Hodeidah: Conflict of visions and strategies

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

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Huge sacrifices and several months’ bitter conflict have carved the passage toward Hodeidah whose port is the main artery to support the Houthi militias with weapons, missiles and experts that come from Iran and its wings in the region, such as the terrorist Hezbollah group.

The Houthis are now under the increased pressure of the Yemeni army and resistance forces which are fully backed by Saudi and UAE coalition forces. Hodeidah is a stage in the way toward Sanaa and toward reaching a comprehensive political solution in Yemen.

This would mean cleansing the country of Iran’s terrorist and radicalized agents, restoring legitimacy to the political capital, restoring security and stability in Yemen and rescuing the Yemenis from those who hijacked their lives and stole their national resources.

Ideology cannot confront power — the power of planning, politics and armies, and above all the power of the right of the Yemeni people in their legitimate government.

Heroes and martyrs

If it had not been for the sacrifices of the heroes and martyrs and thousands of soldiers, we would not have reached this decisive phase of the Decisive Storm and Restoring Hope operations in Yemen.

This decisive moment is represented in the efforts to liberate Hodeidah, cut off of the supplies to the Houthi militias and ensure that humanitarian aid reaches Yemeni people instead of it being used by the Houthis to coax loyalty and pressure cities, villages and tribes which show any kind of opposition against their corruption.

The Houthi militias are under continuous fire from a fierce military force on various fronts in Hodeidah. The result of this battle is almost forgone, not just in terms of the military strike against the Houthis but also in terms of the comprehensive management of the battle.

Meanwhile, military reinforcements aim to force the Houthis to completely surrender or humiliatingly exit the city or die by the fire of the Yemeni army and the Arab coalition.

The Houthis continue to commit crimes against Yemeni civilians and forcibly stop them from leaving areas of military confrontation

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Human shields

The Houthis continue to commit crimes against Yemeni civilians and forcibly stop them from leaving areas of military confrontation, turning them into human shields. They fight on for ideological reasons even though their defeat is writ large and is merely a matter of time.

On looking at the big picture, no one knows what political fate awaits the region’s countries and their long conflicts divided between regional aspirations for expansion — as is the case with the policies of Iran and Turkey that is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood and its fundamentalist and terrorist allies – and the policy of supporting stability led by Saudi Arabia and its allies, mainly the UAE. However, the general vision shows that the victory of the countries supporting stability is always strongest.

International response to the world and the region’s destiny starts and ends with the US. Trump’s strategy towards Iran is making noticeable progress, despite Europe’s semi reluctance. Ending the less important issues with North Korea provides the capability to anticipate the future, both at the regional and international levels of conflict.

Amazing victories

An example of this development toward the victory of countries that support stability is the Yemeni crisis. All political, legal, diplomatic, military and charitable efforts, which were employed by the Arab coalition there have yielded amazing victories in the past few years.

The coalition has through the Decisive Storm and Restoring Hope operations managed to rearrange the Yemeni scene all over again, regain more than 80 percent of Yemeni territories and besiege the Houthis on all fronts.

Yemen is now heading towards military and political solutions that restore real balance. Despite international institutions’ fragmentation – a fragmentation that obstructed the process of saving Yemen for a long time under false pretexts – achievements and victories on the ground are what determine the situation, end crises and eliminate biases.

The Houthi militias are not withdrawing from vast areas for tactical reasons but because they are losing. The Hodeidah battle is an important step towards liberating Yemen and defeating the terrorist Houthi militias and regaining legitimacy and stability for the Yemeni state and its people and to get Yemen out of the fierce regional conflict.

This eventually serves the aim of besieging Iran’s expansionist project and forces Iran to look after its own internal affairs. Yemen is only an example as what’s happening in Yemen is happening in other Arab countries as well.

Media wars

The signs of victory can be seen in the battlefield in Hodeidah. In this respect media coverage is extremely important because it presents a vivid image to the world about what is happening on the ground and thwarts attempts to distort developments or exaggerate them.

The media’s battle is often half the war especially given the large number of those lurking to twist developments.

The Qatari channel Al Jazeera, for example, which is known for its hostility toward Arab countries and their people and which supports the stability of chaos and terrorism and that is involved in the two anti-Arab projects of Iran and Turkey, has not spared an opportunity to distort developments pertaining to the liberation of Hodeidah and the cleansing of Yemen from the abomination of the Houthi militia. It has nothing left to do but display a black badge and announce mourning!

At the end, what is happening in Hodeidah is a natural consequence of the policies of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and their allies towards Yemen and the regional conflict. It’s a matter of time, and time is on our side in Yemen.

As for Iran, if it does not abandon its regional expansionist project, it will be forced to retreat to look after its citizens, as stated by the Saudi crown prince. Thus the victories of the past, present and future are the result of the right vision and strategies and the continuous work to execute them at all levels.

This article is also available in Arabic.
Abdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi is a Saudi writer and researcher. He is a member of the board of advisors at Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center. He tweets under @abdullahbjad.

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