The seven ballistic missiles which were fired by the Houthis towards four Saudi cities confirm that it was right to wage this war. The incident also validates all these warnings against Iran’s threats in the region, as it is Tehran that is smuggling missiles to Yemen and managing their launch towards Saudi Arabia.
Sunday’s attack marked the largest attack on Saudi Arabia ever since Iran sought to control Yemen three years ago. Seven missiles were launched towards the kingdom but despite this number of missiles and the distance they crossed, the operation was nothing more than a show. The four missiles in Riyadh’s skies resembled fireworks. It’s no coincidence that these missiles were fired on the third anniversary of the military campaign launched to confront the coup staged by the Houthis and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s forces and their seizure of Yemen. All seven missiles failed to hit any vital target and actually helped the Saudi government remind everyone that the war against the Houthis and those allied with them is a war of necessity.
The Houthis currently control around one fourth of Yemen. However the Houthis are governing these areas, including their stronghold Saada, with great difficulty. The Houthi militias had seized the entire of Yemen all the way to Aden in the South forcing the legitimate government led by President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee from Aden to Oman and then to Saudi Arabia. If the military campaign had not been launched, all of Yemen, and not just one fourth of it, and its ports and airports, would have been under Iran’s influence.
Political efforts are not enough
A political solution that grants the Houthis or others tutelage over some Yemeni areas, or lets them keep their arms, or allows them a larger political stake, cannot be justified.Abdulrahman al-Rashed