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The Yemeni government last week officially demanded that Tehran provide an explanation for an arms shipment seized from a ship, ‘Jehan’, last month in Yemen’s territorial waters. This is not the first time a finger of accusation has been pointed at Iran for its involvement in attempts to destabilise the security and stability of Yemen since the outbreak of the Arab Spring.
Last year, President Abd-Rabbuh Mansur demanded that the Iranian government stop interfering in his country’s internal affairs, warning that it would pay the price if it kept interfering. The United States of America has also confirmed that Iran supports the Houthis, Shia rebel groups based in the northern province of Sa’ada in Yemen, and the southern secessionist movement. The US claims that Iran supports these groups in a bid to assert its own influence over countries of the Arabian Peninsula.
Undoubtedly, Iran sees in Yemen a perfect base for it to realise its aspirations in the Middle East, because of its strategic location under the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Iran’s biggest rival in the Gulf region, and it being one of the controllers of the main shipping lanes in the Red Sea. Iran is striving to strengthen its influence in the Middle East and Africa, aiming to export its Islamic revolution to the rest of the world.
In the wake of the Arab Spring, which has created new alignments at the expense of the traditional powers, the whole region has been transformed into an arena for some regional and international powers. After Sunni Islamists took power in Arab Spring countries, Iran has been trying to intervene in support of the opponents of these regimes, or to extend its influence over Lebanon, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen and Syria.
King Abdullah of Jordan, in an interview with Washington Post, accused Iran of interfering in Iraq’s affairs in order to form a Shia crescent, including Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, to affect the stability of the Gulf Arab states.
And maybe there is a plan to reshape the Middle East according to a religious template under the flags of Sunnis, Shias and the Star of David in Palestine. This will put the region in political hot water, where it will constantly witness religious conflicts. This will serve the interests of the Jewish state.
Religious ideology which started long ago in many countries through the Internet, media, universities, institutions, organisations and political parties, is seeking to help political parties these days under the cover of nationalism to remain in power. This is exactly what American author and thinker Nicholas Wade has mentioned in his book, The Faith Instinct.