In November, the Washington Post published an Op-Ed by Houthi rebel leader Mohammad Ali al-Houthi.
In the article, al-Houthi claims that the Houthi militants whom he leads love “honorable peace” and “are ready for peace, the peace of the brave.”
Now, just a couple of months after the article was published, videos and a statement have emerged showing al-Houthi proclaiming “death to America.”
A video clip shows al-Houthi firing a missile, after which the men around him chant the Houthi mission statement: “Allah is the greatest. Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse the Jews. Victory to Islam.”
Before al-Houthi became a published author in The Washington Post, a Twitter account that is unverified but has been attributed to him professed the same sentiment.
— محمد علي الحوثي (@Moh_Alhouthi) April 25, 2017
More video shows al-Houthi with what looks like extremely young Houthi military recruits.
— Ali Shihabi (@aliShihabi) January 1, 2019
Al-Houthi’s article, given prominent billing by The Post, allowed him a far-reaching platform for his views. The news outlet later described al-Houthi as “one of the most powerful men in the Houthi government.”
Houthi leader Mohammed Ali al-Houthi: “The brutality of the Saudi regime was reflected in the murder of the journalist Jamal #Khashoggi. And it can be seen in the military escalation and airstrikes in Hodeida and other cities”: https://t.co/pu7SDBRGHZ
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) November 9, 2018
According to CounterExtremism.com, the Houthis are “an Iranian-backed, Shiite Muslim military and political movement” that has “waged a series of bloody insurgencies against the Yemeni government since 2004.”
Besides claiming to love peace, al-Houthi used his Op-Ed to heavily criticize the United States and President Donald Trump.
He claimed that the U.S. called for an end to the war in Yemen to “save face” after being humiliated by Saudi Arabia.
It is disturbing that The Washington Post would dignify the views of someone like al-Houthi by publishing his work.
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