Yemen: Arab Spring turns into Islamic Revolution

Yesterday, tens of thousands Yemenis rallied across the country to mark the 4th anniversary of the people’s revolution which toppled pro-American and anti-Iran military dictatorship of Gen. Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Yemen is currently the scene of massive political changes with fighters from Shia Ansarullah movement now in the control of Sana’a and some other major towns and cities across the country.

In a televised speech on Tuesday, leader of Yemen’s Shia Ansarullah movement and interim president of Yemen, Abdel-Malik al-Houthi, warned against foreign plots to hinder the reform process in the country.

The disturbed powers who are causing the instability, if they ever decide to play the economic card, it’s going to be affected and sure it will be affected and their interests are going to be affected, because the Yemeni people will never stand still while watching them causing them harm and they know exactly what to do,” al-Houthi said.

Four years ago, Washington called Yemen and Tunisia being role models for Muslim Arab states. Now, both the US and Britain have withdrawn their diplomatic staff from Sana’a and closed the embassy buildings, because the US has realized that its illegitimate baby Arab Spring has been defeated by Shia population (48%) of the country. Houthi are known for their hatred of Al-Qaeda and ISIS, both created by the US to protect the interests of the Zionist entity in the Middle East.

The Zionists are in panic as they see a Shia-dominated government in Sana’a anti-Israel. Some of Jewish bloggers have called the Houthi power as a victory for Iran. They also mourn the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia as a deadly blow to the agenda of containing Iranian influence in the region.

On February 8, 2015, Israeli military linked DEBKAfile website claimed that the US has betrayed its regional allies, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel by cooperating with Iran in Yemen. “Saudi Arabia, the Gulf emirates, Jordan and Israel are watching the US-Iranian partnership in Yemen with deep foreboding. They fear the Obama administration is using the war on Islamists as a façade for promoting Tehran’s regional ambitions,” it said.

It seems, some dreams of Tawakkol Karman, one of the leaders of people’s revolution has began to come true.

We are in the first stage of change in our country, and the feeling among the revolutionaries is that the people of Yemen will find solutions for our problems once the regime has gone, because the regime itself is the cause of most of them. A new Yemen awaits us, with a better future for all. We are not blind to reality, but the fact is that the revolution has created social tranquillity across the country as the people put their differences to one side and tackle the main issue together – no mean feat, given that there are an estimated 70m weapons in Yemen (21 million Yemenis on an average own three guns per person),” said Karman in 2011.


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