American Herald Tribune | MARWA OSMAN: Yemen took front pages and headlines around the world this week not because of the genocide that has been taking place for the past two and a half years, or the famine, or the rising number of deaths as a result of the outbreak of Cholera and Diphtheria due to the continuous Saudi blockade on the country, but because an old page in Yemen’s history has been folded for good. The “historic” Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh ended up drowning in his blood after fleeing the failure of his coup against his own allies Ansarullah.
Ali Abdullah Saleh dominated the political life of his country for close to four decades. He was president for 33 years and survived the 2011 upheavals that rocked the Arab world, stepping down after political negotiations while tyrants elsewhere were cast out or killed. He later reemerged, allying himself to a resistance that ousted the weak Saudi-backed government that had replaced him, and became a key player in the Saudi relentless war that has ravaged Yemen for almost the past three years.
Many questions and scenarios surfaced after the killing of a “man of all phases”, ranging from partisan and tribal reactions to the political and military situation, to the reading of Riyadh and Abu Dhabi for the loss of a new “proxy” battle with Ansarullah.
Yesterday, the once man of all trades emerged from the political arena, which he had memorized its corridors and moved from one level to another in a sneaky way, he emerged as a blood-stained body mounted on a blanket.
It was “The End”, declared the leader of Ansarullah Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, a blow to “the forces of aggression and the Al Saud regime, and the US and Britain behind them”, while he addressed the Yemenis yesterday making it clear to the Saudis and their allies that their “aggression is a failure” and that “it won’t get them anywhere” in Yemen.