Again, senseless fighting in Sa’ada! Why? [Archives:2007/1022/Opinion]

February 5 2007

Hussein Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi died more than two years ago after having done all he could to assert to the Government and to the world that he and his allies were not leading any insurrections against the Government. He also said that he was not pursuing the return of the Imamate or any supreme leadership of authority. As he said then, that would entail having to comply with “fourteen conditions, whereas if I had wanted leadership, I would have vied for the Presidency which only requires the ability to read and write, which incidentally I am not pursuing either”.1 Since then there have been two outbreaks of fighting there, since Hussein's assassination. In each one, it was supposedly stated that the father of Hussein, Bad Al-Din Al-Houthi is now pursuing an Imamate of the type now found in Iran (i.e., in keeping with the 12-Imams Sect (one of the leading Shia sects, which sometimes they say is the Ja'afari Sect – they are not sure themselves). Nothing is further than the truth, when in fact the aged Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi, since the latter is a well-known Zeidi scholar and consistent teacher of, could not now or ever be said to have been or is now pursuing. Simply put, the Zeidi Sect is quite different in orientation, spiritually, politically and socially from the Ja'afari or 12-Imams Sect. In fact, if any levels of “moderation” can be assigned to the different religious sects of Islam, for sure, the Zeidi Sect would be the most moderate, pragmatic and practical of all the sects of Islam, and its founder Zeid Bin Ali Bin Al-Hussein Bin Ali Bin Abi Talib, is the theological father of all Moslem juristic scholars, including Abu Hanifah, Ja'afar Al-Sadiq, Mohammed Idris Al-Shafe'i. Imam Zeid is probably the only recognized scholar by most of the Imams, who founded most of the Islamic Sects (whether Sunni or Zeidi).

Notwithstanding the dubious orchestrated threats against the Jewish Community of Sa'ada2, the observer is inclined to believe that the recent outbreak of fighting in the pitiful province of Sa'ada is part of a continuous systematic effort to eliminate the only effective barrier to full domination of the Salafi and Wahhabi creeds of the religious affairs of Yemen, including the eventual political domination. It is no secret that the latter would entail the imposition of a backward and archaic regime. The likes of such regimes have been witnessed in the one set up by the Taliban in Afghanistan and in the one that the Islamic Courts sought to impose in Somalia. Of course, it is no secret that the Faithful Youth followers of Hussein Badr Al-Houthi, and his far less militant father, Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi have their views on Palestine and the miscalculated American adventures in the region. However, these are not very much different from what is declared by the majority of the people of the Moslem and Arab worlds, and most of the official positions of the vassal governments that rule in the countries of the region. As far as the Jewish community of Sa'ada, the observer has witnessed, first hand and on more than one occasion, that this community has never been harassed by the people in and around the areas they live in for well over fourteen centuries, since Islam became the prevailing religion in Yemen, and the more than one thousand years that the Zeidi Sect has existed in Yemen, nor is it in keeping with the teachings of either Hussein or Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi. This orchestrated effort to accuse the Houthis of harassing or threatening the Jewish community of Sa'ada is very much worthy of suspicion and raises many questions as to the credible intentions of this belated campaign of ongoing suffering of the people of Sa'ada. It would not be surprising that those who previously railroaded the Government to try to crush the Zeidi Sect from Sa'ada and went to the horrendous limits of dragging the burned bodies of “suspected Houthis” around the streets of the City of Sa'ada, most of whom were killed in cold blood for no apparent reason, or even proof that they were a part of the Houthi “insurrection”, are of the very same forces that are bringing havoc to the Islamic World on an international scale, from the Philippines, to Afghanistan, to Iraq and to even New York. The clandestine connection that links them is there. One would just have to read between the lines to decipher the truth and find the missing link.

1. He said this in an interview with the Abu Dhabi TV channel a month or so before his death.

2. The origins of the threat is alluded to be from the Houthis, but some informed observers believe that this is concocted to placate the New World Order patriarchs in Washington and Tel Aviv.

Hassan Al-Haifi has been a Yemeni political economist and journalist for more than 20 years.