2015 January 22 Thursday
American Policy In Yemen Failing

The President of Yemen has resigned Houthi rebels have taken his palace. Civil war seems likely. Partition is a possible outcome. As long time readers may have noticed, I find partition to be an excellent outcome when two groups are incompatible. It is like divorce and just as necessary. Ibrahim Sharqieh, deputy director of the Brookings Doha Center, thinks US drone attacks on al Qaeda in Yemen have helped the Shia faction make gains against the Yemeni government. The US needs the (almost now overthrown) Yemeni government for support to launch drone attacks on al Qaeda.

This situation has led to creating so many odd and weird situations where you would find for example, the U.S. and the Houthis are in the same camp fighting al-Qaeda. And that's exactly what happened almost a month ago in the city of Rada' where the Houthis who raised the slogan of death to America were fighting along with the U.S. drones, one from the air and one from the ground. So this has created and led to a complex situation and for the first time, we are seeing signs and signals about a possible civil war especially if the Houthis continue to escalate and alienate the other political parties in Yemen.

Yemen is between 40% and 45% Shia. There's no way Shiite rule in Yemen will be accepted by the Sunni majority. On the other hand, the Shiites aren't going to accept Sunni rule either. Perhaps they shouldn't live in the same country? The Shia Houthi rebels hate al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the United States.

The official added that if the Houthis ends up in full control of the government they will demand a halt to the drone campaign.

“They hate al Qaeda," said the official, referring to the Houthis. "But they also hate the United States.”

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2015 January 22 07:05 PM 


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