The UN security council “demanded” the Houthis relinquish control of the Yemeni central government. Unfortunately, they don’t actually control the central government, they’ve merely made it impossible for it to work. In Yemen’s second biggest city, Aden, forces loyal to the former president attacked Houthi positions. Elsewhere, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have taken control of various places within Yemen. AQAP is generally recognized as the most powerful branch of al-Qaeda.
So here we have the Sunni government that’s worked very closely with the US, where they received a great deal of funding and operational support. We have AQAP, which as a part of the al-Qaeda network, it gets significant support from hardline Sunnis. Then we have the Houthi, an Iranian backed Shia group. And anyone wonders what’s wrong with Yemen.
Maybe if the world didn’t meddle so much, Yemen wouldn’t be so fucked up. The US part is dubious, at best, but it does have a secular goal. AQAP and the Houthi, however, are fighting sectarian struggles and were funded exactly to do that. Of course, secular meddling sucks, I’ll be the first to say it. The US really fucked up Central America and that’s just the tiniest tip of the iceberg. But intentionally stoking tensions between the disparate ethnic and religious groups? That’s low and that’s exactly what happened in Iraq. Recall the sectarian struggles between the Sunni and Shia. And who was involved? Al-Qaeda and Iran.
Iran is working for regional influence and it directly benefits them to cause human rights abuses on a mass scale. We should keep that in mind. We should remember that Assad’s regime still stands because of Iranian funding and direct military support. And what prevented the UN from acting? It was Russia’s veto, because Russia was having a grand old time selling Assad weapons to get t sweet Iranian cash. In fact, Russia and Iran and great allies. They’re like best buddies in the global atrocity game.