The late southern Yemeni president, Salem Rabie Ali, was exposed to what seems to have been the most cunning attempts at international and regional polarization, firstly, to the excessive complexity of the relationship between the brothers in arms, the other comrades of the war of liberation, Abdel Fattah Ismail and Ali Nasser Muhammad, and secondly, to split the unity of the (socialist) regime emerging in the more prone south of Yemen. to the Soviet Union during the Cold War with the West.
In my twenties I was convinced that the heroes of the wars of liberation should lay down their guns after they had accomplished their mission, and leave the task of building the state to others.
Even more than that, I expected that politics would be (fitnah) and that if a dispute occurred with one of the three comrades, the beads of the rosary would be repeated so that the second would get rid of the third, and this is unfortunately what happened!
The first part of the separation between the three comrades began when Abdel Fattah began to take matters more towards Moscow, considering that “whoever is his ally is the Soviet Union, no one can defeat him,” while he headed safely towards China and his friend (Chun Lai), but in the end neither Moscow fulfilled its promise to Fattah nor Beijing stood for healthy side
The second of those stations was when Abdullah Al-Hamdi, a companion in the Arab Nationalists Movement, presented him to his brother, the late President Ibrahim Al-Hamdi, who also presented him during one of the Arab summits to a Gulf leader.
The latter gave Salmin a satellite phone with the aim of (communication)!
A few days later, the employees of Aden Airport were surprised by the arrival of a small Gulf delegation carrying a suitcase containing two million dollars as a gift to the President safely to help him manage his affairs!
This was a shocking matter in those circumstances in which extremism and partisan outbursts prevailed, but Salmin certainly did not ask for this money and did not use that communication device. In the north on the other hand.
Salmeen was familiar enough with what was the previous situation in the north by virtue of his going there to bring arms and recruit fighters during the war to liberate the south from British colonialism. His sons are expatriates in the Gulf countries, and thus Salem began to present to his comrades in the Politburo some ideas to reset the relationship with the Soviets and China in order to allow benefiting from the money of the expatriates, the wealthy, smart southern merchants in the Gulf.
This was another stop to be more suspicious of him.
When Ibrahim al-Hamdi and his brother were assassinated, Salmin could not control himself, and insisted on traveling to Sana’a and landing at its airport to participate in the funeral of the al-Hamdi brothers, despite threatening to blow up his plane, but he did what he wanted, with his known courage, to do what he wanted.
Perhaps Salmin paid his life after that for his loyalty not only to his friend al-Hamdi, but also to his conviction that the division of Yemen between north and south is an anomaly and that Yemen must be rehabilitated with unity, development and common interests between its parties.
There is no doubt that the three comrades (Salmeen, Fattah, and Nasir) had their way of looking at things, but Salmeen’s way was the most realistic, the most popular, not because he wanted it, but that was what was consistent with his temperament and simplicity.
Salmin is no less popular in the south and north of the country than his friend Ibrahim al-Hamdi, but there are fundamental differences between the two men. From people to a degree that is hard to believe, however, Ibrahim was more organized and organized in his meetings and meetings, perhaps due to his educational and military background, but what they combined was that charisma or political attractiveness in front of the common people.
It is certain that Salmin was more inclined to the idea that unity with (the North) and reconciliation with (neighboring countries) are more feasible than alliances with (far) powers and countries in geography and culture. Understanding healthy accounts?