Iraq's Maliki, Yemen's Saleh

تم نشره في Sun 8 November / Nov 2015. 09:27 AM

By Ayman Safadi

Nuri alMaliki was ousted as prime minister after political pressure crystallized over his corrupt exclusionary policies pushed Iraq to collapse. And Ali Abdullah Saleh left power over a framework agreement sponsored by the Arab Gulf states after the majority of Yemenis stood up against his oppression and the corruption of his administration.

Both men left power through compromises to political realism and carefully not throwing their two countries in the maze of vacuum, chaos, and conflict. Maliki took the Vice President position and has not been prosecuted, judicially or politically, for his actions. And Saleh remains head of his party and has been sheltered against prosecution, while his children and associates maintained military and senior executive positions within the state.

Neither of them, however, could live outside the influence of the authority that they had abused for years. Starting from premises driven by revenge and lack of acceptance of their loss of absolute power, each pushes, today, his country towards more fighting, destruction, and instability.

The rule of alMaliki of Iraq was supported by Iran, according to its expansionist agenda. I thought that this support will keep him the ruler of Iraq in its name. But his dreams were shattered when military leaders appointed by him in accordance with the standards of loyalty handed over Mosul to about 800 Daesh terrorist without a fight. At the time it sounded the alarm bells in Washington and regional capitals imposed his resignation in cooperation with Iraqi forces, and moved its support to his successor, Haider alAbadi, who started his reign with a reform plan to address what Maliki destroyed.

Today alMaliki works to undermine this reform plan. He is sourcing his party-members to disrupt the work of alAbadi. Iraq is facing the absurdity of terrorism and the pain of the citizens, while alMaliki is stoking conflict and fueling communal divisions.

As such is the alliance between Saleh and the Houthis and their patrons in Tehran, handing Sanaa to them to fulfill their revenge. In order to avoid a crisis with his supporters and the interest of Yemen and its security and the right of people in schools, hospitals, jobs, and safe life, the agreement that lead him out of power gave him the ingredients to live a rich, sheltered life, maintaining his social and political status.

But three decades in power and a decent living after were not enough for him. He is still eyeing absolute power. Pushing the Houthis and Yemen to civil war Iran want to spread its influence in the side of the Arabian Gulf, necessitating a new war in the region to protect the sovereignty of Yemen and the future of its people and the security of the Gulf.

Saleh knows he and his allies will not win in their absurd war, but he goes ahead with it without any regard for the cost to the people who accepted him as president for more than thirty years. Such as alMaliki, Saleh has become a tool in the hands of the Iranian regime that does not care about the number of Arabs who are dying or the Arab states that are disintegrating as a price for regional hegemony.

Three fierce wars raging in the Arab world. In Syria, Iraq and Yemen, there are two main factors, in addition to the internally accumulated political, social and cultural failures, and international power plays. The first is that Iran has contributed to the reasons these wars began and expanded. The second is that the Iranian regime was found among the leaders of these nations a servant: alAssad, alMaliki, and Saleh.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition