For Yemen: Suffering Is The Rule, Not The Exception
Hassan Al-Haifi (email@example.com)
This War on Sa’ada has clearly shown that a war by contract is the only offer of hope our leaders can deliver to their subjects, when everything else that the people have to contend with is already taken them to the bottom of the abyss. How much sufferings can one stand? Those were the words of an old man finding it difficult to cross the street, because the people who designed the “60 Meter Road” that almost circles the Capital City of Sana’a never thought that pedestrians should also be able to cross that road with ease and SAFETY. Safety has been a forgotten element in everything that the Government does, because a Government that contracts a war on its people could never find cause or profit in allowing the citizens of this country to enjoy any semblance of peace and quiet. This war in Sa’ada has been going on for five years now and the Government wants to turn it into a permanent element of life, even if it means that there will be thousands who will not sleep because those Mig-29s make so much noise as they are going to wherever they are to deliver their payload of all kinds of incendiary ordnances. Their intended or unintended target: a poor child barely of walking age left alone in some makeshift tent from all the rags and pieces of cloth his mother and sister were able to scrounge in the debris that their house has turned into some five miles away. Little did this mother know: why do these ugly looking metal birds love to kill children? In the Sa’ada War, the Government finds it more useful to kill children rather than build schools for them. Never mind that Yemen already has the highest illiteracy rate this side of the Red Sea, for the simple reason that all the resources of the land go to weapons manufacturers far away, who never give a damn where you drop the ordnances you buy from them land, as long as Yemen’s dwindling reserves of foreign currency lands in their pockets.. The countries where these arms manufacturers are located are seeking to come out of a severe economic crisis, as they are trying to shift from a Communist regime to a capitalist regime, so their people can live like the people in California. They do not know that now even capitalists can taste bankruptcy and see their forests burn helplessly, without a clue as to how to keep those scorching fires out of the plush residential areas of movies stars and wine distillers.
The observer felt sorry for the old man and took his right hand and inch by inch helped the old man cross the eight lane wide road.
At the end of the crossing, I asked the man where he came from. He said he came from Sa’ada to see his daughter. He married her to a son of a retired driver from the Army. The driver’s family is a good family, but simply could not find ways to make it in the dog eat dog world that Yemen has become as the weak and the discontent simply take a back seat while the scavengers and parasites of the society gobble up everything and marry their children off in big extravaganzas that would make Haroun Al-Rashid turn in his grave at all the waste and unnecessary flair that weddings have become in Yemen. The people of Sa’ada do not understand these sickening signs of modern times or what they call “progress and development”. The people of Sa’ada this man tells me marry their daughters of for just YR 9,000, whereas the dowries in Sana’a are for the luckiest going for YR 1,000,000. The people of Sa’ada find such exaggerations unhealthy and unforgivable with the Lord. The people of Sa’ada still believe that God’s ordinances should be the prevailing guide to social cohesion and governance. They see that the people of Sana’a have forgotten that God will take them to account for killing so many children for no apparent reason except to fulfill the agenda of some regional power players, who think their money, can buy off whole governments to do their dirty work for them. It is hard to believe that the people of Sa’ada should be a cause of worry for oil rich neighbors, who continuously try to tell the world that the Shiite menace is worse than the Zionist menace, while professing to be the Custodians of the Two Holy Mosques! What has the Moslem World coma to when killing fellow Moslems is actually seen as Jihad for the cause of Allah? Surely this would not be in keeping with the stipulations of the Quran, which taught Moslems that killing a human being – any human being – is like killing all of humanity! Any human being here means just that – any human beings: Christians, Moslems, Jews and even pagans, if they have not transgressed on your rights or brought war to your turf. Yet our Arab leaders find it more fulfilling to kill fellow Moslems by the scores, by tendering out ugly death contracts financed by petrodollars, which could have been used to eliminate poverty throughout the Moslem World. Yes, contractors of death are now to be found everywhere in the Moslem World. Even governments have turned into this disgustingly lucrative trade of bloodshed for bloodshed’s sake and nothing else. What morons find this kind of business sound economic thinking that the entire kind and innocent population of Sa’ada should be obliterated for the simple reason that they insist on praying with their hands on the sides rather than in self embracing hug that never seems to find a place in the chest to place their hands. What difference does it make anyway? If the people of Sa’ada find it more God pleasing to wed off their daughters to poor young men whose fortunes did not collide with the rich contractors of death that have taken over the higher echelons of society.
When the mother returned to the makeshift tent, all she could find was the right hand of her son still intact. The rest of the body has been fragmentized to little pieces that now could easily fit into a table spoon.
The mother just stared into the sky and cried: “this simply cannot be agreeable to You Al-Mighty. Please, Lord. End this mad carnage and do something for Your believers in Sa’ada. The hypocrites of the Earth have had enough of the world to themselves now and let your faith shine again as it shone once to be the only glimmer of hope for all Mankind". Where was she to go? She already lost her father. She has lost her son. She took her daughter’s hand and her face, already half-smeared with her young son’s blood, returned that stubborn tight jaw that reflects that natural instinct of real true believers in the Al-Mighty: "Life must go on and God will in the end have it His way, no matter what these murderers blindly think".