The Truth About ''America's Project'': The ''Triangle Of Conspirators'' Against Middle East Unity
28 April 2015
Eyad Abu Shakra
With every day that passes, Operation Decisive Storm proves just how
necessary, and hence, justifiable it is.
The conspirators inside Yemen have made huge investments over the past few
years in funding sectarian infrastructures, organizations, logistics, as well
as tribal and interest-based relations woven with ex-president Ali Abdullah
Saleh's ''family-run militia.'' The militia that has fought under his banner
defends his interests and the interests of those he chooses to befriend
today, only to turn on them tomorrow.
These investments have been huge and long term. The investors are now well
known and for a time this looked like nothing more than a small sectarian
insurgency limited to a remote mountainous area in northern Yemen. However,
today, its domestic, regional and international dimensions have become clear
for all to see.
The Houthi movement is nothing more than the tip of an iceberg. Indeed, it is
nothing more than the ''Yemeni part'' of a wider strategy of hegemony which
is now unearthing fairly ugly truths ranging from maneuvering and lobbying
within UN corridors to openly expressed international stances supportive of
the Houthis' Iranian incubator. However, as ugly as these truths may be, they
must be considered as positives in the final analysis. This is the exposure
of the insidious objectives of destroying the Arab world, partitioning it,
and placing these parts of the Arab Mashreq under various spheres of foreign
The fact that Operation Decisive Storm has revealed the truth about Iran's
strategy of hegemony has sparked a tirade of denunciation, fabrications and
threats through the regional propaganda machine created, oiled and ruthlessly
run by Tehran. But, with this in mind, it must be said that Iran has been
benefiting—for a long time—from the negativity, confusion and disorientation
of the Arab media.
They have not only benefited from the current dire standards in Arab media,
but also from Arab political divisions and disagreements. This has been
responsible for our failure to notice what has been taking place in the
region throughout the recent period. For a long time, Arab governments have
been preoccupied with exchanging niceties and expressions of ''brotherly''
support, while hiding their true feelings and papering over their real
differences. This situation was bound to prevent political, diplomatic,
media, and even military, long-term strategic planning. In fact, if the
Syrian debacle turned out to be a painful reminder of Arab hypocrisy in its
worst form, the Houthi–Saleh conspiracy has confirmed this fact and even
added other dimensions to it.
When over the past few days certain figures and ''puppets''—with Arabic names
and Iranian affinities—launched their tirade of denunciation and
fabrications, they resorted to their favorite tune of ''confronting Israel''
and accusing anyone who opposes Iranian regional hegemony of being a servant
of ''America's Project.'' However, the problem with this lot is two-fold:
firstly, they clearly do not respect the intelligence of their listeners;
and, secondly, they clearly have weak or selective memories.
Only a few hours separated Operation Decisive Storm from the tentative
US–Iran agreement in Lausanne on Tehran's nuclear program. This agreement is
regarded by President Barack Obama as his crowning achievement, and to gain
the trust of the Tehran leadership the US president has been willing to
confront the powerful Israeli lobby. Ironically, the ''Iranian–American
lobby''—which is nurtured by current Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad
Zarif—has been working overtime to reassure Israel's friends in America that
Iran poses and intends no threat to Israel, while the Arabs—namely the Gulf
Arabs—are the source of all evil and the sponsors of terrorism and extremism.
This has also been Tehran's message to the Obama administration, which
unfortunately has found plenty who accept and believe it. This can clearly be
seen in Washington's actions on the ground throughout the Arab Mashreq over
the last four years.
Through its strong support for the current Iraqi government, Washington is
today consolidating Iran's ''gains'' following the 2003 US-led invasion of
Iraq, which was planned and endorsed by the pro-Israel ''neocons'' during
George W. Bush's presidency. At the time, Tehran welcomed the
''Zionist–American'' action—as its henchmen in the camp of ''resistance'' and
''rejectionism'' would call it today. In Syria, however, neither Israel nor
America have been keen to get rid of the ''rejectionist'' Assad regime that
has displaced half its own population and killed hundreds of thousands of
Syrians after more than four years of massive popular uprising. Indeed, the
Assad regime and its backers continue to accuse its opponents of being agents
of Israel and America!
Even Russia, which is now looking like being the third side of the ''triangle
of conspirators'' against Middle East unity, stood by the Houthis and their
sponsors at the UN. Its position was strange, as it had justified using its
three vetoes in defense of Assad by claiming it was ''supporting an existing
government against an armed extremist and sectarian opposition.'' However,
what Russia did with regards to Yemen was just the opposite. How can it be
that what applies to Yemen does not apply to Syria? How can we understand
such attitudes, other than as being part of an international conspiracy to
abort any courageous and effective Arab and Islamic initiative aiming to put
an end to the ongoing tragedies and the region's sectarian tensions, and
prevent the redrawing of regional maps?
Arab political impotence needs no proof given the ongoing situation in Syria,
but we may also be facing Islamic impotence in Yemen, particularly if major
Muslim countries are bluffed by the lie of ''Islamic brotherhood'' as
promoted by Tehran, and ''diplomatic solutions'' as pursued by Washington.
The rulers of Iran have been successful in disabling the Arab intellectual
ability to analyze the situation, by raising the slogans of ''liberating
Palestine'' and ''death to Israel''; now it is the turn of Islamic countries
to be bluffed.
Today we must realize that the term ''resistance,'' when used by the ''Houthis
of the whole region''—from Yemen to Iraq and Lebanon—means nothing more than
''Iran's hegemony.'' As for ''rejectionism,'' it really means ''disabling
pan-Arab cooperation'' in order to facilitate this creeping hegemony.
Given all this, how can they still shout about ''America's Project?''
Eyad Abu Shakra is the managing editor of Asharq Al-Awsat. He has been
with the newspaper since 1978.