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Tamim’s speech and the missing wisdom

This time, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim’s speech was aired successfully after a previous attempt by Al-Jazeera, at the beginning of the crisis, had failed. Back then, a part of the speech was aired and then suspended halfway through without any comments or clarifications.

Sheikh Tamim’s speech was almost void of any valuable stance regarding the current crisis that is a result of Qatar’s destructive policy and continuous support of terrorism. Sheikh Tamim spoke like he’s unaware of the crisis’ consequences and of the pressure which the boycott exerts on him and on decision makers in Doha.

How can we comprehend that a political leader made an appearance to speak about attracting investments when his country is going through an unprecedented boycott, and by whom? A boycott by the closest brothers, i.e. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. Not only that, but his people are also suffering to enjoy a decent living due to his policies!

In his speech, he spoke about Qatar and how it’s internationally well-known for fighting terrorism. This stubbornness is both funny and sad! Qatar has provided terrorists across the world with all forms of support but its emir wants to deny all this via a statement in a short, simple speech. This shows that Qatar does not comprehend the gravity and seriousness of the crisis and does not understand that burying heads in the sand does not solve crises.

It would’ve been better if he spoke about the victories of the Arab coalition in Yemen after Qatar was expelled from it (the coalition) and failed to betray it there. Or it would’ve been better if he spoke about the victories against terrorism in Libya and which was completely supported by Qatar or about the defeat of ISIS in Mosul and pursuing it in ar-Raqqah. All this happened before the crisis with Qatar completed its second month. This is what he should have talked about and answered for.

The four countries’ demands were publicly announced and what was later added to them was also announced so why didn’t he directly respond to them if he does not have anything to hide?

Abdullah Bin Bijad al-Otaibi

No explanation

Why didn’t he explain to his people why his brothers are hostile to him? Why didn’t he explain why the Qatari people feel outcast in their religious, tribal, cultural and social environment in the Gulf? Who did this to the Qataris? Why didn’t he speak about foolish ambitions to hijack the legacy of prominent men or about the conspiracies which the Qatari command schemed against neighbors and brothers? Why didn’t he respond to the leaks and documents that scandalize the Qatari command and expose it in front of the Qataris and others? A traitor does not like to speak about treason!

Why didn’t he explain to the Qatari and Gulf people why Qatar gathered all the world’s terrorists in Doha? Why didn’t he explain to them why Qatar spends on them double what it spends on its own people? Why didn’t he expose Qatar’s conspiratorial role against its neighbors? How many did it kill, injure and harm? How much destruction has it caused? How much did it interfere in the internal affairs of its neighbors? Such discussions are not desirable because they show the size of conspiracies and treason.

A real leader acknowledges and justifies his policies, strongly defends his stances and explains the causes and effects. However, Sheikh Tamim did not do any of this and he just extended a cold and meaningless invitation to negotiate the demands of the boycotting countries.

The four countries’ demands were publicly announced and what was later added to them was also announced so why didn’t he directly respond to them if he does not have anything to hide? These are simply the tricks of an incapable man, no more no less.

An Arab proverb says: The mountain went into labor and gave birth to a mouse! This in fact describes Tamim’s speech. Such an approach in managing the crisis will not lead to any solution but it will prolong the crisis and worsen its consequences. This is all a result of the absence of wisdom.

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, 26 July 2017 KSA 14:26 - GMT 11:26
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