Sa’ada Fighting aftermath (2 of 2) [Archives:2008/1185/Opinion]

August 28 2008

Muneer Al-Mawri
To complete last week's article regarding military replacements within the armed forces and justifying them to army's failure to score victory in the Sa'ada War, we ensure once again that this justification may be taken seriously by some foreign journalists and ambassadors of some foreign states.

This justification is impossible to be taken seriously by any Yemeni citizens, nor will it appeal even to the minds of Houthi gunmen, who coexisted with members and senior officers of the army during the fighting and visualized how brave these members and officers are despite the fact that many of them were killed by friendly fire from behind or by mistaken air strikes. The army personnel suffered numerous mistakes that killed many of them.

Those responsible for such mistakes must face trials, particularly if the ruling authority is concerned about bloodshed of Yemenis. Similarly, as it is not permissible to hold courageous fighters accountable for failure in the Sa'ada War, it is illogical and immoral to hold dismissed commanders, who were not involved in the war, responsible for the failure because the political authority is the only party responsible for this failure, but not Gen. Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar and his supporters.

I also wrote an article more than one year ago entitled “Ali Mohsen at risk”. Through the article, I predicted what actually happened later on as many military decisions were issued to target several commanders in the army. This is a deduction, which an observer of the authority's behavior over the last three decades or a neutral political analyst can reach without any hard effort.

When that article was published in more than a news website, most of the comments on it came in favor of the conspiracy theory that Al-Mawri is attempting to create sedition between President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Ali Mohsen as a kind of favorite for his masters. This is a tune, which the authority directs to whoever talks about its uncovered faults.

In lieu of thinking good that Al-Mawri, being a political analyst, is not concerned about the interest of Ali Mohsen, nor is he concerned about the interest of President Saleh, who deserves to know about what really happens on the ground, the Yemeni people, particularly those concerned about the war, must realize facts they take place on the ground with a high level of objectivity.

The writer is only concerned about the nation, of which he is part. And this homeland is not the exclusive possession of anyone in order to bequeath it to his children. All these expectations had been inserted in the matrix of conspiracy. The latest expectation, published by in this column was also ignored, however, it disclosed that ceasing the Sa'ada War will leave behind a wide movement in the armed forces under the slogan “Making the Army Younger”.

When expectations come true:

In my expectation, I didn't rely on intelligence, espionage or fortunetelling sources as Saif Al-Hadhri believes. Instead, by listening to President Saleh's speech during which he showed interest in the youth, and encouraged them to join the armed forces, I could predict what will happen later on.

And, being one of those who tolerate President Saleh's action and criticize him, I understand that Saleh mean by the word “Youth” his son Ahmad and the likes. By the word “Fathers”, who, according to him, must retire and take rest from work, he means Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar and his supporters not himself.

If the decision of military appointments and replacements within the armed forces included all those charged with plundering citizens' land in South Yemen as indicated in a report prepared by Dr. Saleh Bassurra, Head of a committee concerned with studying the phenomenon of land grab in South Yemen, I would be the first journalist to back the decision. Such a decision is merely meant to prepare the country for planned bequeathal of power to the sons.

This is what I confirmed in a previous article. I also invited all the brave forces in Yemeni society to take quick actions in order to stop such practices before the rule of Imamate actually returns but under the cover of democracy and Republic.