Asharq Al-awsat English https://aawsat.com/english Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper http://feedly.com/icon.svg

What If a Missile Targeted New York?

What If a Missile Targeted New York?

Sunday, 31 March, 2019 - 13:15
Salman Al-dossary
Salman Aldosary is the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper
Just hours ahead of US President Donald Trump’s arrival in Saudi Arabia on May 19, 2017, Houthi militias launched Volcano-2 (Borkan) ballistic missile on its capital, Riyadh.

“Ansar Allah Missile Attack on Riyadh. Next Target: Dubai,” Kayhan newspaper, which is closely associated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, commented back then.

In just four years, the number of rockets fired by Houthis against the Kingdom, since the beginning of military operations in Yemen, has amounted to more than 220 ballistic missiles while projectiles exceeded 70,000.

These large numbers have pushed the US Secretary of State to express his dismay at the repeated calls by the Congress to stop joint cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia, which leads a coalition against the coup in Yemen.

“The Kingdom has the right to defend itself and its people as we would have had if a rocket had landed in Denver, Los Angeles or New York,” he said during a hearing session in the House of Representatives, and his statement was logical enough not to be confronted or refuted.

The problem with some Western elites is that they do not feel the need for this war as long as they are not actually under the threat of these missiles.

What would your stance be if there are pads to launch ballistic missiles as well as hundreds of missiles with militias and terrorist regimes directly on your border?

Assuming that one of these missiles fall on a US city, we will find the Congress members themselves demanding that their government react more to that group to stop its threat against their cities.

However, this would only be done if the incident takes place in the United States. And as long as it is happening on Saudi borders, it doesn’t matter whether rockets are fired on its capital or cities, and it doesn’t matter if Houthi militias continue to breach international and humanitarian law or possess drones and use them in terrorist operations.

What matters is that some countries go with the flow without considering the dangers faced by others.

They act as if their people deserve to be defended by all means while it is acceptable to expropriate other countries’ airspace and airports, bomb their residential areas, and terrorize their citizens while their governments watch and deny their responsibilities only to respond to illogical calls and demands.

Many people and parties overlook the fact that when the “Decisive Storm” was launched four years ago, it was a necessity not an option. They ignore the fact that failing to create this coalition was a defeat rather than a solution.

Houthis launch Iranian missiles, and their pads monitor and destroy over the past years.

Can we imagine how the regional situation will be if they continue to import and store more weapons and missiles? How can the safety of hundreds of ships carrying 30 percent of international trade through Bab-el-Mandeb strait be guaranteed?!

Is it possible to imagine how the US interests will be affected if Iran is allowed to have a permanent base in the Arabian Peninsula?!

Finally, would anyone doubt that without the Decisive Storm in Yemen, Qassem Soleimani would have been ruling the country by now? Of course, everybody knows the answer but turns a blind eye.

The Kingdom didn't want war, but war was imposed on it. The Kingdom supports peaceful political solutions, the most recent of which is the Stockholm Agreement, which is not yet implemented although it has been signed for more than three months now.

Houthis have always signed agreements and breached them. They have signed more than 70 agreements since their coup of which they didn’t implement any, and all this is witnessed by the international community, and mainly the US Congress.

Had international efforts focused on implementing those agreements, there would have been no need for the continuation of this war in Yemen.

Whoever wants to bring peace should work on implementing agreements calling for it.

Other opinion articles

Editor Picks

Multimedia