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Improving self-image and demonizing others.. What are the denotations of the internally directed Houthi discourse?

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By: Abdul Salam al-Hatimi

The internally directed Houthi media discourse is filled with vocabularies of misinformation, hatred, lies, slander, black propaganda and verbal terrorism directed against all components of Yemeni society, meaning that it is a discourse that completely reflects the militia's behavior and reveals its truth. Houthi's discourse is not only about canceling the right of others to live in their homeland in peace and confiscating their political and other rights but also goes beyond that to include confiscating their right to life. Verbal terrorism describes the militia's opponents with descriptions that reflect the militia's appetite for the opponents' imprisonment, confiscation of their money, torture, trial and ending with their execution. And the militia did not leave any word of the obscenity dictionary without attaching it to its opponents and to all components of Yemeni society that reject it.

On the other hand, the Houthi militia is working to improve the image of its dynastic leaders and symbols, glorify them and describe them with misleading descriptions to wash away their crimes committed against Yemeni society. And it tries to surround them with an aura of sanctification and describes them as symbols of guidance, pioneers of faith identity, and descendants of the Prophet and owners of Quranic culture. And as for other opponents of the militia, the militia describes them as takfirists (religious extremists), terrorists, ISIS members, hypocrites, the fifth column, spies, traitors and mercenaries, and other vocabularies of hate and misinformation discourse that the Houthi media discourse exudes through the militia media, Fridays' sermon, sectarian sessions, banners, posters and songs of war and murder.

- Vocabularies of Houthi discourse and its denotations:

The vocabulary of the internally directed Houthi media discourse did not come from a vacuum, rather, it reflects in essence the nature of the Houthi militia and their terrorist behavior, which is keen to employ all the vocabulary of verbal terrorism to glorify and improve the self-image, demonizing others and intensifying black propaganda against them, and this is what we will explain in the following:

- Faith Identity: The issue of identity is strongly present in the Houthi militia’s war against the state and society, and given the danger that this militia poses to the identity of Yemenis, whether religious or national, through its separation from the identity that unites Yemenis, and its melting into the Iranian identity and the identity of the sectarian militias loyal to it, the Houthi militia is working to try to normalize public life in its areas of control with this imported identity. And in order for its attempts to receive a response, it describes the imported Iranian identity with the “faith identity” in order to divert attention from the reality of that identity and to deceive simples and ignorant people about it, as well as to ward off the accusation of threatening identity that gathers Yemenis with an imported identity that incites murder and violence, encourages the practice of terrorism and it made society booby-trapped with school curricula and a new generation saturated with its dark ideas.

And in order to consolidate and spread the imported Iranian identity, the Houthi militia has dominated over mosques, schools and universities in the areas it controls and has worked to replace mosque preachers with others loyal to it or from among its ranks, as well as chased proselytizers and mosque preachers from those who do not belong to its sect or refused to engage in its service according to its instructions, and as a result, the Iranian slogans are raised everywhere the militia reached, especially the Khomeinist scream slogan.

And the Houthi militia believes that the religious and national identity that unifying Yemenis will work to reformulate the distorted reality and besiege the imported Iranian identity, which the militia describes it with the "faith identity." Therefore, the war on the Yemeni identity is considered one of the Houthis’ top priorities. They are working to brainwash the younger generations, the ignorant people and the illiterate with terrorist ideas, which they cover with allegations of “faith identity” to pass them on and create a society booby-trapped with that identity, in which murder, bloodshed, looting and robbery are its most prominent features.

- The Qur'anic Massira: The terrorist Houthi militia did not abstain from politically employing the Book of Allah (the Holy Qur’an). Although the militia blew up a large number of schools for memorizing the Holy Qur’an and closed charities interested in memorizing the Holy Qur’an and teaching its sciences since its advance towards the capital Sana’a, it still describes its terrorist practices represented in murder, bloodshed, torture in secret prisons and looting of public and private property as a “Quranic Massira.”

And if the militia wanted to cover up its practices that are forbidden by the Holy Qur’an and which are contrary to religion, morals and customs, then the militia was supposed to make other allegations of its terrorist Massira and not to include the Book of Allah in its criminal behavior, because the Holy Qur’an is a heavenly legislation and a moral constitution for all Muslims. So, from where did the terrorist Houthi militia bring the allegations of the Quranic Massira as a description of its criminal practices? Moreover, the behavior of the militia, which the citizens notice before their eyes, does not deceive them from describing that behavior as a “Quranic Massira”, because the Holy Qur’an is too great for the militia to distort the Holy Qur'an in the eyes of those who believe in the Qur'an, and this militia has become a subject of ridicule by everyone who sees it describing its criminal and terrorist practices as a "Quranic Massira."

- The wilayah (Authority): The term “Authority” has become a frequently used vocabulary in the internally directed Houthi discourse. As for the militia, the Authority is intended to surrender to the authority of its leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, as the sole ruler of the Yemenis, according to outdated myths and superstitions that Yemenis folded in the September 26, 1962 revolution. Thus, the militia wants to cancel and blow up all the achievements of the free Yemeni fighters who fought the racist and tyrannical Imamate for decades and then ended by declaring the September 26 revolution against it.

It also - with the allegations of the state - wants to abolish the political rights of all Yemeni citizens and limit these rights to the Houthi family, and this is considered the utmost disregard for more than 30 million Yemenis. And through this, the militia wants these citizens to surrender to a racist family without moral qualifications, as well as educational and political qualifications, but it only wants to reproduce the experience of the Wali al-Faqih in Iran, in order to then employ all the capabilities of the Yemenis against neighboring countries in the service of Iran and its subversive projects in the Arab world.

The love of Ahl al-Bayt (the family of the prophet of Islam Muhammad): In front of the wave of popular hatred for the Houthi militia, the militia is trying to convince the citizens in its areas of control that it belongs to the "Ahl al-Bayt", and therefore loving it is "a moral or legal obligation" as it claims, even though the Ahl al-Bayt are the relatives of the prophet Muhammad, May the blessings of Allah be upon him, who lived with them in his time, and the terrorist Houthi militia and their likes have nothing to do with the Ahl al-Bayt, especially since the prophet Muhammad, May the blessings of Allah be upon him, did not have any offspring, and God Almighty said about him in his Holy Book: “Muhammad is not the father of [any] one of your men, but [he is] the Messenger of Allah and last of the prophets. And ever is Allah, of all things, Knowing.” (Al-Ahzab, verse 40). But the militia, just as it climbs on religion, the Qur’an and creed, it is also trying to insert the lineage of the Prophet into its acts of revenge and its crimes against the state and society.

- Martyr of the Qur'an: The Houthi militia did not find any description of its founder, Hussain al-Houthi, other than “the martyr of the Qur’an”, although he was killed in clashes with government forces because of his leadership of a rebellion against the state, and the Holy Quran had nothing to do with the case of his murder. However, the terrorist militia did not find a way to improve the image of its rebel founder against the state except describing him as a “martyr of the Qur’an,” and it also describes him as "linked with Qur'an" and as a "speaking Qur'an" and other attributes through which the militia is trying to erase his terrorist record and improve his image in the context of its campaigns to improve the image of all its dynastic leaders, especially those who are affiliated with the Houthi family.

- Symbols of guidance: The terrorist Houthi militia is master at improving the image of its racist dynastic leaders who incite murder, violence and terrorism, and distributes different descriptions to all leaders, in order to intensify the improvement of their images and to divert attention from their criminal and terrorist record against the state and society. Among those descriptions, describing them as “the symbols of guidance,” and this description involves exaggerated misleading among many other descriptions that are repeated extensively to obscure the truth with an impenetrable fence of misleading descriptions, because the intensity of repeating these descriptions confuses the simple people, ignorants and deceived and obscures them from seeing the Houthi leaders on their reality that they are just as advocates of murder and instigators of violence, terrorism and looting of public and private property.

- Black propaganda against those who reject the Houthi militia: In exchange for improving the image of its racist dynastic leaders by the terrorist Houthi militia, it deliberately intensifies black propaganda against all components of Yemeni society and all those who reject it. It describes them as hypocrites, the fifth column, mercenaries, and other descriptions that perfectly apply to it, because the real mercenary is the person who destroys the country, sheds blood and commits all violations of human rights in the service of Iran. And the hypocrite is the person who pretends in front of citizens of piety and righteousness and that he is one of the symbols of guidance, and in secret he directs orders to his militia to kill, pillage, loot, establish secret prisons, abduction, arrest, torture in prisons until death or permanent physical disabilities. And as for the fifth column, if the militia refers to the spies who gather information about its movements, plans, and so on, it is known that these peole are implanted within the organizational hierarchy of the militia itself, and their penetration within it reflects its security failure.

Also, in its internally directed media discourse, the militia focuses on describing the military operations launched against it by saying, “America is killing the Yemeni people,” and describing the Arab Alliance to support the legitimacy as “the American-Zionist Alliance,” as well as accusing all components of the Yemeni people that are fighting against it on various fronts of: Loyalty to Jews and Christians. All these terms and descriptions are for the purpose of misleading with the aim of demonizing others among the ignorant, the illiterate and the fools in order to persuade them to go to the fronts and fight in their ranks. And with these descriptions, demonization and black propaganda, the militia is trying to divert attention from its behavior as a terrorist militia loyal to Iran and it is the same that kills the Yemeni people and ally with a racist sectarian militia similar to it in terms of contempt for blood, killing, violence, terrorism, shedding innocent blood in order to control peoples, looting and harnessing its capabilities for the benefit of Iran and its absurd wars in the region.

- Parallel war:

The inward-directed Houthi media discourse can be described as a "parallel war" to the war waged by the militia against the state and society. And this parallel war targets religious belief, national identity and brainwashing of teenagers and young adults. And with this discourse, the militia also deceives the idiots and ignorant of those who do not realize its danger, and then it tries to convince them that it alone represents and defends Islam, while the others are Islam's enemies and conspirators against it. And the militia exploits the religious sentiments of many citizens to mislead them and persuade them to fight in its ranks under the influence of self-glorification and demonization of others.

And in mobilizing, the Houthi militia follows the same style of Iran and Hassan Nasrallah's militia in Lebanon, where it echoes the same vocabulary and slogans, and employs various audio, visual, print and electronic media to repeat the vocabulary of misleading media discourse or verbal terrorism. The militia is also keen to imbue public life with that discourse, through Friday sermons in mosques, small factional festivals, changes to school curricula, sectarian lectures in mosques, schools and universities, and sectarian courses that are held in secret places.

In addition to this, the exaggeration and extravagance of publishing giant billboards and banners with sectarian slogans on the streets, walls, facades of government and antique buildings, citizens’ homes, on cars and Kalashnikovs, as well as a lot of printing posters dedicated to the themes of mobile phones and Janbyas and chanting the slogan of Khomeini’s scream in mosques, schools and universities and even at parties and qat meetings, as well as the extensive production of songs of war and killing, glorification of the dynasty, demonizing others, distributing those songs widely and instructing their followers to constantly hear those songs out loud anywhere and to make others hear them in the hope of being influenced by their content.

- Tampering with the sanctity of mosques:

The militia was not satisfied with its control of the state media to spread its sectarian poison and its media discourse booby- trapped with a culture of hatred and terrorism, but it also encroached on the sanctities of mosques and exploited them to spread its media discourse booby- trapped with hatred and terrorism and incitement to fighting and confronting what it calls “aggression” and “mercenaries” through Friday sermons and sectarian lectures, with a focus on praising those it calls "Ahl al-Bayt", evoking racist terms brimming with hate, and promoting a culture of violence and terrorism against the other opponent of the militia.

The Houthi discourse through mosque pulpits prompted most citizens to boycott Friday sermons and attend at the time of prayer, and some of them go to Friday prayers in remote mosques where Houthis do not deliver Friday sermons, indeed, some citizens preferred to leave the Friday prayer and replace it with the noon prayer in their homes, because they could not stand listening to preachers from the militia inciting fighting and violence and spreading a culture of hatred and terrorism.

The danger of the media discourse of the militia:

The seriousness of the media discourse of the Houthi militia lies in the fact that it is one of the militia’s most important means of consolidating its intellectual authority before the political and military authority, as this discourse establishes false convictions among the idiots, ignorant and illiterate people in the militia’s control areas, then turns them into terrorists and murder projects that sometimes reach the killing of relatives after returning from the battle fronts, and this is happening under the influence of a continuous media infusion that starts from satellite channels and radio stations and ends in mosques, schools and universities, and even social meetings and sectarian sessions.

And the terrorist militia spends on that discourse huge sums of money looted from citizens, merchants, institutions, private investment companies and the private sector in general, and the danger of that discourse is not limited to the present only, but affects the future, because that discourse booby-traps society with the poison of sectarianism, the culture of terrorism and hatred, the disruption of the social fabric, revenge and establish sustainable wars.

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