Ansar Allah of Yemen says that they’ve managed to launch yet another drone strike against their adversary, this time right within the capital. With the Houthis movement growing even more confident with each passing minute, how long does the Saudi Arabia have before things get out of hand?
In every war lost, ever single battle gone wrong, there is a moment when the commander has to make a decision. Accept the truth and surrender or keep fighting the bad fight so that the generations to come don’t blame you for the failures of your betters. The world of politics is no different and sometimes a small blunder might snowball into a catastrophe which has to be stopped else he would crush all. Saudi Arabia’s incursion of Yemen was one of those blunders. Fear of anti-monarchists prompted Saudis to invade a foreign sovereign soil to keep an ally in power but since there was no clear outlook at every step of the way a new problem rose. Now they barely can stand the consequences.
Not two days ago, Ansar Allah announced that they managed to carry out a strike right within the heart of Saudi Arabia, the capital city Riyadh, to prove to their adversaries that no country, no city, no person is untouchable. Though Saudi Arabia hasn’t addressed the Ansar’s claims directly, given the Saudi state Tv increasing maneuverer on the country’s accomplishments in war it is widely assumed that the attack on Thursday as claimed by the Houthi movement has indeed happened. Furthermore, there have been numerous confirmed reports of attacks carried out against Saudi assets within the region which further strengthens the Houthi claims.
When the Saudis started the war in Yemen years ago, they initially thought that a few air raids and bombardment would be enough to school this unruly neighbour. More than seven years have passed since then and with each passing day, Houthi movement gains a stronger base and attracts greater numbers to its gates. What Saudi Arabia claims to be the “legal government” is basically toppled and with capital in their hand, Ansar is basically the legal caretaker of Yemen. Saudi Arabia’s last month’s call to peace was not in fact a framework for reconstruction, it was actually the white flag raised so as to define the exit strategy from the war which is taking a greater toll on Saudis rather infamous reputation.
Now that they’re caught in the mire, Saudis want to scrub their involvement, wrapping it up in a peace initiative supported by the UN, An institution where numerous Saudi lobbyists ran amok in, escaping from a war that is doing them much more harm than what was expected. They’ve been pressed to the point where they were eventually forced to concede their first draft of the peace plan, agreeing to lift the blockade on both the Sanaa airport and Hoedeidah sea port in their new, revised version of the peace proposal. Yemenis however have proved to be more clever than that.
Caretakers of Yemen know that Saudis reputation is not the only thing at stake here, since they never had much to begin with, let alone propose peace for the sake of keeping it from plummeting downward. The recent string of attacks have indeed proven to be too much for the Saudis to handle and without Donald Trump to justify and to continue the U.S. logistical support of the war it may even be detrimental to prolong this battle under false pretences. For the reasons above, Yemenis sense that they could preserve their revolution intact without giving away too many concessions to those who oppose this outcome. May the odds favor the righteous.