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Saudi war on Yemen: Are the chickens coming home to roost?

Crescent International

Drive-by shootings have increased in Riyadh and other parts of the medieval kingdom that uses the erroneous title, Saudi Arabia. The shootings appear to be related to the Saudi attack on Yemen that is illegal under International Law. Saudi rulers may be charged with war crimes. The war may also short-circuit the tortuous existence of the archaic family-ruled kingdom.

Wednesday April 8, 2015, 10:27 DST

If the Bani Saud hordes thought they could attack and kill people in another country—Yemen—and there will be no blowback, they must either be living on another planet or absolutely dunces. Either way, they are beginning to get a taste of their own medicine, even if in minuscule doses for now, by attacking dirt-poor Yemen.

Two Saudi policemen were killed today in what was described as drive-by shooting in Riyadh, the Saudi capital. The dead policemen were identified as Thamer Amran al-Mutairi and Abdulmohsen Khalaf al-Mutairi. Today’s shooting follows a similar attack on April 6 when a police corporal Majed bin Turki Al-Qahtani was killed during crackdown in the town of Awamiya in the Qatif region. Three other officers and two civilians were wounded when the police launched a violent crack down on dissent in the kingdom’s restive Eastern Province, a predominantly Shia-populated region.

Today’s shootings are not the first in the capital, indicating growing opposition to and resentment of the regime. In late March, two police officers were shot and injured in a similar drive-by shooting in Riyadh. There appear to be two separate but simultaneous developments taking place. One is the regime’s ongoing crack down on any form of demands for reforms that were declared acts of terror—no less—by the now dead King Abdullah. That decree was signed in late December 2013. It also made exposure of corruption in the kingdom a crime. Similarly, withdrawing bay’ah (allegiance) from the king was considered a crime and punishable by three to ten years in prison.

At least 40,000 people languish in prisons because of the regime’s brutal crack down on any form of dissent whether for their rights generally or by the Shia population in the Eastern province. The current spate of violence in the kingdom seems to be related to the Saudi attack on Yemen. It may constitute a war crime since there is no UN or any other kind of mandate for the war. While the Saudi regime has killed nearly 550 people in Yemen, all of them civilians by its massive bombing campaign, this was bound to evoke reaction from the millions of Yemenis working in the kingdom.

There have been skirmishes on the Saudi-Yemeni border between the Saudi aggressors and Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters. On April 3, two Saudi soldiers were killed in a firefight between Saudi attacking forces and Yemen's Ansarullah defenders. A day earlier (April 2), a soldier of the Saudi aggressor army was killed and 10 others were wounded in a similar exchange of fire across the Yemeni border. The Saudi regime that comprises the Bedouins of Najd, launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26.

The Najdi Bedouins are ill-mannered brutes that have no regard for human life. They have conflated their coarse Bedouin traditions with Islam’s principles and impose them by force. Their attack on Yemen may cost them dearly, including their hold on power that has lasted for nearly 90 years—far too long for an archaic kingdom.

Its end may be near, insha’Allah.


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