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Benefits of boycott go beyond Qatar

The state that misreads history becomes silly and ignorant. It becomes like a little boy who needs a guardian and the care of an adult. International community is the guardian over states’ madness and ignorance. This is one of the tasks assigned to international institutions, primarily the United Nations and the UN Security Council.

The role of the four countries which boycotted Qatar, i.e. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, is to warn the world of wrong policies and follies of political vanity. It is their duty to provide information and data and not just analysis. The aim is to prevent the country in question from harming their interests and that of their people.

The balance of international power has been commonly disrupted throughout history. Attempts to restore the balance of power are often difficult and require more decisiveness and strictness than the phase before it actually happens. We are witnessing such a phase of restoring balance on the international and regional levels. Qatar is a step in this direction.

Restoring the balance of power alters transgressions and puts things back on track so everything harmonizes between conflicting powers. This is happening with Qatar today. Countries that support Qatar will have their share in the future. However, to win a political battle, it is best to limit it to a specific rival and not be distracted and to achieve the required aims over phases.

It is wrong for the Qatari decision makers to be blind to the reality of the political crisis with their close neighbors and to resort to unreliable experiences that depend on media outlets for protection

Abdullah Bin Bijad al-Otaibi

Yielding results

The phase of ending Qatar’s support and funding of terrorism began to show results in Yemen and Libya as the Arab coalition’s successes to support legitimacy there have become clear. Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh began to lose control over areas.

The Libyans began to win battles against terrorist organizations that are supported by Qatar and terrorist groups have been expelled from Benghazi. Without Qatar’s support, terrorist groups would fall everywhere as cutting fund supplies eliminates terrorism.

The four boycotting countries are aware that they are walking a path from which there is no return. They know that to guarantee results they must deal with the crisis according to their own agenda and timing and not according to Qatar’s reactions. They are also aware of the disruption, which some of Qatar’s regional allies are behind and they are preparing for the phase beyond Qatar.

Assessing repercussions

This phase is represented in a strategy with practical steps that is aware of the scale of the confrontation and of the magnitude of decisions, which will be taken. The next enemy after Qatar must bear the repercussions of his decisions, policies and visions before and after the Qatari crisis erupted. This enemy is represented in any party that is still politically manipulating others to get the best conditions while it is living through a state of imbalance in the region.

Iranian support to Qatar is a foregone conclusion. Iran is going through its worst days after it lost its ally Barack Obama who supported Tehran and the Muslim Brotherhood. Turkey’s interference in the crisis with Qatar and announcing the establishment of a Turkish military base in Qatar is a major escalation by Turkey and it jeopardizes the latter’s interests with the boycotting countries. It is a flagrant bias that does not reflect the Turkish decision makers’ good intentions toward the boycotting countries.

Turkey has many domestic, regional and international challenges. It needs to create more allies and not enemies in the region and the world. It is not in its interest to show the international community that it’s a supporter of terrorism whether it’s represented in groups or countries.

Finally, it is wrong for the Qatari decision makers to be blind to the reality of the political crisis with their close neighbors and to resort to unreliable experiences that depend on media outlets for protection.

These tools, primarily the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and ISIS television channel Al Jazeera, have lost their spark and their aims and defects have been exposed. This is in addition to the websites affiliated with Qatar and the silly accounts on social media platforms.

This article is also available in Arabic.
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Abdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi is a Saudi writer and researcher. He is a member of the board of advisors at Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center. He tweets under @abdullahbjad.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 12 July 2017 KSA 15:01 - GMT 12:01
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