by Syarif Hidayat*
The God Almighty Allah warning
More than 1430 years ago, the God Almighty Allah warned in Al-Qur’an, Surah Al-Maeda, verses 50 – 51 about what is nowadays happening in the Muslim World especially in the Middle East countries today.
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
أَفَحُكۡمَ ٱلۡجَـٰهِلِيَّةِ يَبۡغُونَۚ وَمَنۡ أَحۡسَنُ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ حُكۡمً۬ا لِّقَوۡمٍ۬ يُوقِنُونَ
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لَا تَتَّخِذُواْ ٱلۡيَہُودَ وَٱلنَّصَـٰرَىٰٓ أَوۡلِيَآءَۘ بَعۡضُہُمۡ أَوۡلِيَآءُ بَعۡضٍ۬ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمۡ فَإِنَّهُ ۥ مِنۡہُمۡۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَهۡدِى ٱلۡقَوۡمَ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. “Do they then seek the judgement of (the days of) Jahiliyyah (Ignorance) ? And who is better in judgement than Allâh for a people who have firm Faith. O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliyâ’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but Auliyâ’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Auliyâ’), then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allâh guides not those people who are the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers and unjust).”
The modern-day Jahiliyyah (ignorance/stupidity)
Facts speak for themselves correctly and objectively that some of the Arab leaders (kings, presidents and prime ministers) including Egyptian military (coup) leaders, Libyan rebel leaders, Syrian and Iraqi (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al Qaeda) rebels leaders could be easily fooled and dragged and finally deceived by the Imperialist and Zionist ploys into supporting their interests to sow discord among Muslim countries including demonizing a certain country like Iran as a threat to the Arab world and intervening in the other Arab countries as well as make them fight each other at the expense of their own fellow countrymen … and in the end, the true winners are the Zionist and Imperialist corporate world!
Riyadh fighting Washington’s war in Yemen
Saudi Arabia is fighting the United States’ war in Yemen since the Obama White House has decided to “lead from the behind,” an American journalist says. US Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said that Washington increased weapons supplies, including ammunition and bombs, to assist the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting against the Ansarullah Houthi revolutionaries who are seeking to oust terrorist groups from the country.
Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report, told Press TV that Saudi Arabia is “playing the US role as head of the coalition of the willing, that’s the role that the United States has played for the last couple of decades in that part of the world.” “Now President Obama is taking a lower profile; he likes to use the term ‘leading from behind,’” he said. “But these kinds of large operations involving lots of states most of which have no carrying capacity, that is they can’t carry big loads of troops or ammunition.”
“And they don’t have big reserves of missiles and such. They have to be resupplied. All of that requires imperial military power of the united states,” he noted. Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen started on March 26, without a UN mandate, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. More than 540 people have been killed and thousands have been injured in Yemen since the military conflict began in the Arab country, according to the World Health Organization.
Ansarullah Houthi revolutionaries say Hadi, who is now in Riyadh, lost his legitimacy as president of Yemen after he fled the capital to Aden in February. Popular committees backed by Ansarullah fighters are continuing their advances despite the Saudi attacks while stepping up their fight against al-Qaeda terrorists and securing many areas from the militants. Commenting to Press TV, Ford said, “It’s also very significant that the Saudis are so publically demanding – it sounds a demand more than a request – that Pakistan join this coalition and send troops, because that would make the troika complete.”
“It was the United States, and Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan that back in the late 1970s and early the 1980s actually created… the international [terrorist] network. That network did not exist,” he stated. “There had been always [terrorists], but not organized, and funded and armed on an international scale. That happened with the troika – Pakistan, the Saudis and the United States. ” “And now they are bringing [the troika] to bear in Yemen, where the net effect of their military aggression will be to vastly increase the influence of al-Qaeda,” he concluded.
Saudi Arabia has launched a proxy war in Yemen on behalf of the United States to install a Western puppet regime in the country, says a former American intelligence linguist in Florida. In September 2014, the Houthi Ansarullah movement gained control of Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, following a four-day battle with army forces loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the half-brother of the country’s former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
On March 26, Saudi Arabia unleashed deadly air raids against Yemen in an attempt to restore power to fugitive Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. “Washington is once again trying to manipulate the government of Yemen using a proxy war now from Saudi Arabia, their direct partner and the largest recipient of military weaponry in the region,” Scott Rickard told Press TV.
Rickard was referring to remarks by former US congressman Ron Paul who said Thursday that the Saudi-led airstrikes with the help of the Obama administration will result in higher oil prices. “It looks as though this war is going to escalate now that the Houthis have been successful in overthrowing the West puppet government in Sana’a,” Rickard said.
“Certainly, the price of oil will continue to rise, the oil prices, traditionally they rise during war time, in order to cover expenses for the war as well as to increase the amount of competition in the region for the actual resources,” he explained, noting “everyone will profit from this war with the increase in oil prices”. He also said these types of proxy wars by the West have happened elsewhere in the region. “You have the same issues obviously in Iraq, in Syria and in Libya that have just destroyed those countries as well.”
Washington said it is supporting the Saudi military action against Yemen and it is providing logistical and intelligence support to Saudi airstrikes. Saudi-led warplanes continue carrying out airstrikes against Yemen as the war on the impoverished country enters its fourth day. Dozens of people, including women and children, have been killed since early Thursday, when Saudi Arabia began the invasion of Yemen.
The United States has increased its military assistance to Saudi Arabia, extending its participation in the ongoing Saudi-led aggression against Yemen. US Army Colonel Steve Warren said that Washington increased weapons supplies, including ammunition and bombs, to assist the Saudi-led countries that are fighting against the Ansarullah Houthi revolutionaries who are seeking to oust terrorist groups from the country.
“It’s a combination of pre-existing orders to our partners and some new requirements,” Warren said, describing the arms shipments. In addition to the arms shipments, a number of US forces assigned in a mission in Saudi Arabia to oversee the air campaign against the revolutionaries in Yemen, according to Warren.
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken also declared earlier that the Pentagon increased its intelligence exchanges with Riyadh. Citing military sources, Russian media reported that the US Navy joined the airstrikes against Yemen on Monday and American warships participated in the airstrikes on Yemen’s capital, Sana’a. Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, without a UN mandate, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
The revolutionaries say Hadi, who is now in Riyadh, lost his legitimacy as president of Yemen after he fled the capital to Aden in February. More than 540 people have been killed and thousands have been injured in the beleaguered country since the military conflict began, according to the World Health Organization.
Senator McCain applauds Saudi-led offensive in Yemen
US Republican Senator John McCain has applauded the offensive launched by Saudi Arabia and its allies against Yemen, speculating that the “conflict will probably escalate” into a regional war in the Middle East. McCain said Saudi Arabia and its allies “did the right thing” by launching the offensive against the country.
The Armed Services chairman added the invasion saved oil exports from the Middle East because if Yemen were to fall, it could choke off oil exports from the region. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter. It has the world’s largest proven oil reserves and production capacity. Oil tankers carry almost four million barrels daily through the Bab el-Mandeb strait, which connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. The strait is 18 miles wide at its narrowest point.
The offensive has raised concerns about the vulnerability of the Bab el-Mandeb strait between Yemen and Djibouti, which has been identified by the US Department of Energy as a potential “chokepoint” in the global oil market. The tankers carry crude on a daily basis through the Red Sea and Suez Canal to Europe. Oil supplies to the United States take a longer route around the southern tip of Africa. Analysts, however, say neither side in the Yemen conflict has the kind of weaponry that would pose a serious threat to tankers in the Bab el-Mandeb.
Saudi warplanes bombed the positions of the Ansarullah fighters and launched attacks against the Sana’a airport and the Dulaimi airbase. US President Barack Obama authorized the Pentagon to provide logistical and intelligence support to Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said. Secretary of State John Kerry said that his country praises the military action and is backing it through intelligence sharing, targeting assistance and logistical support. (T/P3/R01)
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