Yemen in our prayers. By Yilma Bekele

March 27th, 2015 Print Print Email Email

Poor Yemen is fast becoming the new playground of every wanabe strong Arab regime in the Middle East. Yemen is a safe location where they could test their acquired toys and pretend to act like a real army fighting real battles.

Yemen never have it good. It was not blessed with oil, the only commodity that sustains the Arab monarchs’. Yemen came out from the womb staggering and never seem to have acquired this thing called stability, freedom and democracy.

It is said long time ago the Axumite Kingdom stretched across the Red Sea into Yemen. Today both our countries are unstable, poverty stricken and just keep jumping from one crisis to another. In our case ethnic conflict is what fuels the fire while in Yemen religion is the preferred accelerant.

Yemen’s recent downward path to implosion started during the Arab Spring two years back. Before that Ali Saleh the warlord pretending to be President was comfortable playing one group against the other, cozying up to the US and Saudi Arabia and even befriending Iran on the sly. Then Arab Spring came and the boat was rocked and the gravy train was derailed.

The Gulf Arab negotiated the settlement and if you remember Saleh was exiled to Ethiopia. Woyane was willing to accommodate another warlord with plenty of looted money. If the price is right Woyane would throw the door open even to the Devil himself. Saleh was a non-issue.
Saleh did not like the humiliating way he was dispatched from office. He did not like it one bit. He sat and waited. The Houthi were the perfect vehicle to hitch a ride back to power. The fact that they are allied to Iran the arch enemy of Saudi Arabia did not bother Saleh one bit.

His Vice President that replaced him when he was booted out never saw one day of peace. Last week the old VP the new Pres. was unceremoniously driven out of the Palace in the capital city to Aden the port by the sea. He was pursued by both by the Houthi and his own army under the command of Saleh. Today it is reported he has landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with his tail between his legs. We Ethiopians are familiar with that.

Well for Yemen it looks like the trouble just started. It is going to be a long violent summer in Yemen. My brain overheats by just looking at the lethal weapon aimed at poor little Yemen where the peasants like ours live day to day and spend most of their time trying to conquer nature not each other.

I will start with the ring leader Saudi Arabia. They already have a name for the campaign ‘Operation Decisive Storm.’ That is so American. Sorry ‘Desert Storm’ was taken by Bush so ‘Decisive’ it is! The Saudis are not an easy enemy. It is not because they are brave in battle, that they have fought a war and won, have a long history of organized military culture-no sir the reasons is none of the above. I am afraid of them because they have these lethal weapons that they have bought from all weapon vendors on earth except the communists.

Of course they do not have real life experience using those sophisticated weapon system nor have they met any organized force making the exercise a little dangerous. But any weapon system you name it they have it. The desert is full of sophisticated planes, tanks, radar systems money can buy. The key issue is does having it translate into knowing how to use it effectively.

‘Saudi Arabia deployed 100 fighter jets and 150,000 troops for the operation, according to the Saudi-owned news channel al-Arabiya. The UAE also contributed 30 fighter jets, Kuwait and Bahrain 15 each, Qatar 10 and Jordan six’ the Guardian reported.

Egypt would supply the foot soldiers and enter from the Red Sea and by land from Saudi Arabia. They will face three main enemies. 1) Yemeni people. 2) Houthi militia. 3) Al-Qaida. The Yemenis are fighting on their own land. They are familiar with the desert. They are not the kind that would submit easy. In the short run they will suffer heavy loses. But they are patient people. Time is on their side. Which side Saleh would ally with is a good question. The old fox must be working both sides. The US is very familiar with Saleh’s Army.

The big war is fought between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Saudis seem to be on the defensive lately. They are not sad Saddam and Gadhafi are gone. But none of their investments have paid off. Bashir Al Assad is still standing a little stronger today than yesterday and the best have been thrown at him. The Iranians have solders in Iraq and have encircled Tikrit as we speak. The US is negotiating with the Ayatollah’s what else can go wrong?

All those planes assembled are going to fly and drop their bombs over Yemeni targets. There is no such thing as smart bomb or targeted strike. That only happens on books. The poor people of Yemen are going to be hit by a force they did not even imagine in their dreams. No one will count how many died. They will give estimates. The world will see numbers to give the story realism and it is old news.

It is possible the Saudis bit more than they could chew. The Iranians would be more than happy to bloody their nose. Can the Saudi withstand such blow cannot be answered today. The family have not been tested like this. All this uncertainty in the region is not good for our struggle for democracy. Dictators love chaos. They use the turmoil to do their dirty job under the radar.

I worry about Yemen because there are many thousands of Ethiopians stranded there. They left their home to make something of their life and now they are in a situation that no one even pays attention to their plight. They must be terrified. Most governments will send or lease a ship to save their citizens. Most people will stress about the fate of their people. The Ethiopians in Yemen are invisible. What would become of my children is what our country should ask.

Do you have a picture of Sana’a Yemen? Savor it. It would soon resemble Aleppo Syria, Mosul Iraq, Tripoli Libya or Mogadishu Somalia. All of them were beautiful places once upon a time where people went to work, raised a family and sat in a sidewalk café on the wide boulevards to drink cappuccino.

All the places mentioned above have one common thread running through their story. Dictatorship by one or a few is what precipitated all this melt down. A government without accountability to the people does not end well and when it goes it leaves a mess behind.
People in those places do not remember how the fighting started. If they know why now they do not care anymore. Their life has been turned upside down and lost meaning.

Our country Ethiopia is a candidate for such melt down. The ethnic animosity fanned by the ruling party, the coming economic contraction that is inevitable is going to polarize society more than ever. Today they say one can cut the tension with a knife. It is that thick. Saddam did not see it coming, Gadhafi was super relaxed. They are both dead and their people are still paying the price. Dictatorship does not end well. God help the Yemenis.

  1. tewbel
    | #1

    Thank you Ato Yilma for a most instructive analysis of the conditions in Yemen and Saudi Arabia and the gulf states. The armies of the anti?? allied
    states have never fought in any war, the Egyptians army was routed some forty years ago by Israel. They might kill some civilians and destroy some towns with their bombings but they are ultimately loosers. With all the failed policies in the area, those who are supposed to know seem not to understand their own misguided intervetions.
    Best regards.

  2. USA Fears Blowback
    | #2

    We should carefully watch developments in Yemen not only because many of us may have ancestors from that region (Do lighter skinned Ethiopians like these:
    really have Yemeni ancestry ?)
    but also because that could be a test for the invasion of the Nile basin in the upstream countries such as Ethiopia and Uganda.
    Look, Egypt is involved in the Saudi-led attacks, the next time Egypt could ask the Saudis to return the favour and get involved in an Egypt-led attack against the upper riparian countries of the Nile. And if we can take the talk about the creation of “an arab army” seriously then a quick African response to this developing threat is necessary.

  3. abchahu
    | #3

    Good analysis and well written.


  4. Addisu
    | #4

    Ato Yilma,what is impact of new war in Eritrea?Does it affect your lord Isayas positively or negatively?Thank you

  5. Halal Kitty
    | #5

    Is it poetic justice all the Arab countries are killing each other now for what they did to non-Arabs in Chad, Ethiopia, Iran, Nigerian civil war in 1967, Somalia and Zanzibar? It is only a wahibe fool who enjoys the destruction and misery of any nation. May Allah bring sanity and peace to Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and now poor Yemen and the world at large. Amen! Yours in Islam

  6. Hana
    | #6

    do you have to write on every issue ps take a break and read others article for a change.

  7. qacha-difftit
    | #7

    Yes, Yemen is in chaos. A period of great distraction, human tragedy, bloodshed, robbery and all that hurts humankind. What do we have to do to avoid similar or worse situation from happing in Ethiopia? We, all know as the first part of our history narrates to us and to all, our enemy did in fact launched war against Ethiopia before it arrived in our country; it then began committing atrocities on citizens, drove thousands of our children, the fruit of our future into exile, and it then fully established itself by creating two economic systems, one for itself and another one for the rest of Ethiopians leaving in millions in abject poverty which resulted in thousands of homeless citizens, children, and women being pried by all sorts of predators flocking through the widely opened doors into cities, towns, villages, and neighbourhoods, and broke into the doors and vandalized the lives of families. The doors that the fascist TPLF opened wide can only be shut and save our children and our country when we completely defeat the Fascist TPLF and drive into hell either to dye or rot.

  8. Dissmanii
    | #8

    Right now, at this moment our children, boys and girls are in Yemen. We know and remember how our loved ones and children were slaughtered in the streets, in secluded areas, in households, and in deserts by the cruel hands of beasts, in Saudi Arabia. Our children did go to Yemen to have extravagant life; rather, they were chased out of their motherland by the robbers whose sole aim is to hurt us and our country. Even, a chunk the observable universe fall on Earth, honey rains from heaven, hill change into mountain we shall never ever trust the current enemy of our children with our country, peace and love, and children, at all. There is one and only one group of mafia who should have been held responsible and accountable for having driven our children into Yemen and else where to have been living a life of sorrow, slavery, cruelty, distress, and beating and death. We shall always remember our children through our prayers and shall we soon destroy the TPLF mafia regime for once and for all so that a new life for all shall we bring.

  9. Shegaw Dejene
    | #9

    (Yilma Bekele) now writing about yemen by involvinh himself in Yemens internal domestic affais, just like poor Issias used train Yemen terrorists in Eritrea to attack the Yemen government since the late 1990′s.

  10. falgufdaf
    | #10

    We don’t really have the exact number of Ethiopians victims of the Fascist TPLF had been driven out of their country and subjected to all kinds of human suffering at the hands of Arabs; we know there are nearly more than half a million Ethiopians of all ages and children, men, and women going agonizing and life crushing situation in the Arab world. The situation in Yemen is getting uglier by hours and there are many indications that the situations will be aggravated by unpredictable circumstance created by all the players in the region. One worrisome things that we have to face is that our loved ones will be subjected to harsh treatment from all sides in the region as these the soon to be victims have no places to escape to safety. As a lasting solution to the suffering of our children, we, Ethiopians have to mobilize our energy and resources to find a remedy for the pain and suffering through which our children have been going, indeed, we must eliminate the Fascist TPLF from our country and bring in our exiled children from the middle east where the greatest human tragedy occurred and witnessed by all of us across the global community including back home. Yes, there is nothing like safe in the homeland; however, to create safe environments for all that have been suffering for the last 24 years, we must roll up our sleeves and carry all the necessary tools and weapons and chase the enemy off our lands and bring a lasting peace.

  11. Die hard G7
    | #11


    What are You talking about? Yilma is sincerely concerned about the plight of our brothers and sisters in yemen due to the unrest between the rebels and a few arab countries. Our brothers and sisters suffered so much under these brutal Arab governments.The fascist TPLF did very little if at all to protect and return them home safely. Now this happen, please, tell me what did the fascist govenment of yours did so far to protect our citzens and bring them home from this war torn country.(Yemen} C’MON MAN! tell your fascist govenment to do something to protect it’s citizen and bring them home safe if there is any humanity left in you.

  12. Sam
    | #12

    I think yilma’s understanding of the politics of Yemen is impressive. But he got it wrong when he said ” dictatorship by one or a few is what precipitated all this melt down.” I do have a different intake. That dictatorship will birth unrest is not the issue here. It does. But the unrest in Yemen has many components. To Just say if dictatorship had not existed, the Yemenis would have lived happily now is untrue. Yemen for some time now harbors Moslem rebels whose motive is not necessarily to free Yemen from dictatorship, but to impose their dogma in every breathing human being. I am not a fan of the Middle East monarchs. But in current Yemen’s condition what does Yilma think they should do? Stay living the way they have done as if nothing that dangers their security is in working close to their home. That would be suicidal.

  13. Abere
    | #13

    In fact, some dictatorships result in stability – see Egypt and Pakistan. Others even add prosperity to it, China being the best example. Therefore, your logic that dictatorship is a precursor for instability and chaos is not supported by reality on the ground.

  14. Dawi
    | #14

    In line with Sam’s view:

    We know most countries in our region are not democratic; so we can blame the “dictatorships” all day long but not having the foggiest idea what comes after bringing them down and not taking the responsibilty for the disasters created in the aftermath is despicable if you ask me.

    Let us begin with the West that destroyed the institutions of authority in Iraq, Libya and elsewhere without having the foggiest idea what would come next? More than 100,000 dead Iraqis who would be alive today are gone; not to mention the Americans, Brits and other countries souls who have lost their lives.

    Again, I doubt if Yelma has the foggiest idea what would come next in our country when he has shown us of his willing to get help from a known North Korean type dictatorship of Eritrea to over throw the semi authoritarian EPRDF?

  15. ontitity
    | #15

    All Ethiopians bring your mighty feast together and demolish the house of fascist tplf, and then burry the enemy under the ruin of the house it had built to torch and beat Ethiopians inside. The enemy is as quiet as the dead robber who went to his grave cursed and hated several months ago. Now, the enemy is going through its final phase of its life as it is near to death by a counted seconds. We can not bear the pain and suffering of our loved Ethiopians have been going through in the very dangerous situation that is exhibiting to us and to the rest of the world community, what has been described as volatile and uncertain, now has fully been confirmed changed into tragic situation. More than 49 Ethiopians have bombed to death and nearly a hundred Ethiopians have been gravely wounded. Death to the blood robbers!!

    Right now we are heart-broken and saddened by what our children are clinging on life and death situation.

  16. Bulti
    | #16

    Dictatorships should not be defended for whar ever reason. The members and beneficiaries of the ethnical fascist rule of the TPLF do not have any ground (moral or otherwise) to criticise others. Unlike the other dictatorships, the dictatorship of the ethnicaal fascist TPLF is discriminatory, excluding and marrginalizing. It favours and treats the Tigrayans as the first class citizens and gives them preferential treatments in education,economic and political lives of the country. The favoured and wealthy Tigrayans and their hodam followers bombard,deafen and bore us with their false and fabricated propganda of economic growth and development in Ethiopia. We know who is unfairly amassing wealth and getting richer overnight in Ethiopia. Thus, Dawi and the other TPLF guys should not spend their time and energy to vomit the stinking propaganda of their TPLF pay masters and try to spoil our democratic and free fori such as Abugida. The notorious and rude Tigrayan TPLF cadre uisng the alias `Dilwenberu`lives in London and is known to own and run bis businesses in Ethiopia. He is the secret official of the TPLF embassy in London.

  17. Tegga Lendado
    | #17

    This article’s title caught my attention and I read it with great interest. It is a great analysis of the situation offering clues to the upcoming woes in the region. The suggested solution seems to be to rid the dictatorship to replace it with democracy. We have lived long enough to observe feudalism, communist democracy and capitalistic democracy now tending global “chao-cracy”. I am not a politician but I can see how much role religion and economics have played in the lives of the people of the region. I, therefore agree with the author that prayer is the key missing ingredient in the mix. However, for concerted prayer to happen there has to be some type of dialogue among the religious community leaders. For them to meet and dialogue there has to be a peaceful environment or at least a peaceful forum. The key question to be asked is “Do all these religious leaders believe in peace and peaceful co-existence? Do they really believe that all human being are created equal and deserve freedom and justice? Do they sincerely believe in the Creator of the human race? This leads me to Prophet Isaiah 58 where the people were fasting and praying committing all forms of injustices among themselves. according to the Prophet their prayers were in vain. The long road to reconciliation and peace starts with personal soul-searching before God or Allah. No sincere genuine religious philosophy would condone unjustifiable killing or war.

  18. Le Figaro Express
    | #18

    I do not understand why this writer and other Ethiopians worry about
    yemen while they show to much fervor if it is against Egypt.
    Yemen is a much more worest ally for Ethiopia than Egypt.
    So if you show passion when it is against Egypt; why not against much
    worest yemen.
    You and many others of your kind are victims of deliberate misinformation
    of past regime’s propaganda machines who set Ethiopia’s foreign relations
    policy at faulty path and theose medias or mouth pieces who were lauding and parroting this faulty lines.
    Ethiopia has suffered so much by following a wrong foreign policy for
    many decades wrongly understanding Yemen (SANA AXIS) is its more reliable
    ally than Egypt while the truth is quite to the contrary.
    Yemen is a country with backward state politics who always thrive to
    influence Ethiopia and urge it to adopt and emulate its kind of tribal
    politics unlike secular and more moderate Egypt. Thus Ethiopia has made
    a grave mistake when it excluded Egypt and made itself a member of the
    SANA AXIS alliance.What a misinformed choice !

  19. Qitqitt
    | #19

    They did not seek extravagant life or they ventured out to explore the wilderness of the desert; they were driven out of their home by invading Fascist TPLF Robbers into the hungry beasts mouth and the cruel hearts of the savageries and hands of the savages. The barbaric Saudis mercilessly bombed These victims, Ethiopians inside the universally recognized UN shelter and killed a great many Ethiopians and wounded a lot more Ethiopians on successive bombardments by the Saudi hovering beast of the sky. May God rain endless calamity upon the barbaric Saudis and Fascist TPLF!!!! Amen. The Saudis killed our people and Hailemariam Desalegn, the prisoner of his choice to Fascist TPLF masters publicly announced his firm solidarity With the Saud’s in the bombardment of our dear Ethiopians wherever they are scattered in Yemen. May our dear lord, God rain calamities of all sorts upon the Fascist TPLF and the beasts in Yemen’s sky?

  20. lqllim
    | #20

    The cause and the instigator of the instability and chaos in the horn and surrounding area would be Fascist TPLF, this Ethiopians had been knowing it before the blood robbers entered Ethiopia. Definitely Kenya’s unending drowning into sea of troubles had been mainly its inability to look into the TPLF mafia regime’s working mechanism and its consequences on the security of Kenya. If Kenya follows the footstep of Ethiopians, who currently are fighting against the enemy of everybody, for sure, Kenya will enjoy safety and tranquility for years to come.

    On the battle ground, our sons and daughters are on the vanguard ready to inject patriotic bullets into the heart of the enemy; others, sons and daughters of Ethiopia are casting x-ray eyes on the movements of the enemy both inside and outside the motherland; equally, other Ethiopians are doing huge,what is called invisible battalion to perform surgical operation on the enemy’s central nervous system to completely paralyze and meme it to its complete death and ruin. All Ethiopians, rest your mighty feast on the enemy and make it turn into its nonexistence.

  21. kentu
    | #21

    Yemen conflict good opportunity for opposition bad news for weyane why thousands Ethiopian youth ca.e to Eritrea.use this opportunity before disappeared

  22. hinqida
    | #22

    It is not getting better for our loved ones in Yemen as Saudi Jets are bombing indiscriminately which has resulted in the loss of life, including those lives that our children lost. Unless we, Ethiopians attack and tackle the cause of the problem that lead our children to this unending and brutal situations, the old will continue paying the price while the new arrival will meet more worse situation today and tomorrow. First and foremost, the enemy of us and our children that drove our children to exile must be crushed into defeat and must then things bring to their natural orders. Then and now, our enemy, the Fascist Hiwhat TPLF has been elated in joy when its planned cruelty came in to being, our children’s suffering is its happiness, our death is its rebirth, our country is its property, our glory is its head ach, our determination to set free our children is its fear of losing its grip on the lives of its victims; therefore, the enemy that we have been known for years must witness its own death while we march on victory road to the podium to celebrate victorious struggle against the enemy which had arrived years ago in our country via invasion. Yes, the only guarantee for the future of our children is to crush the enemy to its complete death.

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