The headline may be provocative to the extent of mockery. It should have originally be as; who protects the Yemeni people or who protects Yemen, so that the answer will be the Yemeni army.
Al-Qaeda killed on Monday May 7, 2012, dozens of soldiers from the Yemeni army in Zenjubar the capital of Abian, one dare say in cold blood, in retaliation for the killing of al-Qaeda leader Fahd al_óQuos' in an American drone strike in Shabwa Governorate.
The Yemeni soldiers lost their lives in al-Qaeda revenge from the Americans in the technique adopted by al-Qaeda and the Houthis in killing the Yemenis during their battles against (the arrogance of the international forces and the crusaders – Jewish alliance.
Before that al-Qaeda killed dozens in Abian, Marib, Lahj and Hadramout, leave alone the capture of 70 soldiers in the last battles around Loder before they were released a few days ago.
Al-Qaeda didn't kill the soldiers on Monday. Those who killed them are the ones who sent them there without being trained on gorilla war, while they are keeping the special forces and the terror fighting forces to face the unarmed protestors.
If one happens to travel on the long routes that connect the different governorates, he will find the soldiers in the center of the desert in living conditions that require, without exaggeration the intervention of the human rights organizations, who don't know that these soldiers remain for months without salaries.
A soldier may come out of his miserable cottage or barricade, that doesn't contain the least level of decent life to check the travelers' cars. I am sure that the soldiers in these routes suffer diseases not the most serious among them the starvation or the chronic malnutrition, while the military leaders in Sana'a, Aden and other cities live in unimaginable luxury conditions.
The hunger that the Yemeni soldier lives in at that vast wilderness makes him live without military faith. The cheating that had been practiced by some military and security leaders (according to western reports) made the soldier feels insecurity and to lose loyalty.
Why do untrained forces sent to fight al-Qaeda in Abian, while the forces on which millions of dollars are spent remain in their camps in Sana'a and around it. Al-Qaeda claims soldiers' lives and the leaders in Sana'a are disputing over the way of handing over the command of the Republican Guards to Tareq Mohammed al-Halili.
If such thing happened in a country that respects the military honor, the commander of brigade 115, the Defense Minister and may be the Prime Minister would have resigned.
I go over my essay all over again after writing it so as to clear it from excessive impressions and uncontrolled angry information, whether it is unusual that I am writing angrily today.
I want my words to remain angry, because what happened to the soldiers is a crime for which the Government and the Ministry of Defense are to be blamed, before the brigade's leadership, which in turn should have taken measures, because they know that al-Qaeda will retaliate for the killing one of a leaders in the importance of al-Quos'.
I know the difficult situations the country is undergoing and that the Defense Ministry is busy with tasks that one cannot belittle, however there is nothing that is more important than the life of the soldier in the battle field.
Besides the killing of the soldiers defames the reputation of the Yemeni army internally and abroad, where, internally al-Qaeda underrates the army and the outside world will fix in mind the stereotyped image of the army, which is torn out by divisions.
, and it is weakened by the political orientation of its military leadership. This encourages al-Qaeda elements from abroad to influx into the fragile country that is on the verge of failure.
It is known that the former regime has played with al-Qaeda issue, however one is sure that al-Qaeda is a reality today, and those who keep on mentioning the former regime's role in supporting al-Qaeda only want to evade their responsibility.
Why doesn't the Parliament question the government over al-Qaeda's operation on Monday. Why doesn't it put pressure on the Government and the Ministry of Defense to provide a definite strategy to deal with al-Qaeda in the country? And Why don't they reinvestigate the conditions of the escape of the leaders of al-Qaeda from the political security prison, as well as the investigation into allegations of the dealing of security and military officials with al-Qaeda?
If this is true, at least the names of the involved ones should be openly disclosed if it impossible to arrest them. If the issue turned out to be just allegations, the issue will be hushed up and the new government should deal with Al-Qaeda away from the intrigue theory, which finds wide acceptance among the Yemenis.
Why doesn't the Parliament investigate the drones that violate the Yemeni territory and kill dozens of soldiers who are put between the anvil of al-Qaeda and the hammer of these extra terrestrial American creatures, in addition to the negligence of some military leaders.
I would like to point out to my meeting with a gulf official who is interested in the Yemeni conflicts. He said a lot about, " the belief of the Yemeni brothers that we don't know that the Houthis and the outlaws obtain their weapons from the army stores." Is Sana'a aware that the others know?
It is a fact that the army is in need of being protected so as to play its role in protecting the country. Its protection will be by stopping trading in its wars,(as it happened in the war with the Houthis, ). A clear strategy should be established for dealing with al-Qaeda, stop frivoling with this serious issue, as well as mobilizing the popular support to the army. Priority should be given to the soldiers' safety over any other considerations and to negotiate with Ansar al-Sharia if possible.
It is not a secret that the political stagnation impacts the security situation of the country and that the armed groups take advantage of the disputes of the politicians in Sana'a, leading to more bloodshed, in a country that is saturated with blood, screams and torn-off limbs.