The global conflict spread like wildfire, the cross-strait and North-South issues on the Korean Peninsula became a time bomb

Houthi rebels fire missiles at US warship
US doesn't want war: 'I'm not interested in any kind of war'
If the U.S. loses war deterrence, the international community will face chaos. 'A decision is needed'

The 3H (Hamas, Hezbollah, and Houthi), which the international community regards as terrorist groups, are plunging the world into a whirlwind of war. This means that 3H is widening the confrontation with the West, including the United States and Europe, with the support of Iran and Russia.

The problem is that as the war enters a low-intensity, prolonged phase, a red flag has been raised about America’s war deterrence capabilities. As a result, tensions cannot be avoided in countries such as Korea and Taiwan, which are classified as potential conflict countries. This is because diplomatic and military security has been strengthened based on a strong alliance with the United States.

Houthis, pro-Iran Yemeni rebels/Photo = Getty Image Bank

Islamic militant group ‘Houthi’ launches missile against US destroyer

According to Reuters and The Times of Israel on the 14th (local time), the pro-Iran Yemeni rebels Houthi fired a cruise missile at the US destroyer Rabun, which was operating in the southern Red Sea. On this day, the U.S. Central Command posted on “It was shot down, and no damage or injuries have been reported to date.”

Regional experts are analyzing that the Houthis’ attack was a retaliatory response to the airstrikes on Yemen in which the United States and Britain shelled Yemen on the 12th and 13th (local time). In fact, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said, “The recent bombings in Yemen are an attack by the United States, Zionists and the United Kingdom on Yemen,” and added, “Now the United States and Britain will pay a high price and resolve all the horrors of this blatant aggression.” “We will have to bear the consequences,” he said. Due to the Houthis’ attack, ships that were scheduled to sail through the Red Sea to the Suez Canal carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) are currently stranded off the coast of Oman.

Meanwhile, the Houthis are a Zaydist militant group, a branch of Shia Islam, and were formed in 1992 by Hussein al-Houthi, a Zaydist cleric. They used the same armed group, Hezbollah, as a model for resistance and operated under the banner of anti-Americanism and anti-Israel. They began to attract international attention by overthrowing the Hadi government and taking control of the capital during the Yemeni civil war in 2015.

America caught up in three wars

This brings the total number of wars in which the United States is currently involved to three. The Ukraine-Russia war, the Israel-Hamas war, and the proxy war with the Houthis. In relation to this, some argue that the possibility of an escalation of war between Iran and the United States in the Middle East has increased because the United States unusually ‘directly struck’ Houthi rebel facilities in Yemen. This is because the possibility that Iran, which supports the Houthis, will launch a full-scale military response under the pretext of retaliation cannot be ruled out.

In fact, the Houthis possess a large number of medium-to-long-range ballistic and cruise missiles with funding from Iran and Russia. ‘Khadar’, a modified version of the Iranian-made Shahab-1,200 missile with a range of 1,600 to 3 km, and ‘Burkan-3’, a ballistic missile modified from the Russian-made Burkan missile, equipped with a 500 kg conventional warhead but with a range of 2,000 km. Iran’s long-range cruise missile ‘Sumar’, etc. In addition, circumstances surrounding the use of North Korean-made Scud missiles were also detected several times.

However, the United States has dismissed the possibility of an escalation, saying it does not want any more war. On the 12th (local time), John Kirby, the White House National Security Council (NSC) strategic communications coordinator, said, “We do not seek conflict with Iran,” and added, “The United States is not interested in any kind of war, including the war with Yemen.” “He emphasized. “We know that Iran supports the Houthis just as it supports Hezbollah and Hamas,” he said. “We will work with our partners to do everything we can to dissuade Iran from taking actions that would destabilize the Middle East. “We will continue to cooperate,” he added.


Is the U.S. losing power and the security threat to the international community becoming more serious?

So far, the United States has participated in international conflicts with the goal of protecting democracy as the world’s police force. When Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in 2022, the United States attracted the participation of allies in Europe and other countries to provide material support to Ukraine, and immediately after the outbreak of the Israeli war in October of last year, ‘America Stand with Israel’ They publicly supported Israel under the motto, “We stand together.” 

The problem is that as the war is prolonged and the number of conflicts involving Hezbollah and the Houthis increases, the United States’ war deterrence power is gradually diminishing. The United States has already been requesting a “humanitarian ceasefire” from Israel since November last year to prevent civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip, but has ultimately failed to persuade Israel. Bloomberg News said, “After Ukraine, as many as two wars broke out in the Middle East during President Biden’s administration. “The United States was even unable to prevent Islamic armed factions such as Hezbollah and Houthis from participating in the conflict one by one,” he said, adding, “The ‘Pax Americana’ (US-led world peace) is in danger of being erased from history.”

Accordingly, tensions appear to be increasing between China and Taiwan, which are called the world’s powder keg (areas with a high possibility of war breaking out), and between South Korea and North Korea. In the case of Taiwan and Korea, which have strengthened their security by forming alliances with the United States, security threats will become more serious if the U.S. war deterrence weakens. In relation to this, an expert said, “The current war in the international community is a silent war between the United States, Russia, and Iran.” He added, “The United States joins Western countries to put economic pressure on Russia and Iran, and Russia and Iran use conventional weapons against Islamic groups.” “They are taking away the power of the United States by providing support,” he analyzed. He went on to say, “If the United States loses its ability to deter war according to Russia and Iran’s plan, the international community will immediately fall into chaos,” and added, “It is time for the United States to make a decision.”

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