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Qatar and the two Koreas’ experience

The Qataris say: Why don’t we take the two Koreas experience as a model and sit for dialogue and solve our problems as they did? Let us rationally address this comparison and its differences.

North Korea has nuclear power and its large population as a bargaining chip while South Korea has one of the world’s top 10 economies. Peace between them was thus justified and encouraged by mutual interests.

Qatar, however, has nothing but a satellite television channel, so the question here is: How could this small and marginal crisis be compared to that other crisis which was about to spark a third world war?

Exploiting wealth

Qatar is destined to go back to its Arab and Gulf depth but it must be disciplined for its own benefit and the benefit of its people first and then for the interests of Gulf states.

The ruling regime thinks that it can become an influential regional force thanks to its wealth. To achieve this illusion, it adopted the approach of harming others.

For Qatar to solve its problem, it has to go back to rationality and be politically realistic. It should realize that it is losing on all levels while its opponents are not losing anything worth mentioning.

For Qatar to solve its problem, it has to go back to rationality and be politically realistic. It should realize that it is losing on all levels while its opponents are not losing anything worth mentioning

Mohammed Al Shaikh

The core of the problem is Qatar’s adoption of the Muslim Brotherhood, which all terrorist movements emerged from. The Brotherhood organization may have been an element that helped gain popularity in the past, however, after it was defeated in the so-called bloody Arab revolutions, it turned into an ill and exhausted pack that cannot keep up with the rest of the herd.

There is no salvation for Qatar and a solution for its crisis except by ending its support of the group and no longer financing it. Ending this support, if it is carried out with true intentions, would be a serious and important step to minimize the gap between Qatar and its neighbors.

Blackmailing neighbors

The masters of the regime of Hamad bin Khalifa and Hamad bin Jassim, which governs Qatar must realize that what was successful yesterday in blackmailing its neighbors through media outlets, has now become, probably one of the main reasons behind its crisis which it does not know how to get out of.

This crisis is also draining it on all levels and it is not getting anything in return of this major exhaustion. Politics, in many cases, sometimes call on one to accept the smallest harm to avoid a greater one.

Qatar, however, is ruled by what is called there the father emir, i.e. Hamad bin Khalifa, who is a mentally unstable man who no longer trusts even his closest associates so he hired a Turkish force to protect him from any coup, especially that the history of the ruling family there is full of coups and power struggles.

According to the news I have heard from inside Qatar, the Qataris are pessimistic and assert to anyone who asks them about their circumstances that the problem revolves around the father emir.

They await for his death as a solution to their crisis, especially that he is unwell and suffers from different health problems. They say that his death would give Emir Tamim the opportunity to regain power and repair what his father has corrupted.

The question the Qataris avoid answering is: What if he lives for long and continues with this this stubbornness and arrogance and continues to squander Qatar’s wealth? Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said: If the US transfers its base from Qatar to another country, the regime would fall within a week.

There is no solution for Qatar and its crisis except to cut it short and accept the conditions of Saudi Arabia and the boycotting countries.

Qatar should remember that it is not North Korea and no one will support it and oppose the other four boycotting countries, which are 10 times stronger. This is the truth that the Qataris must keep in mind.

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: Monday, 7 May 2018 KSA 13:39 - GMT 10:39
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