Tasnim News Agency – An American political analyst deplored the United Nations’ inaction on the “barbaric behavior” and war crimes committed by the Saudi regime in Yemen and said the UN has always been a rubber stamp for US-Israeli schemes.
“…We need to remember that the UN is and always has been a rubber stamp for Western, American, and Zionist schemes and barbarism,” Mark Glenn, from Idaho, said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency.
“Anyone hoping to utilize the UN in bringing about any kind of political solution to Saudi butchery will not do it until the last Yemeni is murdered, at which point the UN will offer only some mealy-mouthed resolution embedding its regret,” he said.
Glenn is a writer and co-founder of the Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement, an interfaith forum dedicated to uniting Muslims and Christians against Zionists. He has his own blog The Ugly Truth.
The following is the full text of the interview:
Tasnim: As you know, Monday marked the anniversary of the start of an ongoing devastating war on Yemen mounted by the Saudi-led coalition that has resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians and driven the country to the brink of famine. The Saudi onslaught on Yemen has also led to a cholera epidemic in the Arabian Peninsula country, which is one of the worst ever recorded in the world. What do you think about the heinous crimes committed by the Riyadh regime and its backers, mainly the US? In a recent vote, the US Senate rejected an effort to end support for the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen. The vote coincided with a White House meeting between Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, at which Trump lauded US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. What is your assessment of the Senate vote and the meeting?
Glenn: The first thing to remember and reflect upon when analyzing the present barbaric behavior on the part of the Saudis is that the present regime in the KSA is a creation of the British who a century ago sought to create various puppet states in the Middle East who would act in furthering the interests of what was at that time British Imperialism. In the aftermath of the descent of the British Empire, we saw the ascent of the American empire with much the same modus operandi. In short, the Saudis are there acting as the hired guns for America and Israel in preventing a repeat of what took place in 1979 when Iran and her Shiite intellectual energy overthrew an American, Western, Zionist-backed puppet dictator.
Tasnim: The Islamic Republic of Iran has always expressed deep concern over the ongoing tragedy in Yemen and reiterated the need for implementing the four-point peace plan that Tehran submitted to the United Nations in 2015, which urges an end to conflicts, sending humanitarian aid, lifting the unjust blockade of Yemen, and launch of political dialogue with the aim of formation of a national unity government. What do you think about the peace plan and the role that the UN can play in this regard?
Glenn: Before considering the efficacy of any UN actions with regards to Yemen, we need to remember that the UN is and always has been a rubber stamp for Western, American, and Zionist schemes and barbarism. Look at the manner in which Iraq was destroyed several times in fact, with UN blessings and approbation. Look at Yugoslavia. Look at Libya. Anyone hoping to utilize the UN in bringing about any kind of political solution to Saudi butchery will not do it until the last Yemeni is murdered, at which point the UN will offer only some mealy-mouthed resolution embedding its regret.
Syria is the model for Yemen. With Syria, we saw powerful regional players such as Iran, Russia, Assad, and Hezbollah act unilaterally in bringing about the necessary solution to the butchery taking place there, and with the success that all the aforementioned players are now enjoying in terms of world public opinion, it would be best to begin these operations at once while the momentum is there.
Tasnim: How do you assess the political situation in Yemen? What is your prediction about the future of the country’s crisis? How can Yemeni groups end the power crisis through dialogue and negotiation?
Glenn: In this regard, Syria is not the model for Yemen. In Syria, the government is still standing and enjoys popular support. Yemen, however, has been fragmented and politically fractured and thus I think that strong players with a steady hand, Iran being the best, would be needed to bring political stability to the country in the aftermath of any military victory.