Friday, April 29, 2011

An analyst believes that by giving Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh 30 days to leave office, the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council has given him license to escape prosecution.

Yemeni freelance journalist Munir al-Mawari said in an interview Saleh is desperate to find a scapegoat for his crimes as looks to find refuge from the tactics employed by Saudi Arabia. Q: I'd like to ask you about this plan which has come under threat by the opposition and even by President Saleh who said if any Qatar representatives were to attend the signing that he would not sign this document. Was this power transfer plan doomed from the day it was announced? Al-Mawari: I agree that Saleh tries to buy time and create problems before solving the problem. 

I think the (P)GCC countries made a big mistake in giving him 30 days in advance to commit a crime and then become immune from prosecution. He will do his best to make this initiative fail. The only way for Saleh to test his credibility, the (P)GCC should tell him to do this now or tomorrow. If they give him one week or 30 days he will come up with a thousand reasons to make an excuse for not doing it. He will never resign under this initiative. He will do whatever to engage this country in a civil war, to have a situation with statelessness, so no one can go after him or his assets. He knows how many crimes he has been committing during the last 33 years. 

  Q: The Ambassador mentioned the United States and its role in all of this, and the fact that it is silent. It's being said that for many Yemenis the US military assistance has become synonymous with the lack of political freedom considering Saleh's regime realized that if they kept speaking about al-Qaeda the US would give them more aid and, essentially, they'd become more wealthier. Do you feel that the US, now that it has stayed longer itself in the Arabian Peninsula, will be willing to side with the protesters? Al-Mawari: Well, it has already changed its positions and stopped military aid for Saleh in February. They announced that publically. The US is a super power that cares about its interests. They're not going to side with Saleh as an individual against its own interests. It's not about principles or ethics, it's about strategic interests. 

That's why the United States is pushing hard to convince Saleh to step down. This guy is a snake and knows how to dance among the head of the snakes. He used to do that on the domestic level but now he is doing that on the regional and international level by using Saudi Arabia against Doha (Qatar), mentioning Qatar against Saudi Arabia, and giving an excuse to use Russia and China against the United States. He is playing among hard and big snakes and that's why I expect that he is going to lose very soon because no one is willing to risk their interests for Saleh.

[HERE IS WHO ELSE TRIED TO GIVE HIMA LICENSE...Yemen killings continue after EU endorsement Fifteen more people have been killed in Yemen hours after the EU endorsed a plan which offers immunity from prosecution to President Ali Abdallah Saleh.

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