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Why is Qatar holding on to a newspaper clipping

The Washington Post published a report claiming that the Emiratis were the ones who hacked the Qatari news agency and published news pieces – as the Qataris allege – which sparked the crisis with the four countries.

No official sources confirmed this report but the Qatari authorities rushed to circulate it. Its satellite channels and dailies republished it and reported it like it was conclusive evidence that will get Qatar out of the trouble or rather the dilemma for which the Hamads, i.e. Emir Tamim and his father Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, are responsible.

The Qataris’ celebration of a newspaper report that was not confirmed by any official sources is proof of weakness and it clearly indicates that they sense they are in real trouble which they don’t know how to overcome.

This is why they viewed the news report as a “victory” and used it as conclusive evidence although it’s nothing more than a report that could be right or wrong.

By the way, the daily itself noted that the report was not confirmed by any official or intelligence sources. 

Weak stance 

The joy that the Qatari authorities found in this report confirms that they feel their stance is weak, especially as wise citizens began to ask: “What will we, as Qatari citizens, benefit from Hamad’s conspiracies and adventures that are as clear as day in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt? Can a small country like Qatar bear the price of these absurd practices and support terrorism when the entire world is determined to pursue it, fight it and seekto dry up its funding?”

Resorting to a news report in a daily and using it as conclusive evidence rather than as a piece that is probably right or wrong – as a Qatari who complained to me said – was not meant for people abroad or to other Gulf countries, but rather directed to the Qatari people who began to complain of the Hamad’s irrational and childish political acts and of squandering money to accomplish ambitions that are closer to madness. There are reports which confirm that Emir Tamim, to whom his father handed over but who’s actually an emir with no real powers, is very upset with what’s happening and is completely against these mad practices which no sane man approves of.

The joy that the Qatari authorities found in this report confirms that they feel their stance is weak, especially as wise citizens began to ask: “What will we, as Qatari citizens, benefit from Hamad’s conspiracies and adventures that are as clear as day in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt? Can a small country like Qatar bear the price of these absurd practices and support terrorism when the entire world is determined to pursue it, fight it and seek to dry up its funding?”

Mohammed Al Shaikh


The reports added that Tamim and his mother despise Hamad bin Jassem bin Jaber and hold him directly responsible for the dilemma, the repercussions of which worsen with time.

The Hamad’s confusion while confronting the alliance of four countries comprising Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain and their insistence not to be responsive are allegedly matched by desperate and secret attempts in which they (Tamim and his father) are willing to accept the demands of the four boycotting countries. They are willing to do so in secret but not publicly. 

Lost faith  

The Gulf countries and Egypt began to lose faith in Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who is Qatar’s real ruler. Their previous work with him confirmed to them that he is untruthful and an evasive man who does not keep his word.

This time the four countries will not agree to restore normalcy unless the demands, particularly the list of 13 demands which they submitted to Qatar last month, are publicly approved before the entire world.

He who feels lonely and isolated without any friends or relatives in a barren desert deals with a mirage like it is water. This is the Qataris’ reality these days.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Mohammed Al Shaikh is a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah newspaper. He tweets @alshaikhmhmd

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Last Update: Sunday, 23 July 2017 KSA 14:58 - GMT 11:58
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