Peter Welby is a consultant on religion and global affairs, specializing in the Arab world. Previously he was the managing editor of a think tank on religious extremism, the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics, and worked in public affairs in the Arabian Gulf. He is based in London, and has lived in Egypt and Yemen. Twitter: @pdcwelby.
The Houthi slogan reads: “God is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse upon the Jews, Victory to Islam.” The middle three exclamations of this might be considered enough to disqualify the Houthis from mainstream political support in the West. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.