Qatar turns its back on the Arab world and elects Iran


By Souad Sbai

At the Summit celebrated by the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, there was a clear split between Qatar and its Arab neighbors. When the Arab neighbors asked for a stance against Iranian expansionism, Qatar sided with the other side. It is the new Islamist axis.

For those who have not yet understood what is hidden behind the white dress and the menacing smile showed by the Qatari emirs, the leaders of the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of the Islamic Conference that was held in Mecca from May 30 to June 1, offer a new unequivocal example of Doha’s desire to play the role of “rogue State”.

The countries that make up the Anti-Terrorist Quartet – United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt – offered to Doha another outstretched hand, with which King Salman and the heir to the throne Mohammed greeted the Prime Minister, Abdullah Al Thani, present at the summits organized by Riyadh to strengthen the cohesion of the Arab and Muslim world against the growing Iranian threat. The recent drone attacks launched by Houthi Shiite militias against oil stations within Saudi territory and the pirate attack on merchant ships flying the Saudi flag on the Emirati coasts, which the international community has unanimously attributed to Tehran, have convinced Riyadh of the need to clearly define the limits of alliances and forces in the field.

For Doha, therefore, there was the possibility of a full return to the Arab world, re-harmonizing its policies with those of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League. A return to normality, to relations based on respect for mutual interests and on the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other States, stripping away the pseudo-revolutionary and falsely democratic habit of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Arab Spring and finally ceasing to invoke a new chapter together with the Turkey belonging to the increasingly sultan-dictator Erdogan.

But the handshake between Qatar’s Prime Minister and the king and heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia was quickly destroyed by Foreign Minister Mohammed Al Thani, who with statements widely emphasized by Al Jazeera literally broke the final announcements of the three summits, since they expressed words that clearly condemn the Khomeinist regime. A gesture much appreciated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who during a thanksgiving phone call took the opportunity to strengthen his friendship with Emir Al Thani. Both wanted to show the world the growing convergence between their respective countries on regional issues, promising to strengthen bilateral relations in every sector: even in the military sector and in the security sector?

An eventuality that should not astonish anyone since it was present from the beginning, in the refusal by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Doha of the final communications of the Summit held in Mecca. A refusal that shows that Qatar is not hostile to the Iranian offenses that have been denounced by the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, that have also denounced the continued support offered to the Houthi in Yemen, the interferences in Bahrain and Syria, the promotion of sectarian policies and the destabilization of the entire region provoked by the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and Hezbollah. It is also possible that Doha is comfortable with the acquisition by the Khomeinist regime of military nuclear powers and ballistic missiles that Tehran continues to produce without pause. Otherwise, why dissociate so brazenly from the agreement reached in Mecca by Arab and Muslim countries on the need to firmly oppose Iran’s aggressive and expansionist policies?

Tell me who you are going with and I will tell you who you are. The Doha-Tehran axis adds a significant segment to the red line of jihad that has long linked Qatar with Turkey, that is in a phase of loving feelings towards the Khomeinist regime, to the point of having announced the intention to activate the mechanisms to help it circumvent the new sanctions imposed by the United States. Therefore, the new pole of world Islamism, the triangle made up of Qatar, Turkey and Iran emerges from the Summit held in Mecca to threaten the security and stability in the Middle East and in the entire international community. And the new pole of Islamism does not renounce its intention to throw down what remains of the regional order and replace it with fundamentalist dictatorships administered by the Muslim Brotherhood, of whom the Khomeinist regime embodies the Shiite version.

It is the project of conquest of the Arab Spring that returns, in fact, it has never gone away, placing the Arab and Muslim world in a state of maximum alert and total need for collaboration with the West. Europe faces the challenge even weaker and with less preparation than in 2011, but in the United States there is no longer Barack Obama and the Trump administration is showing that it is willing to respond to the request for help requested several times during the Summits celebrated in Mecca.


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