Q&A: Ibrahim Mothana, 24, is a Yemeni political activist and co-founder of the Watan Party
There have been two drone strikes in the past four days. What’s going on?
It is easy to see the effect. After the first strike the road between Marib and Sana'a was closed. This was the retaliation of the tribes in Marib. We don't know if this amounts to an escalation of drone strikes, but it is clear this will end with the Talibanization of the tribal areas.
What do you mean?
A few years ago the US was speaking of a few hundred Al-Qaeda members in
So the victims are all small fry?
When the drone strike was introduced it was meant to kill the 'high-value target'. Sometimes you do have attacks on high-value targets, but those strikes are very few. Now they have the 'signature strike' (where targets are not identified by name, but by certain types of activity). This is what is causing the problem. We have witnessed some spectacular mistakes in past years, one of which was the assassination the deputy governor of Marib.
He was an ally of the US and the Yemeni government. How did that happen?
US officials say drone strikes are rather effective. What do you say?
US military posture is a combination of the Brennan drones and the Robert McNamara strategy in the Vietnam War which was all about body counts. I personally feel it is in
People abroad are confused. Has there actually been a revolution in
Even people in
Does that mean the revolution ended then? I don't think so. What has come of the national dialogue?
There is a conference which I hope will be starting soon. But I am actually relying more on the on-going dialogue processes on various issues including the South. This is the first time that we Yemenis are discussing all our issues -- and we are not going to use other means, such as weapons. Many of the issues, including the future of the South, were taboo in the past.
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