I said the “Yemen Crisis” would not long stay confined to Yemen. It will spread widely as the various proxy groups seek a decisive victory over their rivals. And so it has, as the various players up the ante. We are now seeing the first wave of a tsunami that will swamp the entire Middle East in fire and blood.

I will say it again: this is a RELIGIOUS WAR, OR JIHAD, BETWEEN SUNNI AND SHIA MUSLIMS. Since this is the case, we are no longer in the realm of rational thought or action. We are now in the realm of emotion, blood feud and the kind of violence only seen in wars based on the absolute belief of moral superiority. The bottom line is we are well beyond political, economic, or even military considerations. We are now in the realm of “kill everybody and let Allah sort it out.” We are now looking at a war involving GENOCIDE AND WAR CRIMES BETWEEN SUNNI AND SHIA MUSLIMS. If anybody is expecting an outbreak of sanity between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Egypt against Shia Iran, they are going to be stunned at the level of open barbarism unleashed. We haven’t seen the kind of casual brutality in the West since the savage religious wars in Europe several centuries ago. The Serbs and Kosovo are the most recent examples of the kind of scorched earth and bury the bodies in mass graves type of warfare now going on in Yemen and Iraq.

I will also remind you Iran has pulled out its combat troops from the Tikrit attacks in protest of US airstrikes against ISIS. I will further remind you all Iran has nearly 500,000, yes 500,000, well armed Shia militia in Iraq right now. If Iran pulls out of the attack on ISIS, which they have done, it will free them up for a direct attack on the Gulf States, like Kuwait, now bombing the Shia Houthi in Yemen. The only reason Iran won’t do this is if they get a free hand from Obama on their nuclear enrichment program. Obama is likely doing this to try and keep a lid on till he leaves office in 18 months or so.

I also said Saudi Arabia and Egypt would make good on their threat to seal off Yemen from Iranian resupply efforts. It didn’t take long for naval warships to be deployed off Yemen to do exactly that. Assuming Iran attempts to resupply by ship the Houthi, it will lead to a direct combat naval engagement in the Red Sea. After that, well that alone will trigger a much wider war than Yemen alone. In fact, I no longer see how a wider regional war can now be avoided. We have a coalition of ten Sunni nations attacking Shia Muslims in Yemen. And I am telling you all, Iran isn’t going to take it. I am not sure exactly how far Iran is going to go in its military response. I will merely add that the Houthi are now openly threatening suicide attacks inside Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Iran is also, in my opinion, going to go after the Sunni Gulf States anyway it can. The first link shows the call for Jihad I was talking about. Further, the Houthi are now starting to deploy combat forces on the Yemen/Saudi border. Saudi Arabia has already been massing troops on its border with Yemen for the last several days.

An Iranian parliamentarian told the semi­official Fars News Agency that the Houthis possess missiles capable of hitting up to 500 kilometers, or about 300 miles, inside Saudi Arabia. An unidentified official quoted by the agency said the Houthis were preparing to block access to the Bab al-Mandeb strait, which commands access to the Red Sea, through which the Egyptian warships are sailing.

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A picture taken on March 26, 2015 shows an Egyptian navy FFG-7 frigate passing through the Suez Canal on its way to the Red Sea. © AFP

A picture taken on March 26, 2015 shows an Egyptian navy FFG-7 frigate passing through the Suez Canal on its way to the Red Sea. © AFP

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have reportedly deployed warships to the strategic strait of Bab el-Mandab off Yemen’s coast in an apparent preparation for a ground intervention in the Arabian Peninsula.

A number of Egyptian and Saudi vessels have been sent to the strait, which is the only access to Egypt’s Suez Canal from the Arabian Sea, according to several unnamed Egyptian military officials cited in a report by The Associated Press on Friday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that the warships from the two countries were already at or near Bab el-Mandab. One official also said two destroyers and two other vessels had arrived at the strait.

This is while Riyad Yassin, who served as Yemen’s foreign minister in the cabinet of fugitive president, Abd Ruabbuh Mansur Hadi, told the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel that Egyptian naval forces are on their way to Bab el-Mandab.

According to Yassin, there was an “arrangement” for ground troops to be deployed to Yemen, which has witnessed deadly Saudi-led air raids against the Houthi Ansarullah movement since March 26.

Meanwhile, retired Yemeni army officer Nasser al-Marqashi stated that the airstrikes would continue for a week before a ground attack, which would likely be launched from Yemen’s seaport city of Aden or the country’s Hadramout Province, another pro-Hadi stronghold.

The Al Saud regime’s aerial campaign is aimed at restoring Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh and the West, to power. This is while the Houthis say he lost his legitimacy as president of Yemen after escaping the capital, Sana’a, to Aden on February 21.

A member of the Yemeni security forces sits above debris at the site of a Saudi air strike against Houthi fighters near the Sana’a Airport on March 26, 2015. © AFP

In January, the Yemeni president and the cabinet of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah stepped down and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by the Ansarullah movement. However, the parliament rejected the resignation.

Earlier this month, the fugitive president fled Aden to the Saudi capital after Ansarullah revolutionaries advanced on the southern Yemeni city, where he had sought to set up a rival power base.

The Ansarullah fighters took control of the capital in September 2014 and are currently moving southward. The revolutionaries said the Hadi government had been too weak to rein in the growing wave corruption and terrorism plaguing Yemen.

The Riyadh regime’s blatant invasion of Yemen’s sovereignty comes against a backdrop of total silence on the part of international bodies, especially the United Nations. The world body has so far failed to show any reaction to the Saudi violation of Yemen’s sovereignty.

Reports say at least 40 civilians have so far lost their lives in the Saudi-led aerial assaults against Yemen.

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