“The repercussions of the Battle of Marib will be very big in Yemen and the region.” It is strange that the phrase “Iranian drug dealer” Hassan Nasrallah recalls an ancient memory of a Roman emperor who lived in the twenty-fourth year BC, carrying the same goals and visions towards “Marib” without the need for hallucinations. Captagon, because greed creates for man his own fantasies and illusions!
“Either we cooperate with our rich friends, or we overcome them as rich enemies.” Controlling the most important trade routes in that era, it is worth noting that such an imminent danger was not revealed between the Sabian writings and inscriptions, despite the Yemeni recording of the most prominent events in its history.
Did our ancestors not find enough time for that blogging?! Or did they not see in the campaign a danger worth the trouble of engraving it?!.
But, why Marib?? Did you miss it, either in the past or the present?
We can simply say that Marib was the beginning, and then what came after it!..
The presence of man on this land since the Stone Age and life gathered around it at an early age, forming the tribes – the first nucleus of the idea of the state of law -. The majority of the lineages still assert that the origins of the majority of the Yemeni and Arab tribes – who migrated successively – go back to the ancient inhabitants of Marib, even if they changed with Time, its habits and ways of living!
The gathering of tribes in Marib led to the establishment of states and their succession, but its glorious brilliance was during the “Sabaean state” whose history historians swayed in its history between the second millennium and the first millennium BC, but the majority settled that the Sabaean state was able to unify the majority of Yemeni lands by including all of the kingdoms of Hadhramaut. Ma’in and Qataban, to establish the “strong state” with the tribes under it, what we can call the first federation in history when all tribes under the rule of the state of Sheba were granted the right to retain their privacy and self-rule, creating with an early maturity a symphony of cultural pluralism and unique intellectual diversity, the strong foundation on which was later formed a personality Yemeni man.
The Sabaean state relied on trade after controlling the most important trade routes at that time, starting from the protection of ships on the coast of the Arabian Sea until crossing the Arabian Peninsula and their arrival to distant colonies of the Sabaean state in the migrations of Yemeni tribes long before the time of the demolition of the dam, but trade alone did not It would not be a sufficient support unless the state supported itself economically to meet all its needs, especially in a changing climate surrounded by a harsh desert. The engineer entrusted with building the ancient Ma’rib Dam must have taken a long time to determine the most appropriate place for the construction of the dam until historians of that era considered it a miracle beyond human capabilities. Perhaps this is what linked the history of the Yemeni human being – with other nations – to his supernatural power, capable of harnessing the jinn, not to mention the holiness that surrounded Marib in particular and all the land of Sheba after it was reinforced by the stories of the heavenly books through successive boredom, from Judaism and Christianity to Islam..
The Yemeni man was closely linked to dams and expanded their construction and considered them his national wealth, so that the stone and the person exchanged a unique relationship, just as the Yemeni cut the dam’s stones with his hands and rebuilt it stone by stone, these dams gave him a feeling of strength and stability that sometimes reached the point of bragging and indifference, a convincing reason for the Yemeni to raise the mention of Campaigns and invasions – not worth mentioning – despite their succession on the land of Marib, the Roman “Augustus” was not the first dreamer of the mysterious city of magic and its treasures, before his dreams and others melted in the sand particles surrounding the gardens of Marib.
And the dam was destroyed, so that the Yemeni would wake up to the reality of the decrease that follows perfection. Unfortunately, the dam was not destroyed alone. With the fall of the strong stones that supported the Yemeni state, the Yemeni’s confidence in his absolute strength gradually fell. She ordered her and migrated to a coast or a mountain, – it does not matter – as long as she found what shaded the heat of the “desert sands” beneath it, the Yemeni did not realize at the time that that desert was the hidden natural protection wall for his land and an important source of his strength next to the dam!..
Despite those migrations, Marib did not remain alone. Some tribes chose to stay next to the memory of the ruins of a state that was once there, and as the character of the Yemeni was reshaped after his migration away from Marib, the personality of the Marib person was refined, especially after he was deprived of the old luxury of living and the cruelty with which the desert met him. Cruelty that earned him over time the power of “dispensation” that the inhabitant of the mountain or the coast may not understand..
And just as the Yemeni and the dam exchanged gifts of strength, the marbi exchanged with the desert sand a force of another kind, calm and soft after he felt the tranquility of living in the desert and adapted to it and realized the value of the hot sand that made him anxious and obsessed with protection, especially since his land is no longer a potential coveted for bounty hunters as it was In the past, though, Al-Marbi was present in all the revolutions carried out by the Yemenis against the occupier. The sand did not isolate Al-Marbi from the rest of his land, nor did it deprive him of dreaming of the return of his strong state – whatever its capital -. You will find him shaking his knife rebellious – with the support of his desert – like a merciless sandstorm with the advent of greedy invaders on a coast and a mountain not far from him.
The state is still the dream of every Yemeni who chose to stay in the desert or in the mountains and valleys…
Until the oil wells exploded under his feet, and as the dam was in the past the Yemeni national wealth, oil came back to replace it. Did Al-Marbi stop in front of those wells, considering it a reward he deserved for his long patience, or did he consider it a new trap for a harsh experience that he would have to go through??
Most likely, he showed his indifference to those wells -for a time-, and averted his eyes from them after he looked at the excavating companies next to him with a threatening look. Perhaps the neglect of Marib and the veiled threat was the result of a successive disregard practiced against Marib by successive governments, especially as some actually contributed to an attempt to distort the image of Marib. Al-Marbi and his appearance as a barbaric figure who refuses to change and adapt to the times, this was before the war in his hands received the task of establishing a real state after the Houthi militia took over the Yemeni state in a crude manner.
Al-Marbi did not hesitate this time and took the reins of himself and the reins of the state, recovering the genes of the ancient kings that the sand helped preserve, in addition to supporting the land and the tribe. Despite the heavy responsibility and burdens, Marib experienced during the war years a unique experience in building a state that accommodated all Yemenis with their differences and multiculturalism, as did its ancestors.
Not only did the project of the new state arouse the admiration or jealousy of many, but the fears became among some towards the Marbi ambition, which was racing against time in the path of construction and development despite the wars that did not stop on its borders.
What made the sands of that desert more cohesive than the cohesion of mountains that the Yemeni has spent his life to sculpt, or coasts that did not spare the livelihood of those who inhabited their coasts? Despite our certainty that we are the owners of the right in this war-, we wonder, and we are confident that we belong to the same origins to which the people of Marib belong. .
Perhaps we hasten to ask the question and eager to obtain it, for in order to be a pure Marabiah, you must take the sufficient amount of the character of a people who coexisted with the desert and lived in them until they tasted the power of dispensation and the meaning of wise patience…
When the beginning is in Marib, you are committed to making your conclusion pure and pure for those who will succeed you on it, because the memory of the earth is greater than our ability to forget.
When the start is in Marib and the refuge is on it, your war is not related to what the land has given you, but rather to the amount of sweat you shed on it, for Marib does not accept bargaining.
When it begins in Ma’rib and danger surrounds it, you will not find a place for treason, the desert is still loyal to those who inhabited it and indicates treachery before it occurs..