Many have agreed with him, including the Iranian Regime. But the trouble is that the Iranian Regime, who back the Houthi militia in Yemen, must have crossed their fingers when they made that statement.
You see, Iran doesn’t want the rest of the world to engage themselves in full-blown military action because the mullahs know that they and their proxy would not be able to survive the full onslaught of the Saudi-led US-backed Arab coalition. And Iran wants to continue the conflict in order to keep its adversaries busy, which is why it keeps arming the Houthis with weapons, including ballistic missiles that have been used to attack Saudi Arabia on multiple occasions.
There are two main reasons why Iran wants to keep the Yemen conflict going:
1) Avoid military action on Iranian soil: If Saudi Arabia is busy fighting in Yemen, they have less ability to challenge Iran head-on, in a war that Iran would lose.
2) To use its proxy forces: Iran prefers to fight by proxy in order to keep their hands (seemingly) clean and avoid the destruction of Iranian troops.
This brings us to the battle for Hodeidah, one of the largest ports in Yemen. The Arab Coalition want to liberate this city from the Iran-backed Houthis to ensure that Iran can no longer smuggle weapons through the port and that humanitarian aid can reach all civilians in the Houthi-controlled territory; not just those that the Houthis deem worthy.
Of course, as the UN has pointed out, Iran is also likely to be smuggling weapons through Oman or Mahrah governorate in eastern Yemen, but that doesn’t mean that the Arab Coalition shouldn’t be aiming to liberate Hodeidah.
Behnam Ben Taleblu, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote: “Over the course of the next few weeks, criticism of the coalition will likely reach an apogee over the predictable humanitarian fallout from the battle in Hodeidah – a matter that the coalition is both aware of and trying to mitigate against. Thus far, the Houthis and their Iranian backers have avoided bearing the brunt of public scrutiny, despite their determination to prolong the war. Yet whatever the outcome of the battle for Hodeidah, one thing is certain. Iran and its partners in crime remain willing to sacrifice the welfare of ordinary Yemenis in order to keep the conflict raging and pursue their ideological aims.”
The only way to stop Iran and its proxies from tearing up the Middle East is through regime change, a topic that will be discussed in depth at the Free Iran gathering on June 30.