Saudi Arabia recently suffered much criticism because of leading role in the fight against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Some people ridiculed the richest Kingdom in Arab countries were against this because of the country’s poorest. Others said that the war against Houthi faction-a religious-political movement of Muslims Shia Zaidi sect-is only part of a larger war against the Shia that Saudi Arabia was said to be in progress. Those accusations too simple, reflect a basic misunderstanding about the role of Saudi Arabia in Yemen and, in fact, in the entire Arab world.
Saudi Arabia is not against Zaidi. In fact, Saudi Arabia has enthusiastically supported the civil war in Yemen Zaidi Royal family in the 1960s. What Saudi Arabia response in Yemen is suspicious of Iran’s efforts to take advantage of the Yemen’s internal conflicts to build a military alliance with Houthi rebels-an alliance with a clear goal: Saudi Arabia.
But when Saudi officials try to alert the international community about Iran’s activities in Yemen, they again encounter the deny. In particular, Western commentators has DIY hard while avoiding any recognition of Iranian involvement in the conflict, even when there was evidence to prove otherwise.
In the last 18 months, the Navy has intercepted four batches of weapons from Iran to Yemen. Iran itself has stated many times that this country control four capital of Arab countries, including the Sana’a (Yemen), and the Houthi rebels have become attached to Hezbollah, a political and military force due to the Iran mandate in the Republic of Lebanon.
In fact, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has declared the ideal of the Houthi side is his ideal, allowing the Houthi media was set up in the suburbs south of Beirut, and openly welcomes the Houthi militants rehearsing with his forces. The political slogans, propaganda, and the way the Houthi side are studied according to Hezbollah.
The Government of Saudi Arabia has participated in Yemen a sober way. Fought with Houthi faction 2009, Saudi Arabia no illusions that this is a fight easily. Saudi Arabia is also not expected to reach an immediate impact with the tactic of “shock and awe” as a former us Ambassador to Yemen declared. Saudi Arabia seen before a messy fight, long, and costly, and that really is what Saudi Arabia has undergone.
The intervention of Saudi Arabia therefore has stressed the serious nature of the threat that this country must face when Houthi faction overthrew the legitimate Government of Yemen and the control of Sana’a. If Iran is allowed to reinforce the Allied relationship with the Houthi side without being hindered, North Yemen was probably becoming a Southern Republic of Lebanon, with a faction of Iranian positive mandate activities aimed at undermining national security of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has two military targets are clearly defined in Yemen. The first is hindering the transport of weapons, making Iran supplies weapons to Yemen becomes difficult and much more expensive-or even more ideal is becoming impossible. The second is to send a clear message to the Houthi faction and its allies that the Alliance with Iran will make them pay dearly.
Saudi Arabia has achieved both objectives. The Yemen airport had to be closed and the port being blockaded. With Iran are very difficult to put weapons in Yemen, the flow of weapons has diminished significantly. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has maintained a campaign of powerful air strikes against the Houthi side. The price of their allied relations with Iran could not be more clear.
But the victory in the war never come without sacrifice. And, unfortunately, the Yemeni civilians have paid a heavy price, with an estimated 10,000 people killed since the outbreak of the conflict. With a campaign of raids are deployed in nearly two years against a traditional army, this figure is not particularly high. The loss is nothing compared to Syria not such, when the campaign of raids by the forces of Russia, Iran, and Syria has led 10,000 people die in just a few weeks.
Furthermore, the allegation that the Saudi Alliance has deliberately targeted civilians or infrastructure has not been neutral parties prove. Anyone who approached the battlefield all through the supervision or control of the Houthi side. And, in fact, ravaged Yemen will not benefit for Saudi Arabia. Finally, Saudi Arabia will have to significantly aid for Yemen once the war ends and the rest of the world to divert attention to other places.
But don’t argue on here to alleviate the tragedy of the civilian casualties. This really is a terrible situation, highlighting the urgency of the Houthi side and end the conflict in Yemen. But it’s ridiculous if the blame for Saudi Arabia, the country entered the war not to power, but in order to nullify a urgent security threat-even live longer.
Many others can simplify the threat that Saudi Arabia is the opposite, but the rulers of Saudi Arabia know better. They see what Iran has done for the Republic of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, and they listen to what Iran and allies told local newspapers (never to Western ears) about hostile intentions against Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom’s leaders. Even Saudi Arabia, ever to let the threat of up to a threshold so high – much higher than the threshold that a major power like the US allow-before military action.
To protect yourself, Saudi Arabia will have to ensure the embargo of Iran’s military support for Houthi faction in Yemen is executed. If the United Nations agrees that such liability burden, the war in Yemen will probably end very quickly, protecting civilians from the greater casualties. But if the world continues to deny Iran’s involvement in Yemen, and the threat that this caused to Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom will have little choice than to have to continue to stay in Yemen. The safety of the main Saudi Arabia depends on that.