President Saleh was lucky enough to have Mubarak and Bin Ali kicked out of rule before him and is now learning lessons on how to leave power.
Imprisonment, questioning, accusations, interrogation, disgrace, and a heart attack is what Mubarak has been through, and Saleh wants guarantees he will not face the same fate.
The Egyptian revolution was able to rid Mubarak from rule in 18 days, while President Saleh has been able to stay firm even after 93 days of protests demanding that he is ousted.
Saleh wants guarantees that he and his family members will be safe and leave with honor. He does not want to be questioned and stand trial after 33 years of might and power. He is demanding guarantees or else is willing to enter the country a civil war like Libya.
Revolution youth have vowed not only to oust Saleh from rule, but also to degrade him and have him stand trial for the 136 killed since the start of the revolution.
With both sides sticking firm to their demands, intenational intervention is the only option for a safe exit for President Saleh.
No one can deny that Saleh is still powerful and is still able up gather hundreds of thousands if protesters in his support.
Opposition mistakes has also helped Saleh stay in power over the last month. We can honestly say that the opposition, with it's unwise stances, has hurt the Yemeni revolution more than the president himself.
Yemenis, owning over 70 million arms pieces, have been able to show the world that they are peaceful and not blood thirsty. Revolution youth are willing to protest peacefully even if it takes years for Saleh to step down.
Will Saleh get guarantees to leave power with dignity? Will the revolution youth accept international efforts to oust Saleh and guarantee him complete immunity?
These two questions will decide if the Yemeni revolution will succeed.
Protesters at change square decision will be vital and no international stance can overpower their will and the final decision will be theirs.
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.