Qatar’s attitude threatens security in the Gulf

While the Gulf countries are waging war on terrorism and its sources, Iran continues to scheme for a new map.


2017/06/18 Issue: 111 Page: 2


The Arab Weekly
Abdallah al-Alamy



While the other Gulf countries are doing their best to prevent Persian hegem­ony, through what is known in Shia Islam as the Governance of the Jurist, from reaching the Arab nation in general and Arab Shias in particu­lar, Qatar is doing its best to seek Persian protection and conspire with Tehran’s mullahs against the people and governments of the Gulf union.

A good number of Muslim countries are supporting Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen in their stance against Qatari-sponsored terrorism. Iran and Turkey, howev­er, have chosen an opposite path for their own narrow interests.

One of the reasons behind Qatar’s schizophrenia is its sterile foreign policy, which is based on an inflated view of Iran’s power and role in the region. Yes, the Gulf countries share with Qatar geography, history and family ties but Qatar found nothing better to do than to plant the seeds of disu­nity and discord among them.

Qatar maintains highly suspi­cious relations with Hezbollah. This relationship was born in evil intentions right from the begin­ning in 2006 and started spraying its poison through a web of con­spiracies. Qatar has been weaving these conspiracies and funding them generously. A particular instance of Qatar’s shadowy deals was the recent Qatar-brokered Kefraya and al-Foua agreements. It turned out that part of the deal was the liberation of a party of 26 Qatari hunters that included mem­bers of the country’s royal family.

The Gulf countries could no longer afford to close their eyes on Qatar’s misconduct in the region. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt declared their renewed commitment to security and stability in the region. They took the initiative of making public a list of 59 individuals and 12 organisations based in Qatar accused of sponsoring terrorism in the region.

Iran reacted quickly and vio­lently. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered his country’s poets to compose poems lampooning Saudi Arabia. Qatar’s mercenary media outlets will certainly not fail to broadcast these poetic jousts.

True to its opportunistic nature, the Iranian regime did not miss the chance to blow the Qatari cri­sis out of proportion and to loudly trumpet its support for Doha. There is nothing new here and the evil mullahs are, as usual, fishing in murky waters.

Struck with the fever of gran­deur induced by praise from Iran, the emir of tiny Qatar warned eve­rybody that Iran was a regional powerhouse and that it would be unwise to escalate the confronta­tion with it. Tehran had put in motion a grandiose plan to save Qatar. The Iranian Ministry of For­eign Affairs declared pompously through spokesman Bahram Qas­semi that “the embargo imposed by some Gulf countries and Egypt against Qatar is rejected.” There was also talk of Iran sending a contingent of the Islamic Revolu­tionary Guards Corps to protect the royal palace in Doha.

It is obvious that Qatar does not realise the dangers of consorting with Iran, Hezbollah and the Hou­this. Perhaps our Qatari brothers will wisely not repeat Lebanon’s fateful error. Because of the suspicious 2008 Doha Agree­ment, which has given Hezbollah guardianship rights of Lebanese institutions, the country’s fertile valleys and its beautiful beaches have virtually become colonies of the Hezbollah militia. Qatar’s role in that agreement was highly suspicious.

We certainly do not wish to see any foreign power play havoc with Qatar’s security and econo­my. We certainly do not wish to see our brothers in Qatar pile up in shops in search of food.

There are reports of Iranians rejoicing at delivering hundreds of tonnes of food supplies to Qa­tar. They seem to have forgotten that 40% of the Iranian popula­tion struggles to secure their daily food rations. It is very ironic indeed that the bankrupt state of Iran can quickly find funds to give charity to the Qatari regime.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash described Qatar’s reliance on political and military protection from Iran and Turkey as “a new tragicomic episode” in Doha’s frantic efforts to escalate the crisis. He pointed out that both countries are non-Arab.

While the Gulf countries are waging war on terrorism and its sources, Iran continues to scheme for a new map and balance of power in the Gulf. For their part, the Qatari authorities continue to refuse to honour the agreements they had signed. Their obvious lack of strategic foresight and a clear identity can only help Iran’s expansionist plans.


Abdallah al-Alamy is a Saudi writer.


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