Over the last year of observation, I am convinced that a Sunni-Zaidi war is what some (outsiders) are hoping to happen in Yemen, not now, but in the long run.
Some gain automatically when Arab states busy themselves in anything except developing a nation. The more conflicts, the more years are lost without Arabs building. Arabs, with the help of the west, will in the same time busy themselves killing one another, like what is happening in Iraq.
The Houthis blamed the U.S. ambassador in Yemen for standing behind the killing of 25 Houthis by a suicide bomber, while the ambassador denied the accusations. What the Houthis meant was that the newly established Al-Qaeda branch in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is a tool in the hands of western intelligence, and its duty is to cause more conflicts and deaths within Arab nations. In the same time, to make people picture AQAP as a threat to the west, by bringing up many failed attempts against western interests in the media. One example could be the failed attack on a British convoy that did not cause even scratches, but was used to market AQAP as an enemy of the west. The parcel bombs are another example. Not one person has been blamed for the parcel bombs, while it is impossible to send a package from Yemen through UPS or Fed Ex without photo copying the personal ID of the exact sender. So, who benefits from the parcel bombs, AQAP or western intelligence, or are they the same one way or the other?
Houthis have by time proved to us that they are accurate in their wording, but were they accurate when they blamed the U.S. ambassador for the attacks?
Should we believe U.S. ambassador or the Houthi? After the Wikileaks reports, I would think twice before answering that question.
ABOUT Yemen Post Publisher & Chief Editor:
Hakim Almasmari is an American journalist and Middle East expert based in Sana'a, Yemen. His work has appeared for many of the worlds top media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Washington Post, AlJazeera, Fox News, The Guardian, The National, USA Today among numerous others. He has also worked with some of the world’s top organizations. Reporting out of Yemen for nearly eight years, he is the current editor in chief for the Yemen Post. He is a university lecturer in the field of international media and also studied business and law. Considered one of the top experts on Yemen, Almasmari has closely worked with international strategic centers and think tanks helping them better understand Yemen. He is a frequent guest on many international TV outlets discussing current local and international affairs. Almasmari's ancestors are from Yemen, and was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His mother tongue is English and is fluent in Arabic.