The battle for the Middle East's future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss
by Robert Fisk
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Saudi Arabia has jumped into the abyss.
Its air attacks on Yemen are a historic and potentially fatal blow to the Kingdom and to the Middle East.
Who decided that this extraordinary battle should take shape in the poorest of Arab nations? The Saudis, whose King is widely rumoured in the Arab world to be incapable of taking decisions of state? Or the princes within the Saudi army who fear that their own security forces may not be loyal to the monarchy?
The “story” of Yemen appears simple.
Houthi rebels, who are Shia Muslims, have captured the capital of Sanaa
with the help – so say the Saudis – of the Iranians. The legitimate
President – Abed Rabou Mansour Hadi – has fled to the Saudi capital of
Riyadh from his bolthole in the old southern Yemeni capital of Aden. The
Saudis will not permit an Iranian proxy state to be set up on their
border – always forgetting that they already have an Iranian-proxy state
called Iraq on their northern border, courtesy of the 2003
Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. The real “story” is more important.
Perhaps half of the Saudi army is of Yemeni tribal origin. Saudi
soldiers are intimately – through their own families – involved in
Yemen, and the Yemen revolution is a stab in the guts of the Saudi royal
family. No wonder King Salman of Saudi Arabia – if he indeed rules his
nation – wishes to bring this crisis to an end. But are his bombing
raids on Sanaa going to crush a Shia Muslim rebellion?
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