The Qatari crisis has brought the spotlight back to some individuals who had faded from the political scene, foremost being the former Qatari emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, who handed over the reins of power to his son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani four years ago.
According to Foreign Policy magazine however, Hamad is the one who rules Qatar not his son Sheikh Tamim.
In a report titled ‘The Palace Intrigue at the Heart of the Qatar Crisis’, Qatar specialist and researcher Simon Henderson exposes the conspiracy brewing around Doha, and how Hamad forcefully went back to ruling following the current crisis despite his son Tamim’s will.
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The latter was personally seeking to work on the demands of the Gulf and other Arab countries.
Father Hamad’s prejudices
On the other hand, the father Hamad, who was described as “very hateful” of Saudi Arabia and “mad” at the UAE and Bahrain, is looking at the demands very subjectively, based on his mood and prior prejudices against these countries.
The disappearance of Tamim and the appearance of former prime minister and foreign minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al- Thani, has aroused suspicions of the goings on in Doha.
The fact that Hamad bin Jassim currently talks about Qatari media as if he is back in his former position as foreign minister exposes Qatar’s bluff, and its support of terrorist groups to feed its deep-rooted ill feelings and issues with other Arab countries is quite evident.
Hamad, who is unpopular and not credible due to many past incidents and due to his behavior with elders, is known to be the go-to man for internationally wanted criminals.
Those keenly following the playing out of this major crisis are of the opinion that there seems to be no way out for the Gulf and Arab states than to expose and counter this policy emanating out of Doha of supporting and funding terror in the neighborhood and the region.