Press TV has conducted an interview with Mike Weber, the director of the Institute for Historical Review from California, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s fresh air strikes on several regions of Yemen as well as attacks by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists on several mosques which led to the deaths of over thirty people.
This is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: It seems that ISIL is growing in its strength somewhat in Yemen and the Saudi aggression on the country of course continues. Putting those two facts side by side how should we reflect on that?
Weber: Well, of course it shows that we are further away than ever at least for a long time to any kind of peaceful resolution to this conflict and Saudi Arabia’s intervention of course is going to make it worse. I think it worth remembering that here in the United States the Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the Yemen conflict has the support of much of the media and many of politicians who see this actually as a proxy war against Iran. This is closely tied up with the debate here in the United States about the US relationship with Iran and about Iran’s role in the western world. Iran is portrayed in the American media continually as aggressive, as dangerous and that is necessary for Saudi Arabia by extension by the United States to intervene to halt and to oppose what they call these proxies of Iran in Yemen, Lebanon and so forth.
In fact, the situation is exactly opposite of that. Iran’ foreign policy has been overwhelming defensive and not aggressive and Saudi Arabia and Israel have been acting as the United States proxies in the Middle East.
Press TV: How important or how significant would it be if Yemen war to be unstable specially because of its strategic location not only on the Saudi border but the Bab-el-Mandeb strait and etc?
Weber: Yemen has never been, except for brief periods, a stable society, anyone who looks at the history of Yemen knows that it is a dangerously fractured society probably the only long term solution is some sort of division of federated state and the worst thing the could happen and is happening right now is that foreign countries becoming involved and escalate the conflict to make it far worst for the people of Yemen and for the entire region and the world but that is unfortunately the situation because Yemen’s society is a very divided one.
By Press TV