The month of March will mark six years of the brutal Saudi-led war on Yemen. Far from achieving any of its objectives, the Saudis and their allies have been given a bloody nose. The US as principal backer of Saudi Arabia has realized the futility of the war and wants to end it.
With Donald Trump’s departure from the White House, Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) faces an acute dilemma. Joe Biden is far less tolerant of MbS’ criminal conduct. Besides, the US deep state would like Mohammad bin Nayef in power.
The Saudi economy is tanking, unemployment is high and the pandemic has made matters worse. Coupled with crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s arrogance and incompetence, the kingdom is heading for disaster.
Few would have imagined that Yemen’s revolutionary forces would be able to withstand the combined onslaught of several aggressive powers yet nearly six years into the war, they are winning. We look at the latest developments.
Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman is a worried man. He had assumed Donald Trump would remain president for four more years but his hopes have been dashed. While president-elect Joe Biden may not abandon Saudi Arabia entirely, MbS will no longer get a free pass.
Mohammad bin Salman has not only messed up the kingdom’s economy and politics, he is also a lowly character indulging in grossly immoral conduct. If the law were equally applied, he would not only lose both his hands for stealing, he would also be stoned to death.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has created many enemies, both at home and abroad. He may be able—just barely—to deal with internal foes but his external enemies are powerful players. One of them is the US intelligence establishment. Is MbS toast?
The Bani Saud have used their occupation of the noble sanctuaries of Makkah and al-Madinah as legitimizing factors for leadership of the Muslim world. Turkey has now emerged to challenge this claim, with some justification
Hajj has been suspended for most but a handful of Muslims this year. Those that were unable to perform Hajj have not missed much since the Bani Saud have turned this divinely prescribed obligation into an empty ritual devoid of all meaning
The Saudi regime will allow about 1000 people from the kingdom to perform Hajj this year but not Muslims from outside because of the pandemic. Muslims must work to end Bani Saud’s illegal occupation of Makkah and Madinah and challenge their distortion of Hajj rites to please their mushrik masters.
It is difficult to sympathize with Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) whose erratic policies have brought the medieval kingdom to the brink of collapse. Will a combination of the pandemic, low oil prices and MbS’ idiotic policies banish the Bani Saud?
Can anyone escape death? The Bani Saud ruling clan thinks it can, by hiding on remote islands to avoid infection by the coronavirus. But what if their time is up; will they be able to escape death?
With the arrest of several senior ‘royals’ and scores of security personnel, crown prince Muhammad bin Salman’s panic is evident. Rumours have it that he wants to become king before the G-20 summit next November regardless of whether his father is alive or dead.
Pakistan’s kow-towing to the Saudis is becoming increasingly untenable. The Saudis have just stabbed Pakistan in the back over Kashmir, that is the most important issue for Pakistan, in fact for its very survival. It is time for Islamabad to rethink its policy vis-à-vis the Saudis.
March 26, 2020 will mark five years since Saudi Arabia’s murderous war on dirt-poor Yemen. The aggressors have got nowhere despite killing more than 100,000 people and causing mass starvation. Instead, the Yemeni defenders have inflicted massive blows on the aggressors.
Yemen’s Ansarallah revolutionaries have given the Saudis a bloody nose and forced them to seek a negotiated settlement. Saudi failure in Yemen may result in Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman losing his position, and perhaps even his head!
With massive help from friends and allies like Islamic Iran, Hizbullah and Russia, the Syrian government has been able to defeat the regime-change conspiracy of US, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The Najdi Bedouins take great offence if Muslims celebrate the birthday of the noble Messenger (pbuh) yet they have no problem celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali and the pagan festival of Halloween in the medieval kingdom.