Behind the Saudi Military Intervention in Yemen – Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah
The Saudis are exasperated by the Obama administration’s courtship of Iran – the same Iran that supports their enemies in Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen and Iraq, and claims control of four Arab capitals (Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad and Sana’a). With its military intervention in Yemen, Saudi Arabia decided it was time to draw the line between the two main camps fighting over hegemony in the Middle East – the Iran-led axis versus the moderate-Arab camp led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia – and demanded that the U.S. choose sides.
Even Turkey provided logistical support, verbally attacked Iran and called on Iran and the militant groups to withdraw from Yemen.
Moderate Arab countries are hoping to create a pan-Arab intervention force to back regimes under attack by Sunni jihadists.Egyptians have pointed to Libya as being the next target for an Arab military intervention. The writer was formerly Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence. (Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
Arab Liberals Have Been Betrayed – Hanin Ghaddar
For years, we’ve been preached to by visiting American diplomats and think-tankers and journalists about the virtues of democracy. We’ve been told that if we speak out to defend our rights, we will be supported by America. And now we’ve been betrayed.
For many liberal Arab citizens like me, it looks like the U.S. is siding with the Shiites against the Sunnis. It is helping Assad, Hizbullah, and other allies of Iran stay in power. The U.S. has picked the Resistance axis over helping potential democracies to grow. In Lebanon, where I live, Hizbullah – an organization sponsored and directed by America’s new Iranian partner – has repeatedly used force to block every effort toward democracy or reform.
Why is Iran, which has one of the worst human rights records in the region, and which has and still is using violence all over the region, a potential ally to the U.S.? The writer is managing editor of NOW-Lebanon and a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council. (Tablet)
Iran vs. the Rest of the World – Salman Aldossary (Asharq Al-Awsat-UK)
The Saudi-led operation in Yemen is not targeting just the Houthi rebels, but also Iran’s expansionist ambitions in the region, and its local allies and agents in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Bahrain.
Everybody in the world is facing a clear choice: You are either with Iran or with the entire rest of the world.
The writer is the editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat.