نجران وجيزان (سابقا لليمن قبل أن تتخلى عنهم الدولة لصالح السعودية بعد إحتلالها)، ومن جهة الشرق محافظة الجوف، والجنوب محافظة عمران، والغرب محافظة حجة. ولكن تشترك كل هذه المحافظات بالنصيب الأكبر من القصف السعودي اليومي، فأين يذهب أهالي صعدة؟ إن أخذنا بالاعتبار أن أقرب المناطق خارج المحافظة يتطلب من المرء القيادة لثلاث ساعات متواصلة، وهو وقت غير كافي للجميع بسبب شحّ الوقود في المحافظات كافة بفعل الحصار السعودي الشامل على اليمن.

قصف مقام السيد حسين الحوثي في صعدة

قصف مقام السيد حسين الحوثي في صعدة

عانى أهالي قطاع غزة من الأمر عينه، فكان العدو من أمامهم والبحر من خلفهم، والمصري يغلق المعابر الحدودية الوحيدة. فلا مفرّ للغزاوي إلا بتلقّي القذائف أو السباحة هرباً منها. بيد أن أهالي صعدة لا خيار لهم سوى تلقّي القذائف التي سببت المجازر تلو المجازر على مدى أكثر من 40 يوماً من العدوان على اليمن، “وين يروح؟ في الخلاء؟” يقول أحد العاملين في قناة المسيرة اليمنية.

فمنذ صدور الإعلان عن قيادة التحالف السعودي، توقع العاملون في القناة حصول مجازر كثيرة بحق المدنيّين في صعدة “أكثر مما يحصل يومياً”، يقول أحد الصحافيين. ولكن أكد الآخرون على وقوف الشعب وثبوته خلف القوات الأمنية المشتركة واللجان الشعبية بعد هذه الضربات، كما حصل إبّان العدوان الصهيوني على لبنان في تموز 2006 والقصف الهمجي على الضاحية الجنوبية لبيروت. حيث نهض بعض المواطنون من تحت ركام منازلهم ليأكدوا على دعمهم للمقاومة الإسلامية والعمليات العسكرية ضد الإحتلال الصهيوني.

وهي ذات الوقفات والنداءات، من صعدة وحجة والجوف إلى عدن وشبوة ومأرب وتعز، وكان الفعل موازياً للكلام، حيث كان الدعم بالسلاح والغذاء والمال والذهب والدم لعناصر القوات الأمنية المشتركة واللجان الشعبية، ويقوم الأخيران بتحرير المناطق الجنوبية من سيطرة تنظيم القاعدة الإرهابي. بالإضافة إلى قيام  مطالبات شعبية في الجوف وضواحي صنعاء وذمار والحديدة بالدخول البري إلى السعودية للرد على كل جرائم العدوان ميدانياً.

هناك تشابه كبير بين ما حصل لغزة في 2014 ويحصل اليوم في اليمن، ولكن التشابه الأكبر يأتي بين تعامل الصهيوني والسعودي مع الحروب على الشعوب، إن كان بعدم وجود بنك أهداف واضح المعالم ومحدد، أو بتبرير قتل المدنيّين وتدمير مساكنهم باستهداف “مراكز عسكرية للعدو”. بالإضافة إلى إضفاء معاني “الشرعية والودّ” للعمليات العسكرية عبر إعطائها أسماء “لطيفة” مثل “إعادة الأمل” التابعة للعدوان السعودي أو “Protective Edge الزاوية الوقائية” التابعة للجيش الإسرائيلي في عدوانها الأخير على غزة والتي أسمتها كذلك للإعلام الغربي، بينما كان “الجرف الصامد” للإعلام العربي.

صورة من العدوان الإسرائيلي على غزة 2014

صورة من العدوان الإسرائيلي على غزة 2014

April 27, 2015

Former U.N. Envoy Says Yemen Political Deal was Close Before Saudi Airstrikes Began

by mkleit

Joe Lauria at newseditor@wsj.com and Margaret Coker atmargaret.coker@wsj.com

WSJ

A Houthi rebel in San’a, Yemen on Sunday walks past a building damaged by the Saudi-led air campaign against the Iranian-backed force. PHOTO: KHALED ABDULLAH/REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS—Yemen’s warring political factions were on the verge of a power-sharing deal when Saudi-led airstrikes began a month ago, derailing the negotiations, the United Nations envoy who mediated the talks said.

Jamal Benomar, who spearheaded the negotiations until he resigned last week, told The Wall Street Journal the Saudi bombing campaign against Iran-linked Houthi rebels has hardened positions on a key point—the composition of an executive body to lead Yemen’s stalled transition. This will complicate new attempts to reach a solution, he said.

“When this campaign started, one thing that was significant but went unnoticed is that the Yemenis were close to a deal that would institute power-sharing with all sides, including the Houthis,” said Mr. Benomar, a Moroccan diplomat.

Mr. Benomar is scheduled to address the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors on Monday and report on the suspended political talks.

Most Yemeni political factions agree talks were progressing in the run-up to the Saudi air campaign, but their views vary on Mr. Benomar’s assertion that a deal was close.

This round of U.N.-brokered talks—which began in January and included 12 political and tribal factions—represented a crucial part of a mission to install a unified government in Yemen, the poorest Arab country and home to al Qaeda’s most dangerous offshoot.

The Houthi rebels, who have overrun significant parts of the country in the past eight months, had agreed to remove their militias from the cities they were occupying under the deal that had been taking shape. The U.N. had worked out details of a new government force to replace them, Mr. Benomar said.

In exchange, Western-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who has since fled the country, would have been part of an executive body that would run the country temporarily, Mr. Benomar said.

The Houthis had agreed to that reduced role for Mr. Hadi until the Saudi military intervention began on March 26. At that point, the Houthis hardened their position on this key point and opposed any role for Mr. Hadi in government, Mr. Benomar said.

Saudi-backed factions have also hardened their positions, saying the Houthis shouldn’t be granted political power.

Several Yemeni political factions, which were also interested in power-sharing, said the military tensions in the capital led to feelings of unease during negotiations. In their takeover of the capital, the Houthis kidnapped members of rival political parties.

“We did not like the Houthi plan on the table, but we were willing to sign it since it reflected reality. It was either that or no deal,” said Mohammed Abulahoum, president of Yemen’s Justice and Building Party.

The air campaign transformed Yemen into a battlefield for a broader contest over regional power between Shiite Iran and Sunni countries led by Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis want to restore Mr. Hadi to the presidency and also support a separate armed political faction named Islah, which is anti-Houthi. Iran supports the Houthis, who abide by a Shiite offshoot of Islam. Many Yemenis accuse both countries of meddling in their affairs.

The Houthis took over the capital San’a and the government and then advanced on the south.As they approached the port city of Aden, where Mr. Hadi had taken refuge, he fled the country and ended up in Saudi Arabia.

Yemen’s troubles mark an abrupt turnabout from what the international community had once hailed as a success story.

The 2011 Arab Spring protests triggered political change in Yemen, a largely peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy. Groups that felt oppressed or excluded for decades under the former regime, such as the Houthis, were supposed to take part in the new government.

But that transition stalled in 2014. In the two months leading up to the Saudi air campaign, the Houthis and other parties insisted on a reduced role for Mr. Hadi, blaming him for the slow pace of reform.

Mr. Hadi, his Saudi allies and other political factions opposed the terms for the presidency being hammered out by Mr. Benomar.

“A very detailed agreement was being worked out, but there was one important issue on which there was no agreement, and that was what to do with the presidency,” Mr. Benomar said. “We were under no illusion that implementation of this would be easy.”

Two other Arab states—Qatar and Morocco—were willing to host new rounds of Yemen peace talks. But after both countries joined the Saudi-led military coalition, the Houthis rejected those venues, according to Mr. Benomar.

President Hadi has suggested that talks resume in the Saudi capital of Riyadh under Saudi auspices. But that was a non-starter for the Houthis.

A senior diplomat familiar with the negotiations said the Saudis also intervened to prevent a power-sharing deal that would include the Houthis and that would give 30 % of the cabinet and parliament to women.

Saudi Arabia declared last week that it was shifting to a new phase in the Yemen campaign more focused on seeking a political solution. But it left open the option of continued military action, and has kept up airstrikes at a robust pace since the declaration.

Mr. Benomar said he would tell the Security Council on Monday that only U.N.-led talks in a neutral location can have any chance of success.

On Saturday, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania was named as the new U.N. envoy for Yemen.

On Sunday, Yemeni officials reported several apparent strikes by the Saudi coalition against Houthi targets amid deadly clashes between Houthi militants and forces aligned with Mr. Hadi.

Strikes hit the capital San’a as well as targets in energy-rich Marib province, officials said. Several southern provinces also saw strikes, including one that hit a convoy of Houthi fighters heading to the southern port city of Aden.

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April 4, 2015

Who’s more dangerous, ISIL or Houthis?

by mkleit

 Telegraph

Iraqi soldier in the markets of Karbala https://www.flickr.com/photos/98070911@N05/16446372336/

Iraqi soldier in the markets of Karbala
https://www.flickr.com/photos/98070911@N05/16446372336/

“We neither need sympathy nor denunciations; we need better weapons and more ammunition!” – Haidar, an Iraqi soldier keeping an eagle’s eye on a busy market in Kadimiya, a district located northern Baghdad, while replying to the merchants’ salutations as he walks by their small colorful shops, which covered the atmosphere with the scent of spices and Arabian musk. “We are strong, but we’re exhausted as well (..) it takes one day to assemble forces and launch an attack on terrorism”, implying to the fact that none of the Arab nations have come to aid Iraqis against the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant “ISIL”, unlike what is happening nowadays in Yemen

A Saudi-led aerial assault hit Yemeni capital, Sanaa, alongside other Houthi-controlled areas, after Yemeni president Abed Rabbu Mansour’s request to “protect Yemen from Houthis”; but why haven’t the 10 participating Arab and Asian nations did the same thing when ISIL conquered much of Western Iraq and North-Eastern Syria?

Probably the answer lies in the Bab el Mandeb, the world’s most strategic and profitable strait, found in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula. Almost 3,300,000 oil barrels pass daily through that very strait, which is equivalent to 4% of global demand, as well as 21,000 trade vessels annually, which is 10% of global trade shipment movements. Once Houthis have reached the provinces surrounding Bab el Mandeb, Saudis have declared war against Houthis and stated that it is a case of “national security and interests”, without giving any sort of hard evidence proving so, probably because Saudis would not want another strait controlled by “the enemy”, such the Iranian-controlled Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf

Moreover, Houthis have sufficed for solely rejecting Saudi interference in Yemeni affairs; ISIL leaders have recently stated that Saudi Arabia is a target-country, urging its followers in the kingdom to target economical institutes and social gatherings. Even before that, assassinated al-Qaeda leader in Yemen Anwar al-Awlaki has repeatedly called for attacks against Saudi Arabia for the latter’s cooperation with “the imperialist powers against the Islamic Umma”

Another answer might be found in the oil wells of Iraq and Syria.  So far, ISIL has been indirectly serving the Saudi oil monopoly and trade – Saudi Arabia has 18% of petroleum reserves and prominent petroleum exporter worldwide – in face of other regional rivals, especially Iraq, which has the fifth largest oil reserves, yet the terrorist group controls a big portion of the oil wells

The third answer is in the ideological and religious closeness of ISIL and Saudi Arabia’s religious authority. Unlike Houthis, whom are Yazdi-Shiites of the Islamic religion, ISIL and Saudi Arabia’s religious authority share many methods of internal governance, such rule of Wahhabist law, forcing women to wear burqa’, imprisoning activists for charges of defamation of royalty or religious figures; though they slightly differ in political goals – each wants a pan-Islamic governance for itself.

August 8, 2013

President Obama: Stop drone attacks in Yemen

by mkleit
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US drone firing at targets in Yemen, most deaths are civilians

 

USA drone attacks kill children and innocent civilians in Yemen in the name of “war against terrorisim”. This is illigal and against all international and humanitarian laws. People of the world, please sign this petition to stop this crime.

 
To: 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama 
International Criminal Court 
International court of justic 
President Obama, President of the UAS 
US embassy in Yemen 
US embassy in yemen- Public Affairs, Public Affairs 
American Embassy in Yemen 
Stop drone attacks in Yemen 
USA have -for several years now- launched a “so called war on terrorism” by using drone strikes in Yemen that is resulting in illegal targeted killings and murdering of innocent Yemeni citizens without court trail in any international court of law on sovereign nations. USA should be made accountable, charged of crimes against humanity, people involved sentenced & victims compensated immediately. We need to stop these strikes on innocent children and people of Yemen. 

Sincerely, 
X

 

 

 Names of children killed by the US drone attaks so far in Yemen
  1. Petition Organizer

    Afrah Ali Mohammed Nasser | 9 | female 
    Zayda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 7 | female 
    Hoda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 5 | female 
    Sheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser | 4 | female 
    Ibrahim Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 13 | male 
    Asmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 9 | male 
    Salma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | female 
    Fatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 3 | female 
    hadije Ali Mokbel Louqye | 1 | female 
    Hanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye | 6 | female 
    Mohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | male 
    Jawass Mokbel Salem Louqye | 15 | female 
    Maryam Hussein Abdullah Awad | 2 | female 
    Shafiq Hussein Abdullah Awad | 1 | female 
    Sheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh | 3 | female 
    Maha Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 12 | male 
    Soumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 9 | female 
    Shafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 4 | female 
    Shafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 2 | male 
    Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari | 13 | male 
    Daolah Nasser 10 years | 10 | female 
    AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout | 12 | male 
    AbdelRahman Anwar al Awlaki | 16 | male

     

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    Estimated deaths from drone strikes in Yemen since 2002 until 2012; number increasing due to “war on terror”

February 17, 2013

Bahrain: The Palestine of the Arab Gulf

by mkleit

For those of you who don’t know, this is Bahrain: (feel free to google for more information about the country)

Bahrain is located in the Middle East, it is the smallest Arab country but an influential one with its oil riches
http://ir.blogs.ie.edu

Probably the title may seem as a political opinion, but it’s not. This would be far from a political analysis as much as it would be a humanitarian spread of information.

Bahrain has followed the stream of the so-called “Arab Spring”, though in my personal opinion, it is the only country that is having a true revolution, alongside the protests in Eastern provinces of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
The reason for that: Bahrain is only “Arab Spring” country that has minimal news coverage since the 14th of February 2011, the start of its revolution.

For me, it is because of the verity of its peaceful protest and their would be no use for “the higher powers” of a change in Bahrain’s current political system. But if you have checked the outcome of other “Arab Spring” revolution you might realize the following:

  1. Egypt is still in time of turmoil due to “unchanged” regime that has come to their newly formed political system.
  2. Yemen is drowning in political problems that keep on evolving day by day due to tribal collisions and deviation from the original demands of the revolution.
  3. Tunisia, the first spark of the revolutions, are not different from their Egyptian counterparts, where the type of regime is the same, and with the same results as well.
  4. Libya has entered a excruciating civil war that’s tearing the country apart, as well as the great loss in most of its resources after the NATO interference in removing former dictator Muamar Ghaddafi. Libya was concerned a country that could turn all of Africa into a huge green space due to its resources that varied from gold, oil, gas, and water.
  5. Syria is a complex issue. From my own point of view, the first protests were true and honest until it was infiltrated by several terrorist groups that tore several regions of country apart, especially within the opposition itself. The reformation that Syrian president Bashar Assad has done lessened the levels of violence, until the terrorist groups have took over the whole opposition. It’s not weird that you find several central commands for the Syrian opposition; most of them not related to each other, such as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Syrian National Council, Al-Nusra Front, etc… Media had a huge role in diverting public opinions to be extreme to both pro and anti-regime.

All that, Palestine is still outside the map and witnessed a severe aggression from the zionist entity in its land. To make this all brief and straight forward, “israel” is the only one that’s benefiting from the “Arab Spring”. From the North, there are Lebanon and Syria that are directly affected with the latter’s crisis.

Syria, part of the axis of opposition to “israel”, with Lebanon, Iran, and Palestine. The zionist entity also benefited from Egypt’s turmoil, since the Arab country has a huge weight in the Arab-israeli conflict, due to geopolitical reasons. While as the rest of the Arab countries, fall under colonial benefits for elite nations.

 

Bahrain’s revolution in Photo
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/175357.html

 

But what about Bahrain? Why makes it special apart from all other Arab countries that witnessed revolutions? I’ll tell you why. Bahrain is the only country among the above mentioned that served a peaceful unarmed revolution, yet the regime faced the protests with apprehensions, detainment, preposterous legislation, and death.

Where was the media from all this? Mainstream media in the Arab Gulf is an allied nation by itself and follows the command of the Gulf kings. One Ommani friend once told me in a gathering of Journalists in Amman, Jordan: “You can only praise the king, army, allies, and religion in Arab mainstream media, but not criticize them, or else…”

Or else the king and his allies will either seize your acts, by diplomacy or force, and what’s even worse, diverting public opinion against you. Thus what is happening in the smallest Arab country. Search mainstream media during news broadcasts, only a small number of them would report the Bahraini revolution on a daily basis, those who have a political agenda with the people, such as Al-Alam TV (Iranian), al Manar TV (Lebanese, pro-Hezbollah), Press TV (Iranian), Addonnia (Syrian, pro-government), Itijah TV (Iraqi, Lebanese-based, pro-axis of opposition to “israel”), al-Akhbar newspaper (Lebanese, pro-axis of opposition to “israel”) and few more. On the other side, worldwide media outlets would only mention Bahrain if it’s a global matter such as the F1 competition, Arab Gulf League gathering, or some festival…

And to make things worse, Saudi and Bahraini officials have agreed to send Saudi forces to the Arab island to “preserve peace and harmony”. None of which is being achieved due to the continuous oppression on protesters.

 

Bahrain – Palestine, the wound is one
occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com

 

Why Palestine and Bahrain are sort of similar?

  1. Occupied by foreign forces; the only difference stands is that Palestine is occupied by a religiously-based extremist movement of no nationality, known as zionism, which has an ideology that Palestine and parts of the Arab world are their “promised land”. Bahrain is currently occupied by religiously-based extremist movement of a known nationality, known as Wahabism, which has an ideology of oppressing all what is not Wahabi, regardless if the oppressed was Muslim or not.
  2. International mainstream media ignores the situation of the oppressed and often leans towards the oppressor, that is if the whole situation was reported. While as local Arab media would report Palestine on a daily basis, but not giving it a priority, while as Bahrain is completely marginalized.
  3. Journalists in both countries are being censored or faced with harsh treatment while performing their job.
  4. The stereotype that both countries’ are being oppressed on a secular basis, Palestine because they are Muslims and Bahrain because they are Shiites. This is completely falsified, Palestine is a multicultural society, it has Muslims, Christians, Jews, communists, secularists, and so on. Bahrain’s revolution is based on the collaboration of Shiites with Sunnis, secularists, and communists all together.

I do believe there are several more reasons that correlate with the comparison. God save Bahrain and Palestine. The latter is the mother, and the first is its two-years old child.

February 10, 2013

وثيقة كيفونيم الصهيونية التي تدعو لتقسيم سوريا منذ العام 1982

by mkleit

من قوميون عرب

للتذكير نحو وعي وطني ..: مجلة كيفونيم وثيقة صهيونية نشرتها عام 1982 تفتيت سورية وخلق وطن بديل بالاردن وتمزيق الدول العربية إلى دويلات وكيانات صغيرة على أسس عرقية ودينية هدف أولي لإسرائيل.. الشاهد السياسي ..: في إطار سعي موقع البعث ميديا لكشف مزيد من الحقائق التي تظهر تورط الكيان الصهيوني بالأحداث الأخيرة في الوطن العربي ولاسيما فيما يتعلق بسورية تمت العودة لوثيقة صهيونية نشرتها مجلة “كيفونيم” عام 1982 تؤكد أن الكيان الصهيوني يعمل منذ فترة طويلة على تمزيق الدول العربية إلى دويلات وكيانات صغيرة على أسس عرقية ودينية وهو لا يتوانى عن استخدام جميع الأساليب القذرة لتحقيق ذلك.

ففي مقال ـ تحت عنوان / إسرائيل الكبرى / ـ نشرته مجلة “كيفونيم” Kivonim النشرة التي تصدرها المنظمة الصهيونية العالمية في العدد 14 شباط 1982 – وهي النشرة الرسمية الناطقة باسم هذه المنظمة ـ تستعرض المنظمة الصهيونية العالمية بعضا من استراتيجية اسرائيل. وهدا النص يعري نوايا وخطط ومؤامرات الدولة اليهودية لتفتيت وتمزيق كل الدول العربية والاسلامية.

إلا أن مؤامرات كبرى على هذا النطاق الواسع لا تشكل مجرد عنترية صهيونية، بل تشكل خطرا حقيقيا لنشوب حرب عالمية ثالثة قد يستتبعه التورط في حرب نووية تؤدي الى انتحار كوكبنا الارضي. وهذه الخطط اليهودية الشيطانية لا يقتصر خطرها على جزء محدود من العالم، بل يهدد جميع الشعوب، تهديدا فعليا، نظراً لأن الدويلة اليهودية قد حققت فعلا ـ حتى الان ـ كل ما خططت له.

ونورد فيما يلي الفقرات الاكثر دلالة في المقال والذي يكشف عن أبعاد أحلام اليهود ومن يتطلعون الى “إسرائيل الكبرى”. ننشره حرفيا كما نشر في مجلة “كيفونيم” التي تصدرها “المنظمة الصهيونية العالمية” في القدس ( العدد 14 فبراير، شباط 1982 ).

“..ان استرداد سيناء، بمواردها الحالية هو هدفنا الأولي. وعلينا ان نعمل على استعادتها. ان وضع مصر الاقتصادي، وطبيعة نظامها، وسياستها العربية هي قنوات تصب في نقطة واحدة تستدعي من اسرائيل مواجهتها. ومصر وبحكم ازماتها الداخلية، لم تعد تمثل بالنسبة لنا مشكلة استراتيجية، وسيكون بالامكان، خلال 24 ساعة فقط، اعادتها الى ما كانت عليه قبل حرب يونيو (حزيران) 1967، فقد تلاشى تماماً وهمها بزعامة مصر للعالم العربي. وقد خسرت – في مواجهة اسرائيل خمسين بالمائة من قوتها. واذا هي استطاعت الافادة – في المستقبل المنظور – من استعادتها لسيناء، فان ذلك لن يغير في ميزان القوى شيئا. كذلك فقد فقدت تماسكها ومركزيتها، وخاصة بعد تفاقم حدة الاحتكاك بين مسلميها ومسيحييها، لذا ينبغي علينا كهدف سياسي اساسي بعد التسعينات على الجبهة الغربية، أن نعمل على تقسيم مصر وتفتيتها الى اقاليم جغرافية متفرقة.

وعندما تصبح مصر هكذا مجزأة، وبدون سلطة مركزية سنعمل على تفكيك كيانات ودول اسلامية اخرى كليبيا والسودان وغيرهما، ونعمل على تشكيل دولة قبطية في أعالي مصر، واقامة كيانات اقليمية انفصالية ضعيفة أخرى في كل البلدان الاسلامية، مما سيبدأ به تطور تاريخي حتمي على المدى الطويل. والمشاكل القائمة في الجبهة الغربية حاليا، تقل كثيراً عن مثيلاتها في الجبهة الشرقية.

ان تقسيم لبنان الى خمسة اقاليم، سيكون مقدمة لما سيحدث في مختلف ارجاء العالم العربي. وتفتيت سورية والعراق الى مناطق محددة على اسس المعايير العرقية او الدينية، يجب ان يكون – على المدى البعيد – هدفاً اولوياً لاسرائيل، علماً بان المرحلة الاولى منه تتمثل في تحطيم القوة العسكرية لدى هاتين ا الدولتين.

ان البنية الطائفية لسورية ستساعدنا على تفكيكها الى دولة شيعية على طول الساحل الغربي، ودولة سنية في منطقة حلب، واخرى في دمشق، وكيان درزي سيقاتل بدعمنا لتشكيل دولة انفصالية في الجولان ـ من حوران وشمالي المملكة الاردنية. ودولة كهذه من شأنها ان تكون ـ على المدى البعيد ـ قوة لنا. وتحقيق هذا الهدف هو في متناول ايدينا.

والعراق – الغني بنفطه، والفريسة للصراعات الداخلية، هو في مرمى التسديد الاسرائيلي. وانهياره سيكون ـ بالنسبة الينا ـ اهم من انهيار سورية، لان العراق يمثل اقوى تهديد لاسرائيل، في المدى المنظور. واندلاع حرب بينه وبين سورية سيسهل انهياره الداخلي، قبل ان يتمكن من توجيه حملة واسعة النطاق ضدنا علماً بان كل مواجهة بين عرب وعرب، ستكون مفيدة جدا لنا، لأنها ستقرب ساعة الانفجار المرتقب. ومن الممكن ان تعجل الحرب الحالية مع ايران.

ثم ان شبه جزيرة العرب مهيأة لتفكك وانهيار من هذا القبيل، تحت ضغوط داخلية. كما هو الحال في المملكة العربية السعودية بالذات حيث يتمشى اشتداد الازمات الداخلية وسقوط النظام الملكي، مع منطق بنيتها السياسية الراهنة.

وتعتبر المملكة الاردنية هدفاً استراتيجياً لنا في الوقت الحاضر.

وهي لن تشكل – في المدى البعيد – تهديداً لنا، بعد تفككها ونهاية حكم الحسين، وانتقال السلطة الى يد الاكثرية الفلسطينية. وهو ما ينبغي على السياسة الاسرائيلية ان تتطلع اليه وتعمل من أجله. ان هذا التغيير سيعني حل مشكلة الضفة الغربية، ذات الكثافة الشديدة من السكان العرب. اذ ان هجرة هؤلاء العرب الى الشرق نحو الأردن ـ سلماً او حرباً ـ وتجميد وتوقيف نمومهم الاقتصادي والديموغرافي، هما ضمانة للتحولات القادمة التي سنفرضها، وعلينا بذل كل الجهود من اجل الاسراع بهذا المسار. ويجب استبعاد ورفض خطة الحكم الذاتي، أو أي خطة أخرى تهدف الى تسوية او الى مشاركة أو تعايش.

على العرب الاسرائيليين ـ وضمناً كل الفلسطينيين، ان نجعلهم بالقوة يقتنعون انهم لن يستطيعوا اقامة وطن ودولة الا في المملكة الاردنية، ولن يعرفوا الأمان إلاّ باعترافهم بالسيادة اليهودية فيما بين البحر المتوسط ونهر الاردن.

وفي عصر الذرة هذا، لم يعد ممكناً قبول تزاحم ارباع السكان اليهود داخل منطقة ساحلية مكتظة ومعرضة لتقلبات الطبيعة. لذا، فان تشتيت وابعاد العرب هو من اولى واجبات سياستنا الداخلية. ف”يهودا والسامرة والجليل” ـ الضفة الغربية ـ هي الضمانات الوحيدة لبقائنا الوطني، واذا لم نصبح الاكثرية في المناطق الجبلية، فيخشى ان نواجه مصير الصليبيين، الذين فقدوا هذه البلاد. كما ان اعادة التوازن على الصعيد الديموغرافي والاستراتيجي والاقتصادي، يجب ان يكون مطمحاً رئيسياً لنا. وهذا ينطوي على ضرورة السيطرة على الموارد المائية في المنطقة كلها الواقعة بين بئر السبع والجليل الاعلى، والخالية من اليهود حالياً”.

امّا مبادئ المخطط الصهيوني اليهودي فهي:

1 ـ محاربة الدين وإسقاط أنظمة الحكم غير الموالية لليهود، من خلال تمويل الحركات الهدامة والانفصالية ذات الأفكار التحررية واليسارية وتمويل المنتصر منها بالقروض.

2 ـ ضرورة المحافظة على السرية. يجب أن تبقى سلطتنا الناجمة عن سيطرتنا على المال مخفيّة عن أعين الجميع ، لغاية الوصول إلى درجة من القوة لا تستطيع أي قوة منعنا من التقدم.

3 ـ إفساد الأجيال الناشئة لدى الأمم المختلفة. من خلال ترويج ونشر جميع أشكال الانحلال الأخلاقي لإفساد الشبيبة، وتسخير النساء للعمل في دور الدعارة، وبالتالي تنتشر الرذيلة حتى بين سيدات المجتمع الراقي إقتداءً بفتيات الهوى وتقليدا لهن.

4 ـ الغزو السلمي التسللي هو الطريق الأسلم، لكسب المعارك مع الأمم الأخرى. الغزو الاقتصادي لاغتصاب ممتلكات وأموال الآخرين، لتجنب وقوع الخسائر البشرية في الحروب العسكرية المكشوفة.

5 ـ إطلاق شعارات ـ يقصد بها العكس ـ الديموقراطية والحرية والمساواة والإخاء، بغية تحطيم النظم غير الموالية لليهود ليلقى لصوص هذه المؤامرة بعدها شيئا من التقدير والاحترام.

6 ـ إثارة الحروب وخلق الثغرات في كل معاهدات السلام التي تعقد بعدها لجعلها مدخلا لإشعال حروب جديدة. وذلك لحاجة المتحاربين إلى القروض، وحاجة كل من المنتصر والمغلوب لها بعد الحرب لإعادة الإعمار والبناء، وبالتالي وقوعهم تحت وطأة الديون اليهودية ومسك الحكومات الوطنية من خنّاقها، وتسيير أمورها حسب ما يقتضيه المخطط من سياسات يهودية هدامة.

7 ـ خلق قادة للشعوب من ضعاف الشخصية الذين يتميزون بالخضوع والخنوع. وذلك بإبرازهم وتلميع صورهم من خلال الترويج الإعلامي لهم، لترشيحهم للمناصب العامة في الحكومات الوطنية، ومن ثم التلاعب بهم من وراء الستار بواسطة عملاء متخصّصين لتنفيذ سياساتنا )

8 ـ امتلاك وسائل الإعلام والسيطرة عليها لترويج الأكاذيب والإشاعات والفضائح الملفّقة التي تخدم المؤامرة اليهودية.

9 ـ قلب أنظمة الحكم الوطنية المستقلة بقراراتها ، والتي تعمل من أجل شعوبها ولا تستجيب للمتطلبات اليهودية. وذلك بإثارة الفتن وخلق فتن داخلية فيها لتؤدي إلى حالة من الفوضى ، وبالتالي سقوط هذه الأنظمة الحاكمة وإلقاء اللوم عليها ، وتنصيب عملاء اليهود قادة في نهاية كل ثورة وإعدام من يُلصق بهم تهمة الخيانة من النظام المعادي لليهود.

10 ـ نشر العقائد الإلحادية المادية العلمانية.من خلال تنظيم الجمعيات و الاحزاب، تحت ستار التعددية، والتي تحارب كل ما تمثله الأديان السماوية، وتساهم أيضا في تحقيق أهداف المخططات الأخرى داخل البلدان التي تتواجد فيها.

11 ـ استعمال الدبلوماسية السريّة من خلال العملاء. للتدخل في أي اتفاقات أو مفاوضات، وخاصة بعد الحروب لتحوير بنودها بما يتفق مع المخططات اليهودية.

September 18, 2012

هل هناك فيلم أم ان العرب هم الفيلم؟

by mkleit

الياس خوري

حتى الآن لم ير احد الفيلم الذي اخرجه رجل مستعار الاسم قيل انه سام بازيل او سام باسيل، وهو اسرائيلي امريكي، ثم قيل ان باسيل هو منتج الفيلم اما مخرجه فيدعى آلان روبرتس، كما قيل ان مخرج الفيلم رجل آخر اسمه نيقولا باسيلي نيقولا. الاول مقاول والثاني نصاب ومختلس. اما عنوان الفيلم ‘براءة المسلمين’، فليس هو العنوان الاصلي، اذ قيل ان عنوانه كان ‘مقاتلو الصحراء’، وهو يدور قبل الفي سنة اي قبل ظهور الاسلام، وان اسم بطله خلال التصوير كان جورج، لكنه تحوّل في ‘التريلر’ الذي عرض على اليو- تيوب الى محمد.

الاصولي الصهيوني- المسيحي المتعصب تيري جونز، الذي اراد احراق القرآن هلل للفيلم، والمصري المعتوه موريس صادق، الذي يهلوس بفكرة طرد المسلمين الى الصحراء دعمه، والمحافظون الجدد من ايتام جورج دبليو بوش، رقصوا طربا له.

حكاية تلخص ابشع ما في العنصرية وفوبيا الاسلام واللاسامية الجديدة ضد العرب والمسلمين.

لكن السؤال هو هل هناك فيلم؟

قيل انه عرض مرة واحدة في كاليفورنيا لكن العرض توقف لأن الصالة كانت فارغة. عمليا لم ير احد الفيلم الذي هدد السيد نيقولا باسيلي نقولا، قبيل سوقه الى التحقيق، بأنه سيعرضه كاملا، وسيتحفنا بساعتين من البذاءة والهبل والسفالة!

تابعت اخبار هذا الفيلم اللعين في جميع الصحف الامريكية، فلم اعثر على خبر، بل عثرت على نتف تشبه النمائم، ولم اقرأ مقالا واحدا لناقد او صحافي شاهده.

هل نحن امام خدعة صنعها الاعلام الالكتروني، وحققت هدفها، بأن تحولت طبلا رقص على ضرباته الوف المتظاهرين في دول الربيع العربي الاربع: مصر وليبيا وتونس واليمن، اضافة الى السودان وتسبب في فوضى دموية اودت بالسفير الامريكي في ليبيا وببعض المتظاهرين.

وحين تسأل ماذا يجري لا يجيبك سوى الصراخ والدعوة الى الثأر للكرامة، واحراق القنصليات والمدارس والاعلام. كأننا امام جنون جماعي منظم اُفلت من عقاله، حيث احتل السلفيون المشهد مهددين متوعدين السلطات الاسلامية في بلادهم؟

ما هذا؟

قبل الغضب والهياج الجماهيري كان يجب ان نسأل هل هناك فيلم ومن صنعه؟ أم ان من نظّم وقاد هذه الاحتجاجات كان يبحث عن حجة كي ينزل الى الشارع ويقتل ويدّمر. اميل الى الاعتقاد ان الفيلم الحقيقي كان في الشوارع، اما ‘التريلر’ الذي لا تزيد مدته عن اربع عشرة دقيقة فكان الحجة.

دعوني اطرح بعض الأسئلة:

اولا، ألا يجدر بنا ان نقرأ الفيلم في سياق الحملة الانتخابية الامريكية، حيث يكشّر اليمين المحافظ والصهيوني عن انيابه بهدف اسقاط باراك اوباما وايصال رومني الى الرئاسة. ان من يتابع حملة التجييش الاعلامية والاعلانية في الولايات المتحدة يعلم ان باراك اوباما يُشتم لسببين، الاول بوصفه ابن رجل مسلم يدعى حسين، والثاني لأنه لا يستأنس بغطرسة نتنياهو وعنجهيته، فرئيس الحكومة الاسرائيلية يعتقد انه يستطيع جر امريكا الى الحرب مع ايران. الا يمكن ان نرى في هذه الضجة الدموية احدى الوسائل للبرهنة على انه في 11 ايلول/ سبتمبر 2012 جرت مذبحة جديدة ضد الامريكيين، قام بها مسلمون في عهد رئيس يدعون انه مسلم.

انا لست هنا في معرض الدفاع عن ادارة اوباما التي اثبتت عجزها و/او عدم رغبتها في التخلي عن دعمها الاعمى للاحتلال الاسرائيلي، ولكن ما وصفته هو حقيقة الاشياء كما تبدو في سياق الحملة الرئاسية الامريكية.

ثانيا، الا يحق لنا ان نتساءل لماذا انفجرت المظاهرات في مصر وليس في اي مكان آخر. فالاحتجاجات الصاخبة ضد الرسوم الكاريكاتورية الدنماركية المسيئة للرسول العربي، بدأت في السعودية قبل ان تنتشر في العالمين العربي والاسلامي؟ ثم لماذا اقتصرت الاحتجاجات على دول الربيع العربي دون غيرها؟ هل يعود السبب كما قيل الى المناخ الديمقراطي الذي اطلقته الثورات؟ أم ان العكس صحيح، فالاحتقان الديني يشكل متنفسا للشعوب التي ترزح تحت نير الاستبداد، وبالتالي يكون من المنطقي ان تنفجر مظاهرات الغضب فيها، مثلما حصل دائما؟

ثالثا، هل صحيح ان المظاهرات كانت عفوية؟ لا شك انه يمكن الاستنتاج بأن اصابع تنظيم ‘القاعدة’ لعبت دوراً كبيرا في اغتيال السفير الامريكي في ليبيا، لكن من انزل جحافل الاصوليين الى الشوارع؟ هل نزلوا بشكل عفوي تعبيرا عن مشاعرهم، ام هناك قيادة قررت هزّ العصا في وجه الاخوان والنهضة، من اجل ان تُحدث تعديلا في ميزان القوى السياسي الذي اسفرت عنه الانتخابات؟

رابعا، هل استغل السلفيون الفيلم من اجل التحرك داخليا ولفرض وجودهم على الأرض، ام هناك ايضا اجندة لدى بعض مموليهم تتمنى فوز رومني، لأنها تعتبر ان ضرب ايران هو اولويتها المطلقة؟

خامسا، لنفترض ان الافتراضات السابقة كلها خاطئة، فلماذا اتخذ التحرك ضد ‘تريلر’ تافه وسفيه ولم يره احد تقريبا، هذا الشكل الدموي الاعلامي؟

هل يكفي ان يعزف مهوس عنصري على زماره حتى يرقص على ايقاعه الراقصون؟ اين العقل؟ وما هذه الشعارات الخرساء التي لا تقول شيئا؟ هل يعتقدون ان التعامل مع الدول يكون بتحميلها مسؤولية عمل مشين قامت به عصابة وسوف تكشف الأيام انه لم يكن فيلما، بل كان استفزازا رخيصا وصل اصحابه الى مبتغياتهم، بل الى اكثر من ذلك: تصوير العرب كغوغاء، وتشويه ثوراتهم الديمقراطية والاستنتاج بأن الدولة الصهيونية العنصرية هي الديمقراطية الوحيدة في المنطقة.

هل هذا ما ارادوه، ام هــــم يتــــبعون مشاريع لا يفقــــهون منــــها شيئا، وتهدف في النـــهاية الى تحويل البلاد العربية الى مزبلة؟

وغدا سوف تثبت الأيام ان الفيلم الوحيد الذي هدف هـــذا ‘التريلر’ الى الاعلان عنه، هو الفيلم الذي رأيناه في الشوارع العربية.

لا يوجد فيلم حقيقي غير هذا الفيلم المثير للأسى والسخرية.

وهذا يعيدنا الى كلام المتنبي الذي وصف حال الأجداد بكلام لا يزال للأسف صالحا لوصف حال الأحفاد:

‘أغايةُ الدينِ ان تَحفو شواربكم

يا أمةً ضحكت من جهلِها الأممُ

القدس العربي

April 12, 2012

Shocking Facts About Who’s Arming Human Rights Abusers [INFOGRAPHIC]

by mkleit

” Just six countries export a whopping 74 percent of the world’s weapons, with the US making up 35 percent of the global total. 

Treaties regulate the global trade of many products – evenbananas and dinosaur bones – but not guns and bullets. We need a strong Arms Trade Treaty that will stop tools of death from getting into the hands of people like Syria’s Assad and Sudan’s Bashir who continue to brutalize their people.

In July, UN member countries will debate the adoption of a global Arms Trade Treaty.  Take action to make sure they make the right decision— to keep weapons out of the wrong hands! ”

http://blog.amnestyusa.org/us/shocking-facts-about-whos-arming-human-rights-abusers-infographic/#comment-274136

Some facts showing who’s arming human rights abusers as on http://blog.amnestyusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ATT-Infographic-US-version.jpg

The insight is amazing, the facts are shocking, and the numbers are sorrowful.
From what I know, operations “Desert Storm” and “Desert Shield” were the most profitable processes for the US government and Russia as well (from what was obvious). Over 200 billion dollars were gained during the US invasion for Iraqi territory from military weapons sales to the Iraqis, Saddam’s militia, as well as, the Afghan war.

Now the biggest conflict is the return of the Cold War, but this time it’s between the US and Iran. The procedure that is being conducted is that Russia supports Iran with arms and gives her a boost in technology, while as the US has been arming most of the countries that it has bases in, such as KSA, Kuwait, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Turkey.

It just came to my mind as well, the Cold War was all about technological and weaponry rivalry between the US and the ex-Soviet Union. Asian countries were all sold Euro-US and Soviet weapons. And after the fall of the Soviet Union, US arms were being sold to trigger conflicts between the Russians and the people of the Sheena zone, as well as Serbia and Sarajevo.
Human Rights is just an abstract idea to satisfy the people’s need for having a free world, nothing much. See the paradox in seeing the Human Rights central offices in the US.

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