HRA statement : “Faced with the lies and the Saudi propaganda”

“Faced with the lies and the Saudi propaganda”

March, 25, 2015, Saudi Arabia launched a large-scale military operation against Yemen. The Coalition consists primarily of a dozen of Arab countries and is the so-called “Houthi” named after their former leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi who was replaced by Abdelmalek al-Houthi after his execution. At present, the operation “Decisive Storm” led by Saudi Arabia and its allies continues with intense aerial bombing that has killed hundreds of people including many civilians.

 Is it a sectarian war?
Many media try to present the conflict in Yemen with the religious prism. For them, it was a war between Sunnis and Shiites in which they “seek to impose their Houthi Shiite Zaydi religious current in all of Yemen”. However, the reality is much more complex. According to Laurent Bonnefoy, “Outside of these activist circles, for the majority of Yemenis, the Zaydi referent seemed so irrelevant or marginal. I must say that in terms of dogma, the Shiite Zaydism appeared from the start near the Sunni Shafi’i School.” [I]

The religious explanation has also poor resistance to the fact that the armed forces loyal to former president Saleh have made a covenant with Houthi. These fighters were primarily driven by former president Hadi of Yemen, whose policy was challenged when he could not find refuge in one village in his country. He fled to Djibouti and then joined Saudi Arabia to whom his allegiance is total.

The Saudi imperialism
Under the pretext of fighting the Iranian expansion, Saudi Arabia will begrudge anything to bomb by air and sea a country affected by violence for so many years. Moreover, Tehran’s support for Houthi is far from decisive, and the Saudi aggression appears as a huge excuse [II]. Iran has in any case denied military aid to Houthi in Yemen [III]. It is plausible according to many experts, because such intervention would have already caused a direct conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iranian support is truly political and moral rather than military, and Saudi Arabia has failed to provide evidence of its claims. In reality, the Saudi intervention responds primarily to the fear of Riyadh losing control over Yemen [IV].

The Saudi imperialism has always sought to control Yemen. It is no coincidence that the United States agreed to provide logistical support for the strikes, since they are primarily concerned about the transit of three million barrels of oil per day through the Strait of Bab el Mandeb. This transit could escape to the United States and Saudi Arabia if the Houthi came to control all of Yemen. Indeed, the Houthi have always demanded a different economic policy for Yemen whose oil-related revenue could be redistributed more equitably to the entire population. Saudi Arabia is a passive dense imperialist. It came more or less directly and attracted many conflicts around the world. These include the case of Chechnya, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Egypt. Faced with this military intervention, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the parliament in Tehran warned: “Saudi Arabia intensifies the flames of a new war in the region. The smoke of this fire comes into his eyes, because war is never limited to one location.”

Houthi fighting Daech
The Saudis, with the complicity of some media, try to conflate Houthi and Daech: “The Shiite Houthi is equivalent to Daech or Al Qaeda!” There is nothing more deceptive because the Houthi fight them vigorously. Many reports confirm Yemenis’ relief when the Houthi manage to hunt Al Qaeda in some areas [V]. Houthi do not engage in massacres or set macabre scene as is the case for Daech who beheads innocent on camera. These terrorists do not hide that they wish to destroy Shiite population. The Wahhabi kingdom would make its contribution to the building of the project of the Islamic State he would not take it otherwise. Yemeni population suffers attacks of terrorist groups to be pleased with the Saudi intervention attacking their main enemy. The indignation of variable geometry of some politicians in relation to the massacre of 142 people in two masques is incomprehensible. The same was “Charlie” who engaged in a deafening silence in the face of horror [VI].

Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia in power claim to defend the Sunni population in Yemen. However, the fact that the Palestinians are mostly Sunni victims of Israeli power does not seem to move Riyadh. As pointed out ironically by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Saudi Arabia is able to gather a coalition against Yemen and name his “Decisive Storm” operation, but is powerless to cause the slightest breeze in Palestine [IV]. The example of Palestine shows itself all the duplicity of the Wahhabi regime that seeks to hide its links with far-right government of Binyamin Netanyahu.

Faced with the lies and propaganda of Arabia, DHA wishes –via its Secretary General Amir Forotan-respond by inviting Houthi leaders to at least hear their views and their demands. The DH also welcomes Sweden which has decided not to renew its military cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia on behalf of human rights [VIII]. Such as initiative is to be welcomed because most Western countries do not have the courage to follow through. Riyadh has announced retaliatory measures by recalling its ambassador in Stockholm [IX].

Amir Forotan, April 10, 2015
general secretary