By: S. Nawabzadeh
In 1980 when President Ali Abdullah Saleh of what was then the ‘Yemen Arab Republic’ (informally ‘North Yemen’) severed diplomatic ties with Iran, citing support for Saddam of the repressive Ba’th minority regime of Baghdad, he was neither supporting any efforts at Arab unity nor was he apprehensive of Tehran’s thriving economic ties with his rivals in Aden, the capital of ‘People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen’ (informally ‘South Yemen’).
He was rather scared of the attraction of the predominantly Zaydi Muslims of the country he ruled for the magnetic personality of the Father of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Seyyed Rouhallah Khomeini al-Musavi (RA), since according to the Zaydi doctrine any virtuous descendant of Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA) – the Impeccable Daughter of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) – who rises against tyranny is the "Imam of the Age”.
A horrified Saddam had told an equally terrified Saleh of the necessity of war to overthrow or at least undermine the Islamic Republic, in order to crush the aspirations for revolutions on the Iranian model, of the "Ithna Ash’ari” (Twelver) Muslims of Iraq and the Zaydi Muslims of Yemen, whose success would sound the death knell for all the British-created non-entities in the region, especially Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
This was also sensed by the US and the illegal Zionist entity, but so strong was (and is) the satanic urge in these two powers, that they resorted and continue to resort, to every devilish design, despite their string of failures, to try to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran’s steadily growing influence in the region and beyond.
It was crystal, however, to that Sage of the Age, who in fact was a humble follower of the real and rightful Lord of the Age, Imam Mahdi (AS – may God hasten his reappearance for establishing the global government of peace, prosperity, and justice), that sooner or later, not just the people of Iraq, Yemen, Palestine and Lebanon, but all over the Muslim World, will sooner or later rise up to reassert their rights by throwing off the yoke of tyrannical regimes and the hegemony of Washington.
Right, however, cannot be suppressed for long by might. It is now history how Saddam having lost his 8-year war, met his ignominious end on the gallows after hiding in a foxhole, while the Iraqi people with the support of their Iranian brethren have become masters of their own destiny – offering in the process thousands of martyrs to the Islamic cause when confronted by the American occupation which was followed by the abortive bid of the macabrely murderous Takfiri terrorists to take over the country with Saud assistance.
If the Zionists have met more than their match in Lebanon and in Gaza, in Yemen also, the political landscape has positively changed with the popular Ansarallah Movement dedicating thousands of martyrs to blunt the US-backed Saudi-Emirati bombing and the bid to divide the country into South and North again (after the 1990 unification), while the traitorous Saleh lost his miserable life as he tried to flee to the enemies of his own homeland.
This reality was fully evident on Tuesday, August 13, in Tehran when the Spokesman of Yemen’s legal government, Mohammad Abdus-Salaam, while presenting the letter of the Leader of the Ansarallah Movement, Seyyed Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, did not mince words when he said on behalf of the indomitable mujahideen of his country:
"We consider your leadership to be the continuation of that of Prophet of Islam and of the Commander of the Faithful Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS). And we believe your stance is inspired by Imam Ali (AS) in support of the oppressed people of Yemen in accordance with Imam Khomeini, and is thus a source of blessing and very heartwarming.”
To the exasperation of the Americans, the British, the Zionists, the Saudis, and all other reactionary forces trying in vain to dent the invincibility of the Resistance Movement (as Saleh and Saddam roll in agony in their graves), Ayatollah Khamenei, confident of the victory of the Yemeni people, promised continued Iranian assistance to their just cause, and called on all Yemenis – whether Shi’a or Sunni – to knit ranks to rid their country of the aggressors, to resolve their differences through inter-Yemeni talks, and to preserve the unity of the historic land which was enlightened with Islam by the peaceful efforts of the Prophet’s Vicegerent, Imam Ali (AS).