Finally, Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni dictator, fled to Saudi Arabia. But Saudi officials say: “He’s just landed. He’s here for medical treatment. We are the closest country and we have the capabilities.” Analysts believe it’s unlikely that he would be able to return to Yemen if he was forced to seek medical assistance abroad. Saleh’s regime has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of protesters and opponents and launching civil war in Yemen . After 33 years in power, Saleh fled to Saudi Arabia, that has long played the role of kingmaker for its much smaller, and infinitely poorer, neighbor. If Saudi Arabia had not oil, its conditions would be worse than Yemen, and the history tells the truth. In the past, when Saudi Arabs ate lizard and grasshopper, Yemenis were a little bit more civilized and did not eat only lizard and grasshopper, because they had access to sea. Of course, Yemen, occupying the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, almost is a desert, like the great desert of Saudi Arabia. Tall mountains divide Yemens coastal stretches from a desolate desert interior. Yemen is sparsely populated -half of the country is uninhabitable -and its Arab people are largely rural. There are no permanent rivers in the country, and little natural vegetation besides scrub brush.
Sanaa, located in the northern highlands, is Yemens political capital and largest city; its population is near 2 million. Nearly all Yemenis speak Arabic. A long-standing division remains between Yemens two principal Islamic groups, the Zaydi Shia Muslims and the Shafii Sunni Muslims. Yemen has many serious problems. In 2002 – 2003 only 68 percent of Yemens primary school-age girls attended school , compared to 98 percent of primary school-age boys. Just 35 percent of Yemens adult female population is literate, while 70 percent of adult men are literate Yemens relative isolation and traditionally weak economy have produced a number of long-standing social problems. Because education was until recently unavailable to the majority of Yemenis, the country has traditionally had one of the lowest literacy rates in Asia. This is particularly true for women in Yemen, who have not generally been encouraged to seek schooling . In addition, health care in Yemen is notoriously underdeveloped. Polluted drinking water, inadequate vaccination, and a shortage of medical personnel and facilities have contributed to the quick spread of numerous diseases among Yemenis. Yemen’s GDP was $13 billion (2004) and GDP per capita was $630 (2004) ! The most distinctive and important Yemeni social institution is the khat session, a relaxed but ritualized afternoon gathering at which men and women socialize separately and chew the mildly narcotic leaves of the khat (qat) plant !. Most men and many women chew khat at least twice a week !!
Yemen is a copy of Saudi Arabia, but without oil. In fact, Oil was discovered in Yemen relatively recently, in the 1980s and 1990s. Yemens oil production grew from 70 million barrels per year in 1990 to 160 million barrels per year in 2004 (Saudi oil production was near 3,500 million barrels!). Yemen also experienced a lot of tensions and civil wars since 1970s to the late of 1990s. Clashes between northern and southern forces in 1994, exploded into full-scale civil war. Unfortunately, the majority of Yemenis are as fanatic as the majority of Saudis. The majority of Yemenis are Muslim fanatics and stupid Islamists. Hijab or Islamic veil in Yemen is almost like Saudi Arabia, and the most open-minded Yemeni women have the same Hijab as the stupid Islamist women in Iran . This Yemeni woman blog, can show us the situation of Yemeni society . In fact, if you can read between her lines, and when you see her pictures, you can say that Yemen, in the best case, is like Iran of 1970s or 1980s. The Yemeni society still is a tribal society, like Iran in 19th century. For many Yemenis tribal identity is of primary importance . When the tribal culture mixes with the Islamists’ ideas, it can create a real nightmare. Some Analysts say that the Hashid tribe, which fought fiercely with government security forces in the past week and was instrumental in driving Saleh out of the country, could be instrumental in endorsing Yemen’s next leader. Now Yemenis should decide about their future, but there is a faint hope to their future.
We could not find any real intellects’ Yemeni website. Those Yemeni people that are called intellects are the stupid Islamists, and in the best case, they are like the stupid Islamist-Reformists in Iran. But the annoying question is that why the reactionary and tribal society of Yemen and many other stupid Arab states of ME, can be a member of International society; they can get visa very easily, can go wherever they want without any serious problem, but the modern Iranians have not the same opportunity, only because of the Mullahs who are the enemy of Iranians, but the friend of the West. It’s really annoying. Iranians have a funny modern saying that says: “Gav dar barabaresh Einshteine” that means “compared to him, cow seems like Albert Einstein !”. In fact, compared to many Arabs (Yemenis, Saudis, etc), cows seem like Albert Einstein ! But they are member of the international community, but Iranians are not. It’s so shameful and ridiculous. The West and the Mullahs are the main responsible of this comic-tragic situation. Bin Laden’s group and other Islamist terrorist are Arabs, but somewhere like UAE or Qatar, i.e. the tiny f-u-c-k-ing deserts, and their reactionary people should enjoy of being a full member of International community.
Now Saudi Arabia has become a Mecca for despots and dictators who’ve passed their sell-by date. But the funny question is that “When the Saudi dictator wants to flee, maybe in the next decades, where could he go ?!” Maybe to the hell, maybe to the US ! who knows.