March 28, 2015

Origins of The Houthis' Rebellion In Yemen And Their War With The Saudis















Iraqi Sunni Minister 'Tikrit is a Sunni vs Sunni War'

"Some 4,000 Iraqi army troops and some 25,000 Shia militia have surrounded Tikrit in Iraq. There are  few civilians left in the city but some 1,000 Islamic State fighters have barricaded themselves inside and digging them out would be a very bloody and costly affair. Up to recent days the U.S. was not involved in the Tikrit campaign.

The Iranian advisers who accompany the militia had therefore decided not to storm the city but to revert to siege tactics cutting off electricity, water and all other supplies to weaken their opponents. They are using artillery against the Islamic State positions and plan to eventually storm the city but they see no urgent need to do it now.

But somehow that situation was disliked in Washington and the U.S. has muscled itself into a position to command the campaign. But doing so endangers the whole anti-Islamic State campaign. There is suspicion that this is the indented purpose of the scheme." - 'b' Moon of Alabama, "U.S. Role In Iraq Endangers Anti-Islamic State Fight," March 27, 2015.
The Sunni-Shiite civil war narrative doesn't explain the facts on the ground in Syria, Iraq, Libya, or Yemen. The majority of ISIS's victims are Sunni.

The statements by an Iraqi government minister in the video below add further complexity to conflicts in the region and the battle for Tikrit specifically.

Key quote from the video:
"The Sunni tribes that lost families to other Sunni tribes burned down the towns of Albu Ajeel. This was blamed on the Popular Mobilization Forces/Shia. As a local of this province I am telling you, we have asked them (the Sunni Tribes) to refrain from revenge attacks. And we know which exact tribes did it but will not name names so that we will not cause further issues."
Iraqi Sunni Minister 'Tikrit is a Sunni vs Sunni War.' Source: IraqEnglish. Date Published: March 21, 2015.

March 27, 2015

Sisi's Misstep In Yemen

General Sisi did a good thing by removing the unpopular Muslim Brotherhood from power, but he made a huge mistake when he wedded his political fate to the House of Saud. He is now doubling down on stupid by invading Yemen in a coalition of failed states led by Saudi Arabia.

An excerpt from, "Sisi confirms Egypt’s participation in military operation in Yemen" The Cairo Post, March 26, 2015:
"President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi confirmed Thursday the participation of the Egyptian air and navy forces in a Saudi-led military operation on the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, Egyptian Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef announced.

“In response to Yemen’s call and in line with the decision taken by the Gulf Cooperation Council to support the Yemeni people’s legitimacy under the presidency of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and based on the Arab Joint Defense Agreement, it was inevitable to Egypt to bear the responsibility and meet the call of the Yemeni people to bring back their stability and Arab identity,” the statement read."
Bring back stability to Yemen and reclaim its Arab identity? LOL. These idiots are buying their own propaganda. It's sad and funny at the same time.

Instability in Yemen was created because of Saudi policies over a period of many years. The coalition of failed states led by Saudi Arabia that is now attacking Yemen will not be able to return stability even with 150,000 soldiers.

And since when did Yemen lose its Arab identity? These stupid governments in the Sunni Arab world hate Iran so much that they can't even judge reality correctly and separate fact from fiction. Yemen is not under Iran's control now and won't be in the future. It's stupid to accredit too much power and influence to the Ayatollahs. It's also a direct insult to the Houthis and the people of Yemen.

The heart of the conflict in Yemen is local and political. People in one area of the country have turned to arms to change their government which has been unfair and unjust to them. In Syria it is a similar story but the opposition there is made up of over 80 nationalities and led by screwed up people with insane ideas, while in Yemen the opposition is 100 percent local and led by a smarter bunch who are not completely insane.

The conflict in Yemen has nothing to do with religion, sectarian issues, the Sunni-Shiite divide, or a regional proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Those in the media who irresponsibly paint this conflict with that wide brush, either because of ignorance or on purpose, are adding fuel to the fire.

Egypt Backs Saudi Arabia In Bombing Yemen. Source: Dahboo777. Date Published: March 25, 2015.

Saudi Researcher Ali Al-Ahmed: Rule of Saudi Royal Family May Come to an End following Yemen War


"In fact, the founder of Saudi Arabia warned his children not to enter Yemen militarily, because this would start the end of the story for the Saudi monarchy."

Saudi Researcher Ali Al-Ahmed: Rule of Saudi Royal Family May Come to an End following Yemen War. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: March 27, 2015.

Pakistan: Imran Khan opposes Yemen intervention, calls for Saudi-Iran "peace agreement"

Video Title: Pakistan: Imran Khan opposes Yemen intervention, calls for Saudi-Iran "peace agreement." Source: Ruptly TV. Date Published: March 27, 2015. Description:
Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said he strongly opposes Pakistan’s possible military intervention in the ongoing conflict in Yemen after Saudi Arabia intervened on Wednesday, when talking to the media after a business forum in Lahore on Friday.

SOT, Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (in Urdu): "Are we entering into another struggle or a war and becoming part of it? I strongly oppose this, I'm saying this on behalf of the whole of Pakistan. Pakistan is fed up with this and people need peace. If we interfere in this (conflict), at the end the fall out will be in Pakistan. There will be more terrorism and more sectarianism. We strongly oppose this. If Pakistan wants to play a role then we, Saudi Arabia, which is our friend, and Iran which is our neighbour, we should try to help them for a peace agreement."

M/S People chanting (Urdu): "Go Nawaz Go"
M/S People chanting (Urdu): "Who will save Pakistan, Imran Khan, Imran Khan"
Even if there is a new understanding between Saudi Arabia and Iran over regional issues, and the princes and ayatollahs all play nice with each other, there will still be a conflict in Yemen. No peace agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran will change that. Foreigners cannot shape the outcome of the political struggles in Yemeni society with military force. This is not a Sunni and Shiite conflict, or a power game between Saudi Arabia and Iran. At the end of the day, the Yemenis have to find the solutions to their political and territorial problems by themselves.

Imran Khan's remarks are idealistic, but it is good to be optimistic that Pakistan can play a positive role in this crisis. It's nice to dream. But the chances of it happening are below zero. Pakistan can't even create peace within its own borders, and it wants to play peacemaker in Yemen? LOL. Good luck.

ISIS Cannibalism Is Defended With Religious Edicts By The Highest Sunni Authorities In Egypt And Saudi Arabia

Photo: ISIS member eating the heart of a Syrian soldier in 2013. At the time he committed this inhuman act of cannibalism he was falsely and outrageously called a "Free Syrian Army" rebel by the Western and global mainstream press.

If you think the Jihadist terrorist in the picture above is just a fringe extremist acting on his own volition and that cannibalism is a rare occurrence among ISIS members, think again. The highest Sunni authorities in Islam have defended cannibalism with religious edicts and teach it in their schools. Read the article below for more information on the subject.

Also, keep in mind that the failed states attacking Yemen right now, from Saudi Arabia and Qatar to Pakistan and Egypt, have not acted against ISIS in the region in any forceful way. They openly support them. Pakistan has armed the Taliban and similar terrorist groups for decades, falsely believing it can manage the blowback. Its military leadership continues to act deaf, dumb, and blind when pressed to defend their support for these barbaric groups. And Saudi Arabia has supported ISIS in Syria despite the latter's intention to eventually swallow them up.

It is only fitting that regimes that support cannibalistic Jihadi groups end up getting eaten by them from the inside. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia think they're big powers by crushing a Shiite rebellion in Yemen, but it's not the Shiites they should be afraid of. They will be done in by the radical and cannibalistic Sunni groups that they have nurtured within their societies. 

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An excerpt from, "ISIS Captures Lebanese Soldier And “Sacrifice” Him To Allah" by Theodore Shoebat, Shoebat.com, September 6, 2014:
The promotion of ritual human sacrifice and cannibalism has been a topic of discussion on two Egyptian TV programs recently.

On Al-Tahrir Egyptian TV advisor Ahmad Abdo Maher, discuses the high-school curriculum issued by the highest religious authority in Egypt, Al-Azhar University, which encouraged students to cannibalize apostates and Muslims who abandon praying. The schoolbook stipulated that the act can be carried out so long the human flesh is eaten uncooked in respect to the dead body and that the act “does not necessitate a governor’s consent or is it punishable by law.”

The other popular television program, Al-Nas with Safwat Hegazy, a famous Egyptian cleric who launched Mohammed Mursi’s campaign in 2012, sanctioned Aztec-style, ritualistic human sacrifice of a Shia cleric named Yasar Habib. Hegazy justified his threat against Habib, who resides in Great Britain, by giving a case-in-point from Islamic history.

However, Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Al-Rajihi, a respected scholar in Saudi Arabia, expressed support for human sacrifice in at least one speech. Al-Rajihi’s is not someone to be ignored; he is a scholar who educated the previous chief Mufti of Saudi Arabia, the renowned Muhammad Ibrahim Al Sheikh.

Today, Al-Azhar is a part of the Egyptian government and has the power to enact edicts as mandated by the new constitution.

While cannibalism is prohibited in Islam, exceptions do exist for apostates, adulterers and enemy combatants. The difficulty for some moderate scholars is that such an edict comes from the highest authority of Islamic jurisprudence.

Such edicts are even being disseminated by many Muslim clerics in Egypt. Prominent Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Yaqub recently made a speech encouraging the cannibalization of Jewish flesh.

March 26, 2015

An Analysis of The Saudi Attack Against Yemen

An excerpt from, "Yemen People in Sanaa and the North are angry..." Martin J, Col. Patrick Lang, Sic Semper Tyrannis, March 26, 2015:
"Yemen People in Sanaa and the North are angry. People in Aden and the South are ecstatic. Yesterday the Houthis and Ali Abdallah Saleh military stood at the gates of Aden despite resistance. Now they have fled Aden. This is just Day 1. I don't think the Saudis are going to leave it at 3 hours of airstrikes. There has been real damage done to Saleh's military. This makes him vulnerable to his current partners, the Houthis, who have been working with Saleh despite his 5 wars against them since 2004. If they smell blood they may well choose to deal with Saleh first before turning their attention back to the South. The worry is that the Saudis will roll in tanks from Sharurah, and take the town of 'Ataq with its airstrip in Shabwa. They will move then to Marib and secure the strategic refinery/generator of Safer that provides electricity to the whole country. The Saudis see these areas as their borders. They have excellent relations with the tribes there. I do not believe they will countenance fighting the Houthis in their mountains - they would be massacred. At this point I think we are seeing the emergence of an independent South. The cat is out of the bag. . . . " Martin J

An excellent summary by Martin J, who has in-depth knowledge of Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

I agree with his conclusion that what we are seeing now is a break up of the unnatural union of the former YAR and PDRY states. IMO this was always a kind of "shotgun marriage" brought on by Yemeni delusions concerning some glorious and largely mythic past in which all the peoples of SW Arabia were somehow one. This was never the case and the belief that it was so at some time in the past is yet another reminder of the often malign power of the nationalist self image in human affairs.

Martin J is inclined to believe that SA, if it tries to intervene on the ground, will enter Yemen from the Rub al-Khali desert and then turn left into south Yemen, a part of the country largely inhabited by Sunni co-religionists of the Saudis. Martin J asserts that SA forces will not enter Yemen from the north, i.e., from the Wadi Najran. He states that to do so would risk a very bad outcome for Saudi Forces. Zeidi tribal guerrillas would likely "massacre" the Saudis in those distant mountains. I agree with all of that. It must be remembered that, in spite of decades of US, French and British training the Saudi forces are very much a force of unknown but dubious quality. IMO the Saudis would not be able to sustain a ground effort in Yemen without massive US logistical support.

Martin J asserts that sectarianism has not previously been an issue in the Yemens. This does not correspond to my knowledge of or experience in North Yemen where I served for several years. In fact, the Houthi rebels are nearly all Zeidi Shia Muslims as is former president Salih who is certainly manipulating this situation to his own advantage. As Martin J states, Salih, when president, waged war against the Houthis with a relentlessness that characterizes any Yemeni central government that wishes to have control over this very tribal country. The fact that the Houthis are now backing Salih along with the largely Zeidi armed forces is indicative of the essentially ethno-sectarian nature of Yemeni society in both the north and the south.

I do not think the Houthi Zeidis are tools of the Iranian government but the "one man one vote" crowd in Washington insists that the Zeidi Houthis are illegitimately seeking on behalf of Iran to overthrow a government that corresponds to the "narrative" favored by the Children's Crusade in Washington. In fact the Houthis are re-asserting their identity as a separate tribal polity in Yemen.

IMO the Houthis are the natural allies of the United States in the world wide war against Sunni jihadism. The United States seems blind to that, blinded by its own delusions concerning the "evolution" of history and the dust thrown in US eyes by the Saudis who fear all things Yemeni.

Continued . . .
Video Title: Senior Houthi Official Al-Bakhiti: Saudi Military Intervention in Yemen Will End Rule of Saud Family. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: March 26, 2015. Description:
Senior Houthi Official Al-Bakhiti: Saudi Military Intervention in Yemen Will End Rule of Saud Family