Politics is failing again in Yemen. Three weeks have passed since President Abdurabu Hadi ordered the removal of Mohammed Saleh from commander of the air force; while he refuses to step down. Saleh, who is the brother of ousted President Ali Saleh, is still in control of the air force headquarters and dares anyone to enter the base without his permission.
Hadi’s orders were ignored and people are wondering whether he was the right person for the mission at a time when Yemen is facing the worst crisis in its long history and worries of a civil war looms.
Dialogue with the ousted commander has been useless and he is demanding that his terms are met before departing the air force.
UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar is currently trying to ease the growing tension.
Sadly to say, many feel that the UN is only giving words and will not resort to actions and sanctions.
Yemenis love Benomar and admire the efforts he has given to save the country by limiting its wounds from deepening, but are hoping he can take the decisive steps needed to ensure that positive change is seen in Yemen. He has been hinting UN anger and giving light warnings of sanctions, but more is needed.
Yemen is a falling ship with few ready to help rescue it, and only actions can help.
The delay in the implementation of a political agreement is only helping hardline Islamists gain more ground and support in Yemen.
Houthis are growing faster in power and geography faster than ever in northern Yemen while al-Qaeda is controlling provinces in the south and seeking more territory in the north.
Liberal political parties are losing ground in the regions most conservative country while Islamists are given breathing room and time to grow and organize.
Islamic parties see a safe haven and fertile land to grow and conquer in Yemen.
The future looks very complicating for Yemen and political practices have been useless. When politics fails to save the country, people will once again resort to religion.
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 is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and speaks English and Arabic.