A seemingly sectarian game in Yemen!

Once more, the flurry of naivety inside of us has blown up. Interruptions, ethnic or global concerns: Islamic and humane measures, justice. As long as truth is being replaced, our consciences, our sense of justice and our Islamic views will continue to be a victim of strategic calculations.

As long the media perception is enslaving and ignoring with fury and valor of the principal realities while current and political benefits are being put to the forefront, we are being pushed to a scuffle that has no winner. People are being caught by their most sensitive and frail emotions and the truth is being sacrificed. After this point, the spilling of blood is getting easier.

Today, even by taking a little look at history, contrary to sharp, bold words that the enemy and writers have used in headlines, shows a grave dilemma; and that in name of heroism and divinity the truth is being darkened.

Even in the Ottoman era, Yemen was the geography of violent rebellion: It is a region where the Western imperialists stepped in at an early stage and where strategic calculations are being done. Aside from the strategic location, the region’s fabric of sectional tribes and the sectarian differences made it very convenient for these provocations… And even the factors today show the character of this conflict.

Imam Yahya remained loyal to the very end of the Ottomans when the Yemen rebellions finished with an agreement in 1911. During the Turkish War of Independence (1921), Imam Yahya, by sending a letter to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM), asserted his allegiance.

The development today that is fueling the rebellions is the end of the imamate governing with a coup in 1962. While the Zaidiyya imams, that were seeking refuge in Saudi Arabia, were supported to come into power, they also supported Egypt’s radical republicans and the sides even got into a heated battle. Egypt’s direct intervention of the military power, with the goal of giving support to the Ba’ath regime, continued all the way until the 1967 Israel thrashing. Today, while playing the Sunni card against the spread of Shiites, it seems like irony, because Saudi supported the Zaidi imams of that period.

Even though there was a break in the civil war, with the reason that the Shia tribes wanted to remove the central army’s effectiveness, President Lieutenant-Colonel Ibrahim al-Hamdi fell victim to an assassination.

Between 1980 and 1990, the unification of North and South Yemen through peaceful roads was realized.

During the start of the 1990s, when the two Yemens were in the unification process, the speed at which the Shia and Salafi groups had organized and the education-propaganda works picked up had increased greatly: the little number of Shia leaders that entered the parliament made the biggest impact during the organized movement period. By the way, with efforts to intervene in the region in the name of the Sunnis, Saudi Arabia is making all kinds of efforts to spread their own sect understanding, despite the Sunni peoples’ beliefs.

Especially, while trying to prevent the Muslim Brotherhood from any type of organizing and the group’s activities for finding a base, today they opened the way for the group and understanding that will make up the foundation of Al-Qaeda…

It is beneficial to recall that while at the same time Yemen Zaidism traditionally does not have much of a difference with Sunnism, the Zaidiyya systematically worked for Caferization through Houthis with special work from Iran, and they reached an apparent base.

We can turn back and take a look at 2003 for the initial developments that were leading up to the rebellion today. The incidents in Yemen that are beginning with protests opposing the Saudi and the U.S.- guided rule, especially between the Shia groups, will turn into conflict over time.

It is beneficial to underline that during the 2007/2008 ceasefire, the power struggle between Qatar and Saudi Arabia had an important role.

During the conflicts that became violent again in 2009 between the Houthis and the Yemen President Abdullah Salih’s administration, Salih gathered thousands of Shia youth from tribes and drove them onto the battlefield against the Houthis.

The latest developments were sparked by the Arab Spring that began in Tunisia; the other regions went through a more moderate transitional period; the Houthis against the government. By interfering with Al-Qaeda’s own calculations; Pressuring the Brotherhood, who has a certain base the Saudi public… the central administration that fell during that last stage and an unstable environment where no group is left to resist Saudi’s effect leaves the Houthis with no barricades in front of them… The result is affected by Iran’s support, alongside the heavy weapons of the crumbling army and the transition of the Houthis…

In spite of Saudi’s politics for Iraq and Syria, they opened up an opposing front from the Shia groups in Iran and Iraq, and from the Shiites in Yemen or just the opposite. There is a cause and effect relation…

Why do we remember all of this? The short history of Yemen shows how the sides line up and with which realities: let us see how the governments with their game are going to murder the public’s future.

In order to strongly remind people once again of that there are things more valuable and sensible for the Muslims and the future of the Muslims than Turkey’s strategic benefits, Iran’s geo-political calculations, Saudi’s global engagements, we need to emphasize that what is important is our humanity…

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Editr emreakif on March 28, 2015

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