Written By: Ahmed al-Jarallah *
Article Date: Mar 2, 2012 - 7:57:28 PM
Yemen finally managed to avoid sliding into civil war. This was accomplished by following steps of the implementation of the GCC initiative for guiding the country through this crisis, these experiences affirmed the position of former President Saleh, which some of the regional parties wanted to exploit by creating through Yemen their most bloody and destructive gate to the region to expand the span of the failing countries.
Yemen has a sensitive strategic position which doesn’t easily endure any uncalculated ventures. Former president Saleh knew this very well and insisted on not leaving the country to the unknown, so that it could become easy prey to forces that seek to fill its security vacuum with their destructive terrorist mechanisms. If he had left, all world powers wouldn’t have been able to prevent the warmongers from launching proxy wars all over Yemen via the Saudi boarders using the Houthis.
The Al-Qaeda organization wouldn’t have kept their hands at leisure for long, especially now that they have access to the Somali Al-Shabab movement who have formed an indispensable component of this terrorist organization. They wouldn’t have been satisfied to limit their influence to the outskirts of Mogadishu and Bab al-Mindab, but would have turned the Red Sea into a global pirate base, a scene that the world wouldn’t like to wake up to it one day. If Saleh were to abandon his position due the unprecedented international pressures on him at that time, Yemen would have turned into small, radical tribal and sectarian states.
It would have become a porthole for exporting terrorism to the countries of the region. Even the Yemeni people would have been drowned into a sea of blood that would not end in a hundred years. However, Saleh managed to spare his country this dark fate, although he was exposed to an assassination attempt that didn’t target him alone, but all the pillars of his regime.
He chose instead not to abandon the national responsibility that he had borne for 33 years, during which he worked for establishing the true foundation of the state, resorting during critical times to the constitutional institutes and not to mob enthusiasm, irrespective of how ear deafening it tended to become. Obviously every person has his positive and negative attributes and this applies to former president Saleh too.
The Yemeni people will, in retrospect, discover that Saleh’s advantages outweigh his disadvantages and some day they will realize all that he has done for this country. I will record this for him because he accepted to bear all consequences of his position, just as was the case with the previous Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, in order to save his country.
We repeat what we said when Mubarak handed Egypt to the military council, sparing his country the fate of total disintegration. History will remember these two presidents as the model that should be followed by others so that their countries won’t slip into the Libyan quagmire or plunge into Somalization.
* editor-in-chief of the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah & Arab Times
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