Sep 08, 2018 16:47 UTC

A UK-based Middle East expert Saeb Shaath says the Saudis turned to the Israeli military for help and the Zionists trained them with “their Nazi tactics” and deployed the Gaza scenario in major areas of Yemen.

Saeb Shaath is an internationally recognized Middle East political expert, public speaker on Middle Eastern affairs. He former Palestinian representative in Ireland, who headed the Palestine General Delegation to Ireland until 2002. Dr. Shaath is the chairman of the Palestine Aid charity and a co-founder of Irish Map (Medical Aid for Palestine), working hard on improving the Palestinian health facilities in Gaza.

Dr. Shaath, in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency, said that the Saudi forces, trained by the Israelis, deployed the Gaza scenario on Yemeni cities by imposing land, naval and air blockade aimed at collectively punishing the civilian population to steer their anger against the resistance forces, as the cause for their sufferings. However, the scenario once failed in Gaza is now failing in Yemen.

Commenting on the British arms sale to Saudi Arabia, the Middle East expert said that the British government considers the Saudi war on Yemen as an opportunity to make money and the poor Arab country a place to test its weapons.

What follows is an interview with Dr. Shaath about the ongoing Saudi aggression on Yemen and possible motives behind the unprovoked war imposed on the impoverished Arab country by Saudi Arabia and its western allies. Stay tuned.

Q: What do you think about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen caused by the Saudi war and the blockade on the country?

A: Since the Saudi coalition and its mercenaries do not have the expertise of conducting an urban warfare or asymmetric warfare; they resorted to extensive usage of air power, with intense attacks, targeting civilian infrastructure, hospitals, schools and residential areas. The air campaign designed to inflect the maximum destruction and to starve the entire people of Yemen into submission.

The only fit description to the brutal war of aggression on Yemen is ‘genocide’. Today there are 20 million people in Yemen facing imminent starvation; due to the 3 and a half years long blockade and the military offensive by the USA, Western backed Saudi-Emirati coalition on the port city of Hodeida – the entry point for 85-90 percent of all food and medical supplies into Yemen.

Q: What are the Saudis’ objectives in their war on Yemen?

A: The Saudi regime and its American masters are adamant in defeating the free independent and sovereign Yemen for many reasons: 1. To bring Yemen back to the Saudi’s sphere of domination. 2. To loot its many resources. 3. To impose regression on the country. 4. To annex Hadramawt to Ale Saud’s kingdom, that’s because of its geopolitical importance which can partly reduce the strategic significance of the Strait of Hormuz, to the West and Saudis.   

Moreover, the Ale Saud and its Western masters, do not want the people of Saudi Arabia specifically of the Eastern provinces, to deploy the Yamani’s tactics, to become sovereign over their country and its wealth, that scenario represents an immense blow to the Western imperialists design for global domination. Saudi Arabia is essential with its strategic geopolitical importance to the current American empire's regional and global destabilizing strategy against other countries in the region.

Q: It seems that the Saudis expected an easy-to-win combat when they first stepped into the war. What do you see as the reasons for Riyadh's continued failure in Yemen?

A: The Saudi war of aggression on Yemen has failed to achieve its major goal, or to take control of major cities. The Saudis resorted to the Israeli military generals and their Nazi tactics, as mercenaries, they trained the Saudi forces and deployed the Gaza scenario on major areas of Yemen, imposing land, naval and air blockade, engendering starvation, to achieve a slow genocide. They are also subjecting the Yeminis to collective punishment, aiming at steering people's anger against the Ansarullah movement, the revolutionaries and the Yemeni Army, as the cause of their hardship, they failed to defeat the Gazans and are failing in Yemen.

Q: Why do the US and the UK continue to supply Saudi Arabia with arms despite international criticism with regard to civilian casualties?

A: Yemen is significant to the Western imperialists’ desire for global domination. The British Empire used to manage the logistics of its colonies from Australia to India from Eden in Yemen. It’s important for the British to help the Americans and Saudis in keeping Yemen impoverished and in turmoil so that they cannot exist without international handouts. For the British government and its military industry it’s a money-making war and a free ride to test its weapons in Yemen.

Q: Why have the international organizations, particularly the UN, remained passive in the face of the ongoing Saudi atrocities?

A: The Chinese and Russian position on the UN Security Council regarding Yemen is not even keeping up with the two great powers' own national security interests. Since independent, free and sovereign Yemen is going to influence the geopolitical dynamics not just for Arabian Peninsula but it will have a global geopolitical influence mainly in reducing and limiting the American dominant influence on Arabian Sea and the Red Sea, which will be advantageous to all sovereign nations.

Q: The airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition have mostly claimed the lives of Yemeni civilians, including thousands of women and children. What do you think is the reason for the airstrikes targeting civilians?

A: Western backed Saudi war of aggression and the 3 and a half years long blockade on Yemen and the recent criminal military offensive on the city of Hodeida with a population of 600,000 are all designed to starve the entire population of Yemen. The Western powers assisted the Saudi coalition in manufacturing the worst humanitarian catastrophe the world ever witnessed. The UN humanitarian organizations and aid agencies are warning of the genocidal consequences from the assault on the only food and medicine entry point left in Yemen. UN agencies stated that ‘20 million people in Yemen are facing imminent starvation’.

From the early days of Saudi war on Yemen we have witnessed the coalition’s airstrikes targeting civil infrastructure and civilians including thousands of women and children. The war has displaced the people internally and push them to flee Yemen, and mount pressure on the Yemeni Army and the revolutionary committee, trying in vain to drive a wedge between them and the people as if they are the cause of the people’s misery and suffering. The end game is to push the Yemeni Army, the Ansarullah movement and the revolutionaries to surrender in return for the Saudi coalition halting its criminal assault on the civilians, to impose a total defeat on Yemen.