US Foreign Policy and Ansar Allah

Houthi slogan "God is the Greatest, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam"

In early December, the United States Senate voted to end U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia in its war against Yemen. Senate leaders claim that they voted for the measure in response to the killing of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, by his own Royal Saudi government. While it is certainly good that the US is going to, in some shape or form, limit its assistance to the Saudi Arabian regime, the public should not expect a “change of heart” of the US-Saudi-Zionist war machine. The Saudi-led coalition continues to exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen through reckless aggression.

Such a vote was merely a political ploy by the Democratic Party to be as oppositional to President’s Trump’s administration as possible. It seems hard to believe that the same elites who sat in Congress in 2015, under Obama, when the Saudis began their intervention, have changed their core interests. This vote means nothing. Any war material that the coalition needs, can be acquired through a third-party proxy if at all.

The US government is still in 100% lock-step with the bombing of Ansar Allah (or Houthi) positions in the Yemen highlands. States are rational actors, and they will not shoot themselves in the foot, even out of spite. The US and Israel cannot allow the Houthis to oust the pro-Zionist and anti-Iranian Hadi government.

Ansar Allah is the official name for the Houthi movement that leads the opposition in the Yemeni Civil War. The anti-Zionist Ansar Allah has been compared to Hezbollah in Lebanon, and it is important to note that Israel is currently in the middle of an anti-Hezbollah military operation. Much like Hezbollah, Ansar Allah is frequently miscast as a Salafist group like the Islamic State. Ansar Allah seeks the creation of a civil, plural, and democratic Yemen.

Ansar Allah, while primarily Shia, includes many Sunnis as well, and this scares the leadership of Israel and Saudi Arabia. Sectionalism only hurts the anti-Zionist movement. Cooperation between Hezbollah and Hamas ensures that nowhere is out of reach for those who believe. Remember what the Holy Qu’ran says:

“Indeed, those who have divided their religion and become sects – you [O Muhammad], are not [associated] with them in anything. Their affair is only [left] to Allah; then He will inform them about what they used to do.” (Surah 6:159)

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