The Houthi-Iranian missiles which were fired towards Riyadh and other Saudi cities reveal why fighting the Houthis in Yemen is an existential matter and an inevitable choice, contrary to those demanding to halt the war or doubting its usefulness.
We are before a terrorist group that takes orders from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and that does not even aim to serve the interests of the Houthi Movement itself. Just like its masters in Tehran, this terror group frankly states that it wants death and destruction for Saudi Arabia and the Saudi people.
It’s important to clarify this for the thousand time and note that this is not only Saudi Arabia’s war but the war of an Islamic Arab coalition that has international legitimate support. The summary of the argument of Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Arab coalition, is that it’s Iran which actually shelled some Saudi cities while the Houthis are just a nickname, like when one uses a fake name on online interactive platforms!
All this happened as US President Donald Trump’s team integrated and the political mood towards Iran was unified by appointing Mike Pompeo as US Secretary of State and John Bolton as national security advisor. It’s also happened as Saudi-Emirati-American coordination strengthened as seen by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s current tour to the US.
The conclusive evidence that Iran has supplied the Houthis with the missiles used to target Saudi Arabia and sent Revolutionary Guards, and perhaps Hezbollah experts as well, to Yemen, make the confrontation with Iran, whatever its form is, imminent, that is if the decision to confront it had not been already taken!
Will this reckless missile attack expedite the pace of the “great confrontation” with Khomeini's Iran that nurtures all evils in the region?Mashari Althaydi
Commenting on the Houthi-Iranian missiles which targeted Saudi Arabia, Emile Ameen wrote in an article published in Asharq al-Awsat newspaper: “There must be quick efforts in the UN to look into how it can confront Iran, and the Americans must prepare the required responses to these power tests they’ve been subjected to.
After the Iranian missiles were fired towards Saudi Arabia, the Saudi cabinet chaired by King Salman said: “The Iranian-backed Houthi militias’ criminal aggression proves that the Iranian regime continues to support the Houthis. This is a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2216 and 2231. It also shows the destructive role Iran is playing in Yemen by smuggling missiles to terrorist militias to use them against civilians in Yemen and the kingdom.”
The spokesman of the Arab coalition Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said the kingdom “reserves the right to respond to Iran.” Commenting on the recent Houthi attack on Saudi Arabia, Rebecca Rebarich, the US Department of Defense spokesperson, accused Iran of supplying the Houthis with weapons.
Will this reckless missile attack expedite the pace of the “great confrontation” with Khomeini's Iran that nurtures all evils in the region?
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Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi @MAlthaydy presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.