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Qatar’s spins and maneuvers

Officials in Qatar wake up every day waiting for one thing: a decision to suspend the boycott which the four countries, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt imposed. Up until now, they do not believe that this boycott has in fact happened. They’re also incapable for comprehending that the boycott will go on and will not stop unless Qatar alters it behavior and policies and becomes a positive player in the region. No one wants it under anyone’s sovereignty and no one has the time to be its guardian as each has his plans, projects and concerns. Who would want to find a little naughty boy to be his guardian?

Qatar is trying to shift facts and confuse issues. This is the approach it’s adopted to confront the matter in front of its people and the rest of the world. So far, Qatar’s statements have been reflected endless projections as they’ve said the boycotting countries do not fight terrorism and accused them of funding terrorism. It also said the boycotting countries are the reason behind terrorism and it promoted the theory they’re behind the September 11, 2001 attacks. Qatar is making absurd accusations against the four boycotting countries and the world has realized this now as Qatar speaks and makes accusations without presenting a single proof that backs its allegations.

Letting Qatar live in its illusions seems logical as it does not want to listen to anyone. Qatar is actually the country that is trespassing its limits with other countries and this is something that no one will accept.

Arab countries’ belief in the fairness of their causes and the accuracy of their stance make them strong and steadfast in terms of the decision they’ve taken despite all the lies propagated via the media and some international pressures. These countries are not playing around or making false accusations against Qatar, and they’re not politically childish like Qatar to make such a major boycotting decision without thoroughly studying it and considering all possible scenarios and expectations. This is what Qatar cannot comprehend, let alone do.

Qatar is trying to shift facts and confuse issues.

Mohammed Al-Hammadi

Everything around Qatar is active while Doha is standing still and spinning around itself while repeating the same old tune against Egypt and against President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. It’s under the illusion that if it continuously targets Egypt and harms the Egyptian command, the reality will change. However even if Qatar plays all its cards, it will not be able to harm Egypt as its status is very high and it will not be affected by childish games that are not only clear to the Egyptian elite and ordinary people but also to simple Egyptians as they are well-aware now that Qatar targets Egypt’s political, economic and media activity. Egypt after the boycott decision is completely different than Egypt before the boycott. Before the decision was taken, Egypt complained of Qatar but today it’s practically acting to confront Qatar’s destructive actions against it. Qatar will be really surprised in the upcoming days especially that Egypt is not alone as three honest and respectable brothers, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, are with it and they will not give up on one another until the mission is accomplished and until they end Qatar’s harmful and evil acts against them and against the rest of Arab states and until it completely stops supporting and funding terrorism and harboring terrorists.

Qatar continues to spin around itself by repeating its inciting media statements against the four countries and by adopting peaceful rhetoric towards terrorism, violence and extremism. It also claims others are being unjust towards it and says the four boycotting countries have harmed it. Qatar is still looking for legal measures to use against these countries as it’s hoping to find something that may convict them. It did this in the past but didn’t succeed so does it think that it will succeed today after the rules of the game have changed?

This article was first published in Arabic.

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Mohammed Al-Hammadi is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper and Executive Director of editing and publishing at the Abu Dhabi Media Company. He founded and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arabic edition of National Geographic magazine, and has held numerous positions in journalism since joining Al Ittihad in 1994. Al-Hammadi has been a columnist for more than 15 years, including writing a daily column for seven years and producing a weekly political column in Al Ittihad since 2001. He has also worked as a parliamentary editor for seven years, covering the proceedings of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to being an active participant on social networks, Al-Hammadi has an interest in new media and is currently working on a project to ease the transition from traditional to digital and smart media. Al-Hammadi has received numerous awards and is a member of a number of organizations and federations. He features regularly in broadcast media as a regional political commentator and has authored several books including Time of Ordeal (2008), The UAE Democracy (2009) and The Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood (2016). Twitter: @MEalhammadi

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Last Update: Saturday, 29 July 2017 KSA 09:30 - GMT 06:30
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