"United Yemen not in Western interest" / "Ein vereinigter Jemen liegt nicht im Interesse des Westens"
Interview with Nada Hashwi, Political analyst from Beirut *
Der iranische TV-Sender Press TV interviewte vor kurzem einen politischen Analysten in Beirut, Nada Hashwi, über die Lage im Jemen und die US-amerikanischen Interessen in der Region. Herumgesprochen hatte sich bereits hier zu Lande, dass das jemenitische Regime von Ali Abdullah Saleh mit Giftgas-Munition aus den USA ausgerüstet wurde. Bei den jüngsten Protesten in der jemenitischen Hauptstadt Sanaa machten die Sicherheitskräfte davon reichlich Gebrauch. Am Sonntag, den 13. März, starben mehrere Demonstranten, als Polizei von den Dächern umliegender Häuser in die Menge schoss. Zu Toten und Verletzten kam es auch bei Demonstrationen in Mukalla und Aden.
In dem im Folgenden dokumentierten Interview behauptet Nada Hashwi, dass es den USA im Jemen mitnichten um Demokratie gehe; auch die Wirtschaft des Landes interessiere nicht sonderlich. Interessant sei das Land einzig und allein aus geostrategischen Gründen: Jemen befindet sich am Golf von Aden, kann also den Schiffsverkehr vom Suez-Kanal durch das Rote Meer bis zum Arabischen Meer überwachen. Der Gedanke einer Teilung des Landes entspüpräche durchaus westlicher Logik - ähnliches sei im Übrigen auch in Libyen vorstellbar.
Interview with Nada Hashwi
The US has provided Yemeni police with gas canisters which have been used against anti-government protesters in the capital Sana'a. Meanwhile, the US ambassador to Yemen has called for opening dialogue between the government of Ali Abdullah Saleh and the opposition.
Press TV has interviewed political analyst Nada Hashwi to discuss the issue further more.
PressTV: What is the use of poisonous gas on the protesters? The US ambassador in Yemen has called for dialogue between the government of President Ali Abudllah Saleh and the opposition. What is your take on the situation in Yemen?
Hashwi: This is a dramatic chain of events we are seeing in Yemen today and let's not forget about what you just mentioned about the use of poisonous tear gas. I see Israel's hand in it a hundred percent. Now what is happening that they are calling for dialogue, what kind of dialogue are we talking about? Let me remind you of what happened in Egypt a few days before the revolution that brought Hosni Mubarak down, we saw the same thing calling for dialogue and saying that Mubarak's regime that was a very powerful regime is going to last. But a couple of days later we saw that Mubarak went down. Now the same thing is going on in Yemen but the situation is very similar to Libya. Now what is going on is very very dangerous, especially in Yemen.
Yemen has very little to offer economically for the US and the Western world, but it's strategic location is very important to the West, specially because Yemen overlooks the Gulf of Aden and it connects the Black Sea to the Arabian Sea. So this is another regime that is not in the West's interest to lose. So again we hear that they say let's have dialogue. This is not going to work.
Let's not forget that Ali Abdullah Saleh has not only the US to support him and let's not forget about Saudi Arabia as well, because what Yemen has on the border with Saudi Arabia is al-Houthis and let's not forget what happened earlier this year when Saudi Arabia put a quit bit of strength just to help Yemen to fight the Houthi fighters. So we are looking into a very geo-strategic area and let's not forget al-Qaeda as well. Now the major question here is that what is more essential to American security today? Is it the convenient basis for its ships, planes, troops across the Middle East or for transition to democracy in the region?
That's a major question that we have to ask ourselves and definitely the answers are not democracy. There is definitely something happening. Especially the US is going crazy to figure out what it's going to do next. Because everything is happening so fast that they do not know what to do. So basically all what they can ask for is dialogue which is not going to happen, because the people in Yemen want Saleh to go down, but he is refusing.
So what are we going to see? Are we going to see what ended up in Libya? I don't doubt it at all because let's not forget that Yemen has tribes as well. So you see it is very scary. The idea here is scaring me the most, look what happened to Sudan. It got separated and there are two Sudans. What are we going to have? Two Libyas, to Yemens or we are going to have two of each country? You know what that would serve the West is very better than having a united country. So the question here is that is it the easier way to handle the situation or what is going to happen?
Let's not talk about the Arab League. How many hours do they want to hold meetings, they are not going to come up with anything, because they just talk and write things on the papers and nothing will happen.
PressTV: I want you to put that on perspective talking about a government that just uses poisonous tear gas on its people and on the other hand the US ambassador calls on it to negotiate. Isn't the timing of the comment odd? What's your comment on that?
Hashwi: Do you think the United States is after democracy in this region? What kind of dialogue are they going to have after the president? I don't know how many people have been killed [by the gas], but they will definitely be effected by this poisonous tear gas, so this is just another way of them covering it up and this is another way of them saying yeah we can lead this Abdullah Saleh go down. They really need him because he is another ally for the Western countries. It is kind of funny. What kind of dialogue is it going to be between somebody who is killing its own people and people that want democracy. This is ridiculous.
PressTV: The American ambassador to Yemen has said he wished that the opposition would accept President Abdulalh Saleh's offer that he would give up power in 2013. What is your take on that suggestion?
Hashwi: When you see someone like him who didn't move for many years until the protesters came out to say we can't stand this kind of life anymore, I think it is not enough just to open up a dialogue and to say ok I'm not going to stay there for life and I will go down in 2013. There is no trust in these dictators anymore.
This is just another way of transforming things to their own benefits. They want to just take time through them and to have some more tactics on how to oppress their people. So I'm with this revolution a hundred percent.
* Press TV, Sun Mar 13, 2011; www.presstv.ir
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