The wheel of change has moved in Yemen and no one will be able to stop its path or stand in front of it. It is a flood sweeping through and destroying all the fortifications erected by the leaders of the Middle East over the last thirty years.
This wheel of change has brought new thoughts and ambitious aspirations, fitting in with the era the young people are experiencing. It has its challengers and yet it is confident at the same time, not intimidated by the army nor the security forces’ power.
Yemen has been the fourth station the world eyes have been directed to, after the overthrow of three emperors who had power, money and external support. The revolution of change passed calmly and confidently to land in Yemen, touching down onto the hundreds of metres of change and liberalism that encompass the arenas of freedom where the opposition to the president has gathered.
President Saleh is in a critical situation even if he has come out with his full and typical elegance. The worries and fears hidden behind his ribs are exposed by the words coming from deep inside him, he is shocked of what is happening and what will happen, his latest actions becoming more acute than ever before. We can say that Saleh has lost his political balance and diplomatic skills, distributing accusations altered by his psychological emotions, which did not even recognise his allies in the White House.
The President is in front of two historical choices, either to reach a settlement with the opposition and set out an urgent vision to avoid the crisis that I think is a ticking time bomb, or walking on the line of the people before him, and the belief that the agenda of the chairs of power (the army, security services, money, thugs – baltagiya) will defeat the demands of the people.
The people who he said are being paid from America or Tel Aviv and do not believe in elections. Don’t these protesters see the people in the streets dancing and calling for the life of their leader? Don’t they watch the Yemeni Satellite Television to see with their own eyes that the people still love their president, the same tired chants that we have been hearing for years, ‘our souls, our blood, we sacrifice for you Ali.’
The three fallen Arab emperors turned to money and the army and thugs. Yet their final stories remind us of stories of the One Thousand and One Nights.
Saleh should realize that his time is over, the opposition parties – his old friends and now new opponents, are not welling to give him any chance, nor are the young people in the Change Square in Sana’a, nor the people in Freedom Square in Taiz, nor anywhere else in Yemen. Everyone is waiting for the big fall. The president who always was able to maneuver the demands of his people has one final maneuver to make, to get out with dignity and no questioning.
The only way he can maintain his dignity, and the honour of his one good deed, the unity of our country, will be in his acceptance of the deal set by the Islamic scholars of Yemen. Otherwise his legacy will be of tearing our country apart.
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