By Souad Sbai
Disrupting markets and destabilizing prices: starting from January 2019, Qatar’s sword of Damocles will hang over the global energy sector, in light of the announcement of Doha’s imminent exit from OPEC, the organization of oil-producing countries.
According to the official narrative, Qatar wants to focus on liquefied gas, of which it is the first exporter in the world. However, this is just an unbelievable excuse. The truth is that the emirs of the Al Thani clan ruling in Qatar have decided to widen their range of instruments of domination and blackmail: besides terrorism and money, here is energy, another weapon ready to be used to hit the international community, if the latter does not please their mood, wishes or commands.
These are the modalities adopted by Doha’s regime in dealing with its interlocutors, and in this regard Italy finds itself in a particularly vulnerable position. Qatar has already succeeded in subjugating the Italian ruling class, so as to make Italy its own geopolitical outpost in Europe. This achievement has been gained by resorting to the threat of terrorist attacks, given the presence in Italy of a vast network of radicalized individuals tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, and by buying everything and everyone through huge economic investments.
The exit from OPEC will make Italy even more condescending towards Doha’s regime, out of fear of repercussions on the growing business in the energy sector.
The decision to leave the organization of oil-producing countries has certainly been influenced by the strong tensions with the Quartet against terrorism, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, which have imposed an air and maritime embargo on Qatar as of June 2017.
Instead of responding positively, or at least seeking a compromise on the conditions set by the Quartet to lift the embargo and restore political and diplomatic relations, Doha’s regime reacted by doing exactly the opposite of what was requested. Since then, Qatar has increased the funding of terrorism and of the extremist groups tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, while strengthening relations with the Iranian Khomeinist regime and Erdogan’s Islamist Turkey. Moreover, Qatar has not stopped the dissemination of propaganda and fake news against the members of the Quartet through Al Jazeera.
Against this backdrop, the farewell to OPEC is the last challenge launched by the emirs of the Al Thani clan, who are now extending to the oil industry their personal war against the international community. The negative consequences of Qatar’s bellicose policies do not affect only the Quartet, but the entire world. However, Doha does not seem to care about it and, to avert sanctions and diplomatic isolation, it relies on its allied “rogue states”, namely Turkey and Iran, as well as – alas – on the support ensured by the Italian governments.