There have been calls by several governments for the United Nations to intervene in two Arab states where Islamists have either gained power or have created a security crisis by threatening to seize power from legitimate governments
Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels have taken control from the government. They are also fighting with Sunni tribes and
the poorest Arab state, is fractious, as there is a separatist movement in
South Yemen, which merged with North
Yemen, which sparked a civil war in the
early 1990s. There are also Communists,
who had been in power in South Yemen before the fall of the Soviet Union and
the union of both Yemens.
The UN Security Council passed a resolution today demanding the Shi’ite rebels relinquish control of Yemen’s government, but the Gulf Cooperation Council is calling for UN intervention in Yemen or the organization of Arab states of the Arabian (or Persian) Gulf will act on its own, with or without UN authorization. They are interested in thwarting any spread of Iranian revolutionary influence among Shi’ites in Arab states.
and Saudi Arabia are also
reportedly making coordinated contingency plans to keep shipping lanes in the Red Sea open, while the latter has reportedly been arming
Sunni tribes against the Shi’ite rebels.
At the same time,
remains in civil war after the overthrow of Col. Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. Various Islamists are fighting the
government, which has fled the capital.
Some of the militant Muslim rebels are affiliated with al-Qaeda and
others with the “Islamic State.” Egypt and the United
Arab Emirates have provided limited military support to
the Libyan government, which retains control over some of Libya’s
It is in the interests of the world, as in
Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria,
Somalia, Mali and Nigeria,
to stop the spread of Islamism, whether Sunni or Shi’ite, in Yemen and Libya. As negotiations in Yemen
have failed, the UN must act to authorize military intervention in both states
to stop militant Muslims from imposing harsh Islamic rule by force on Yemenis
and Libyans, undermining international anti-terrorism efforts and creating