Why are they mad at Qatar?

 06 Jun 2017 - 19:58

The hacking attack on QNA’s website and attributing false statements to the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is without an iota of doubt a cyber crime which was used by Saudi and Emirati-controlled media outlets to launch a predesigned assault against Qatar.

Immediately before this exercise, a smear campaign had been runing against Qatar with 13 different op-ed pieces appearing in the US press, according to a statement made by Qatar’s foreign minister.

The recklessly fast pace of developments as they were created by irresponsible media outlets of Saudi Arabia and UAE make one confuse on what is the real reason behind this crisis: Qatari support to Hamas or Muslim Brotherhood or its relation with Iran?

The aggressive media onslaught on Qatar and its timing, and the way it has been suddenly sparked following the visit of President Trump to Saudi Arabia are other points that are making observers think about the real reasons beyond what the media is repeatedly claiming.

The demands of the four countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt) asking Qatar to “stop its support to terrorist organisations including Hamas and cut its ties with Iran” is an out-of-context request for which reasons are being explained here below.

Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that these countries are trying to impose such policies and measures for “unjustified” and “baseless” allegations.

Without any “regards to the nation’s sovereignty” this step is totally rejected by the Qatari government. The Qatar’s Foreign Ministry has described the move as an “intervention in its sovereignty” that was made “in coordination with Egypt, and the purpose is clear: The imposition of guardianship over the State” which is a clear violation of the sovereignty of Qatar as a state which is committed to the Charter of the GCC: “Qatar respects the sovereignty of other countries and carries out its duties in combating terrorism and extremism”.

What exactly these countries want is not clear enough yet as it is hard to understand that these countries have come to know within the last few days about Qatar’s relations with Iran or Hamas, or Al Jazeera or even Muslim Brotherhood, or even Hezbollah (with which Qatar reached a point of no return because of the Syrian crisis).

How can a country like UAE which has trade exchange with Iran to the tune of more than $6bn ask Qatar to sever its relations with Tehran? Qatar is not the only GCC country which has normal diplomatic relations with Iran rather other member states may have better and stronger ties with Iran than Qatar. Relations with Iran and Hamas and Al Jazeera are being used just as a cover for an unjustifiable measure and pre-planned agenda against Qatar.

How can Saudi Arabia sever its ties with Qatar on grounds to “protect national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”, while Qatari troops are guarding its Southern border with Yemen.

Just very recently, the Directorate of Moral Guidance at the Ministry of Defence of Qatar announced that “six members of the Qatari armed forces were injured in the course of their duty while defending the southern border of the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”. The Ministry added: “These injuries took place as the Qatari armed forces stationed in the southern border of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were performing their continuing heroic duty along with their brethren to defeat enemy forces from the Kingdom”.

The most interesting fact is that the GCC citizens participation in the current crisis seems to be much milder compared to the crisis of 2014 where three GCC states had withdrawn their diplomatic missions from Doha. At that time the citizens had associated themselves with the huge rift but this time the ordinary GCC citizens were taken by surprise, due to the sudden spark and fast development of the crisis.

This time, the official media campaign are dominating the show because everything was pre-planned and being handled from the top circles to tarnish the image of Qatar. This fact was also noted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its statement issued yesterday outlining that “it is clear that the media campaign failed to convince public opinion in the region and in the Gulf countries in particular, which explains the continued escalation”.

It is ironic and sad to see countries like Maldives and Yemen’s-legitimate government ditching Qatar for whom Qatar fought in battlefields and lost some of its soldiers to defend their legitimacy. Now these countries too are aligning with those countries and have lost their good ties with Qatar for nothing but to please some officials.

Although the crisis unfolded at a pace no one was predicting . Observers were thinking that the Arab Gulf countries internal differences are traditionally settled by the inner diplomacy.
The new factor this time is Egypt’s involvement in perplexing internal dynamics of Gulf politics by hatching conspiracies against Qatar, which is a factor that can further complicate or at least delay the settlement of dispute.

Egypt not only wants to revenge from Qatar for considering current regime illegitimate but also does not want to see any regional or international role for Qatar. This group of countries want Qatar to see as a country lacking sovereignty and be a “dependant state”, a country in which they can move arbitrarily and this is what rejected absolutely and has never been accepted by the Qatari leadership and its people under any circumstances.

Finally it is wise to go back in this context to a Quranic verse: “It is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah know, and ye know not”. (2:216)