Where are Saudi Arabia you asked before getting distracted by the other place.
Well, they are trying very hard to keep the Shia’s (supported by Iran) from getting a foothold in the Arabian Peninsular. It may not seem very important to those brought up under PC because the first view anyone has is “Bad People” “No Rights”. But right back to the dawn of this region (either post Lawrence or Post Mohammed (PBUH) ) The Shia’s have not been happy that the extremist Sunni’s (ie Wahabi’s) have been the Custodians of Islams greatest Holy Places. (In the PC world you never really give a thought to the Jews running Christianity’s most Holy Places so you wouldn’t quite comprehend the emotions)
Anyway, Yemen being a baskjet case was ruled by a (alegedly) corrupt moron Sunni and from the poverty & corruption, local villagers (or Tribes) created small militia and kidnapped tourists for a living. Then came a protest movement, started on a simple wave of popular unrest but that quickly got hijacked by the Tribes, the Sunni backed Al Qaeda in the Gulf and then the Shia backed Houthi’s.
So you have a proxy war in Yemen. This weekend the UAE soldiers who rescued that British Hostage from Al Qaeda got killed in a missile attack - 45 of them, along with about a dozen Saudis & probably others. The “Coalition” is building up for a major ground offensive. You have seen occassional stories about Saudi bombing “Civilians” (as if t he Brits & US never did that by accident in Iraq/Afghanistan & Libya), but anyway Saudi has been on a War footing for over a year now, with major economic impact in the region. The UAE even introduced National Service 18 onths ago because of this increased “Instability”
The Western Papers are now starting to promote the Saudi is bad line. Partly because Obama is a Shia and signed a deal to be friends with Iran and “The Industrial Complex” of the West smells money and so Iran is now good and the Sunni’s are not.
They are all the same. Islam contains nothing about elections and democracy, it simply is a book of life. Trying to impose Western (actually Christian created) values (because we’re civilised innit) simply is impossible, this place in way more than 50 shades of grey and that is far to much for the simpleton view of the world (Good/Evil) that the West has.
Saudi is at War. They are Sunni’s. Bashar (The Bad Guy) is a Shia, as will be many of those forced from their homes by ISIS.
All the GCC nations are spending hundreds of millions on Aid and infrastructure for the refugee camps but they will not open their doors to refugees. In fact they closed them back in 2012, (after Bahrain accepted 10’s of thousands of them) and a Syrian cannot get a Work Permit here any more.
The PROBLEM the West cannot face up to is that Syria WAS Sectarian. Multiple Communities lived in harmony (it is the Shia way actually). The opposition is totally mixed up. The ANSWER is to support Bashar, work with Russia and Iran to defeat the opposition forces and unify the Nation. It also requires a transition of power from Bashar & The Ba’ath party towards a pseudo democracy. It will take 2-3 years of fighting and 2-3 years of support and aid and education to begin rebuilding institutions.
But of course the West has walked out, they couldn’t be bothered to plan for post Arab Spring, Post Iraq, Post Afghanistan.
And so the people will keep walking out of these falied states.
Syrians today. Iraqis next then the Yemenis.
It is just beginning.