The last thing Saudi Arabia and its Western allies want is a self-sustaining, economically viable, militarily strong, and anti-imperialist Yemen at the bottom of the Arabian Peninsula, controlling the Red Sea and its strategic waterways. Yemen’s geographic placement in regards to the flow of world capital cannot be stressed enough.
by Randi Nord
Part 3 - Yemen’s growing revolutionary anti-imperialist movement threatens U.S.-Saudi regional hegemony
Despite Saudi Arabia’s receipt of heaping military and intelligence support from the United States and other Western allies such as the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and (previously) Germany, Yemen’s resistance movement has only grown stronger.
Ansarullah now controls the capital Sana’a, most of Yemen’s northern provinces, as well as over 100 miles of territory beyond the Saudi border. Here, Yemeni Special Forces, with the Army and Popular Committees, expanded operations in retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s devastating airstrike campaign.
Yemen’s Sana’a-based Defense Ministry has also vastly expanded military capabilities. Now, Yemen can domestically manufacture long-range ballistic missiles, naval missiles, anti-aircraft weapons, and reconnaissance drones. While the official narrative insists these parts come from Iran, both Tehran and Sana’a deny this is the case. Not only that, but documents obtained from Foreign Policy say the evidence is inconclusive. Prior to the war, Sana’a under Hadi and Saleh’s leadership was dependent on other countries — like the United States — for military equipment and support. As a key ally of George Bush Jr., the late President Saleh received at least $400 million worth of military aid. There is absolutely no shortage of weapons already inside Yemen.
The last thing Saudi Arabia and their Western allies want is a self-sustaining, economically viable, militarily strong, and anti-imperialist Yemen at the bottom of the Arabian Peninsula, controlling the Red Sea and its strategic waterways. The importance of Yemen’s geographic placement in regards to the flow of world capital cannot be stressed enough.
The Bab el-Mandeb Strait is a crucial choke point: nearly 59 billion barrels of petroleum and other liquid products pass through here each day as ships make their way to the Suez Canal and on to Europe. That’s nearly 61 percent of the world total. Whoever controls this portion of the Red Sea could potentially disrupt the flow of world capital and global trade.
And of course the fervor of a popular revolutionary movement isn’t something Riyadh wants flowing over its border, where Saudi Arabia is suppressing and bombing a decades-long uprising in the Qatif province.