Yemen witnessed a catastrophic 2010 with growing Al-Qaeda presence, Houthi rebellion, southern separatists, political crises, and an economic downfall among other matters.
With all the above, one would think that Saleh’s agenda in the near future is to build a nation with a mission, especially as his days in rule are dwindling.
One of Saleh’s main missions in 2011 is to grant his son Ahmed more power, therefore, to ensure that he succeeds him soon. In other words, his mission is personal and not within a national agenda. The Saleh mission only benefits those who are within the circle.
This will only increase chaos in a country where credentials have no importance with the regime, and those who are from big families always get priority over those from smaller families.
Never will a nation be built when those who rule are not those who are fit to rule. This is how previous nations were destroyed and forced to start from zero.
Familes that differniates between the weak and strong when it comes to the law can never last in a conservative and tribal nation like Yemen.
Saleh should be trying to build a nation that can be compared to developed countries, instead of a nation being compared today with Afghanistan and Somalia.
A number of officials claim that we analyze Yemen while wearing black glasses. We tell them to please show us the good planning for the future so that we can be optimistic. Building roads and schools are basic essentials of any nation, and not a sign of prosperity.
Yemen is in dire need of a national project and is tired of working for a family that treats itself above other families. No family is above the law.
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.