Saudi Press Roundup
A 10-nation coalition under the leadership of Saudi Arabia enjoying the support of the Arab and Muslim world and the international community launched the operation “Decisive Storm” against the Houthi rebels with the aim of restoring the legitimate government to power in Yemen. The operation also wants to ensure that Yemen would never become a base for countries like Iran trying to undermine the stability of the region.
The military offensive is not only to protect Yemen but it is also an unprecedented operation to rescue the region. It has been launched under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who has opened a new phase in our region showing to the world that the countries in the region are capable of tackling any power that threaten the security of the Gulf region.
The Kingdom has saved the region. The intervention has come at a time when Iran has been boasting publicly and in a propagandist style that four Arab capitals are under its control.
However, this operation has changed rules of the game with Saudi warplanes up in the sky when an Iranian delegation is getting ready for negotiations with the West with the pretension that they alone can offer a solution to the region’s issues.
What is most important today is that our region has changed for the better. Now the Arab states have proved their strength.
— By Tariq Al-Homaid
Houthis asked for it
With the Yemeni people possessing 60 million weapons there was every likelihood of bloodbaths of youths rising against the repressive government of Ali Abdullah Saleh as had happened in Libya and Syria. However, Yemen joined the march of the remaining Arab countries and the youths of the revolution vanished from the political scene leaving conventional political powers and parties to take the lead.
Houthis are a part of the Yemen’s political fabric.
Hussain Al-Houthi founded the Ansarullah movement in Saada during the 1990s.
It was an alliance of several tribes and movements. Hussain was killed in a battle with the Yemeni Army in 2004. Now his brother Abdul Malik Al-Houthi leads the Houthis.
Houthis and Yemen Army fought six wars in the middle of the last decade, while Saudi Arabia launched a war at the Saudi-Yemen border in 2009.
With the increasing military power of Houthis, they defeated rival armies and finally took control of the Omran governorate, close to the capital city Sanaa in July and entered the capital in September 2014.
Political analysts said the Houthis wanted to control Sanaa with the aim of strengthening its bargaining power in the political dialogue while other analysts viewed that the Houthis wanted to establish their sway over the entire country. They also took the control of the presidential palace in few months and the president and other government officials fled to Aden.
Houthis publicly announced their intentions to march to Aden betraying their plan to rule the entire Yemen with its military power while there were reports of its deepening relations with Iran.
Perhaps the Gulf intervention in Yemen has been late because the Kingdom and other Gulf countries preferred a negotiated settlement but the Houthis exploited the situation for greater expansion.
—By Badar Al-Rashad
A turning point
The stance of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has restored a sense of security to the region. Everybody in the Kingdom and abroad wholeheartedly support the Saudi leadership.
This is a repetition of history, reminiscent of the unifier of the Kingdom, King Abdul Aziz, providing all support to the entire Arab world when it needed the help.
A careful study of our history would reveal that it was a history of endurance and confrontations but the clashes were in self-defense and for usurped rights.
I would not make any statements of discrimination such as this is a confrontation between Sunnis and Shiites. The Kingdom had stood by Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was not a Sunni, and later treated him medically when he survived an assassination attempt and the Kingdom also ensured his safety. But when he stood against the people of Yemen, Saudi Arabia extended its assistance to the people.
Yemeni Abdullah Al-Samei said in his tweet that he refused to support the Persian plan to wipe out the Arab identity and religion in favor of the Iranian expansion. He is a Yemeni who carries a photo of King Salman and welcomed the strikes against the Houthis.
The stance of the Saudi leadership confirms that it stands firm to protect the borders of the country and it is willing to lead operations and compete to march forward.
We did not wish for this war. In fact, it has been forced upon us and we would continue it until Yemen becomes safe and threat to Saudi Arabia is eliminated.
— By Sarah Al-Rashidan.
Show of unity
A number of wars have been fought in the Middle East since the mullahs started ruling Iran. People were massacred and cities were vandalized and countries were disintegrated since that fateful event.
Their rule has been no less dangerous than the black days in Islamic history such as the reigns of Qaramatians (900-966 AD,) Fatimids (909 - 1171 AD,) Safawids (1501- 1785,) crusades and Tatar attacks.
Those venomous snakes have been coiling in their dreams to such an extent that they believed that no one would ever stop them and the snake entered the land of Yemen under the false notion that Saudi Arabia and other Muslim and Arab countries would be slow in countering these venomous snakes and that is why the Kingdom and other brotherly countries struck with full might in the form of the operation, Decisive Storm, to rescue Yemen from these snakes.
The new Safawid gangs were on the move to inject their venom into the body of the Ummah after ravaging the Fertile Crescent but the ongoing military intervention has punctured its poison head. The Kingdom and its allies will not tolerate any snake to raise its ugly head any more.
The alliance of the 10 countries under the leadership of Saudi Arabia fulfills the aspirations of the Ummah for security, stability and progress. The alliance is expected to widen its scope to include most of the Muslim countries.
The Arab and Muslim Ummah should learn from the bitter lessons of history at least of the past two centuries and use it for the present and future.
— By Abdul Hameed Al-Amri
An appropriate response
When all the medication fails, the only option left is a decisive operation. The ongoing military offensive, “Decisive Storm” should be seen as such a treatment to effectively deal with the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The Kingdom and its allies were left with no other option but to intervene militarily in Yemen. The 10 members of the coalition, including all the Gulf countries except Oman, had failed in their efforts to ensure a peaceful transition of government in Yemen due to the intransigence of the Houthis.
The Houthis violated all agreements and sought to seize Yemen through violent measures. They isolated the legitimate president and his ministers and wreaked havoc across the country prompting the Yemeni president to appeal to the Gulf countries to intervene and save Yemen from Houthi occupation.
The Houthis today are a tool in the hands of some external forces that plan to dominate the Arabian Peninsula. Leaving the Houthis today to do what they want means surrendering Yemen to those terrorist forces, especially after their arrival on the outskirts of Aden and seizure of the airport.
The same force(s) had seized Greater Tunb Islands and attempted to create confusion and unrest in Bahrain and in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, took control of Iraq and deployed militias in the cities for ethnic cleansing and foment trouble in Syria and Lebanon. A military intervention was the only option left to deal with the Houthis, as they don’t apparently understand the language of peace and love.
Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal has stressed that Yemen’s security and the security of the Gulf are inseparable, while the joint military operation underscored the importance of the Arab Gulf strategic cooperation to safeguard the security of the Gulf region.
— By Ibrahim Muhammad Badawood
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