Phenomenon that needs study: Houthi quick brainwashing of UN officials

Phenomenon that needs study: Houthi quick brainwashing of UN officials

Yaser Ahmed, a 27-year-old English teacher in the government-held southwestern city of Taiz, says he is "surprised that the UN peace mediator Martin Griffiths traveled last week to Marib, the government's stronghold in the east and a last resort of refugees there, and implied that only the guns of the government army need 'to stop'– an army collapsing at fast pace and leaving behind civilian population unprotected  against the Shiit version of ISIL.

"You remember Jamal bin Omar, the ex-UN peace mediator. He engaged the Shia extremist religious organization into the National Dialogue of 2013-2014 despite their hold on to heavy arms and their rejection of the GCC-brokered Agreement and UN resolutions, Ahmed recalls.

"He traveled to the Houthi leader 's stronghold in the northern enclave of Saada, and the militants marched to the capital Sana'a.  When they (Houthis) seized the capital in 2014, he pressured for the distribution of power to be based on who has the strongest armed control on the ground," he says.     

The current mediator Martin Griffiths who visited the government stronghold of Marib for the first time since his appointment to Yemen in 16 February 2018 said in a press conference during his one-day visit: "We will either silence the guns and resume the political process, or we will slip back into large-scale conflict and suffering that you have already seen here in Marib.”

His visit was only days after 25 thousand refugee families in the northern city of Al-Hazm fled to Marib as a last possible haven for refuge after the Houthi militants captured the city. "Griffiths never warned the Houthis when they were attacking Al-Hazm nor when they were attacking Nehm areas, earlier," says Ahmed. "Nor did he condemn the Houthi immediate execution of and disappearance of civilians who were not fortunate to escape al-Hazm on time.

"He, however, came to Marib to make this implicit threat against considering resisting the Houthis who are already encircling Marib and preparing to make a final strike to the government – a checkmate," he says.

"It seems Houthis cast spells on UN officials to make them loyalists," says Ahmed as he gives his explanation of Griffiths' pro-Houthi bias, jokingly and to his best ability.

Nabil Adel, a social media activist, says "the consistent bias of UN officials in Yemen in favor of Houthis is shocking."

"I am talking about all UN officials at all times."

He details


"The UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen consistently decries any Arab Coalition air strike whether it hits military target or civilians or empty places. It condemned an airstrike that killed 20 Houthi intelligence officials in Aljawf on 16 February echoing Houthi claim it was an attack against civilians.

Days later the Houthis overran Aljawf, forced tens of thousands of refugees to flee again and executed and rounded up to jails hundreds of others who were not fortunate to flee on time. There was no outcry from the UN senior most official!"

The Head of the United Nations Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) and Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Abhijit Guha was alarmed early this month by the Arab Coalition's 'aerial strike' against a Houthi workshop of explosive boats in the port city early this month but never by the threat these boats pose to oil tankers in the Red Sea. Nor was he alarmed by the Houthi indiscriminate shelling into the densely populated and besieged provincial capital.

The UN's Guha stressed that such aerial strikes 'hamper the peace process and jeopardize the implementation of the Hodeidah Agreement,' an agreement that Houthis, like hundreds of agreements, Houthis signed and never honored.    

I don't know why it seems like almost all UN officials at all times are biased in Houthis favor? Is it because these officials spend too much time in Houthi-controlled territories and rarely make brief visits to government's side? The government's remaining key strongholds are Taiz in the west and Marib in the east. Both are besieged by the Shia extremists, with Taiz suffering the most strangling and longest (six year) siege. Griffiths made this single hours long visit to Marib but has never made one to Taiz. Despite its several appeals over the years, the government also failed to convince UN offices to move from Houthi-held capital to the government's interim seat- Aden.

Throughout this war the UN offices and officials have been stuck in Sana'a and firmly taking the side of the Houthis in momentary and long term attitudes.

It seems that Houthis, with regards to the UN officials, have the facility that religious (theocratic) organizations have over children – the ability to entrench beliefs quickly and firmly into their minds and turn them to unquestioning adherents." 


Sadeq Sayf a freelance journalist cites "the UN's ignorance of the Houthi  strangling siege on Taiz for six years, while making a lot of fuss about the Arab Coalitions closure of the Sana'a Airport which Houthis want to use to smuggle in arms and Shia military experts." "I don't know why they can recruit and brainwash UN officials to become such devoted loyalists in just the same way as they radicalize children to become fearless holy warriors in their ranks?! It is a phenomenon that needs to be studied."

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