The great ongoing and upcoming war in the Middle East is against the governance of the jurist in Iran. The Iranian regime has followed a strategy of destruction, chaos and support for terrorism to serve larger aims such as imposing influence and domination on Arab countries in particular.
The two major Arab countries confronting Iran’s projects are Saudi Arabia and Egypt – in addition to their allies. Iran has targeted their security and stability. In Saudi Arabia, Iran supported al-Qaeda and ISIS to carry out terrorist attacks and supported terrorism in the eastern region. It also supported terrorism in Bahrain, Kuwait and in Yemen via al-Qaeda and the Houthi militias with the sole purpose of destabilizing Saudi Arabia.
In Egypt, Iran supported all terrorist groups either directly or through Hezbollah and the Hamas Movement. One of the streets in Tehran is named after Khalid Islambouli, the murderer of Anwar al-Sadat. Iran also uses stamps to commemorate Sayyid Qutb, the most famous preacher of modern terrorism. Iran’s official rhetoric is still very hostile against Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
This great war requires calm preparations and patience. Cold wars include victories and defeats. Iran’s strongest allies in the region are the Muslim Brotherhood, the terrorist organizations which branched from it and regional countries in support of them.
Before winning major wars, purging the domestic front, uniting the ranks and guaranteeing wide international support are a must. The three Riyadh summits thus paved way for major changes in the region and the world, and Qatar’s crisis marks the first step in this new direction.
Qatari leaders have been groomed and mentored by the Muslim Brotherhood. Its policies, funds and soft power aim to serve themAbdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi
The Qatar crisis
Many Arab and foreign analysts misread the Qatari crisis because they failed to look at the bigger picture with all its significant dimensions. This is why all western and Gulf mediations failed – especially that they thought it’s a passing crisis that can be easily overcome via simple mediations.
Qatar resorted to support from Iran and Turkey to prolong the crisis and escalate it and add a regional and international dimension to the dilemma so it finds a way out. The Qatari decision maker tried to ignore the fact that others are closely monitoring his policies and how he spends his money.
It is careless for a political leader to think that he can resolve a crisis by buying a football player or a channel or by supporting a daily or a news website instead of making political decisions. Anything that does not involve altering policies completely is obvious deceit that no one buys.
In order to defeat Iran, it is a must to defeat its allies in the region, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and countries that support it. The biggest modern supporter is Qatar, the Arab and Gulf country whose leaders have been willingly biased toward every destructive project that harms Arab countries and their people. As the Qatari crisis enters its second month, the situation has improved in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
Terrorism, and organizations and militias that use it as a tool, have weakened without Qatar’s billions. In later phases, an open war must be fought on the domestic, regional and international fronts to eliminate political Islamist groups, mainly the Brotherhood and groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir, Sururism and others who have different names but share the same principles and aims as they all want to attain power and dominate governance at any price.
For the past eight decades, the Brotherhood has been a key player in sabotaging Arab countries and shaking their stability and security. The Brotherhood established branches in several countries in the east and the west and it owns legal entities, charity organizations and media outlets in western countries. These entities and institutions cover up the Brotherhood’s crimes and its ideological and organizational links to terrorist groups.
There are two countries in support of the Brotherhood and political Islam. One of them is Qatar and the battle with it has begun against it. The other has the choice to back down from the radical project and look after its interests with Arab countries and the international community away from supporting radical groups and terrorism.
The Sudanese model is the best example as in the past Khartoum supported radical and terrorist organizations and gained nothing at all. It is now returned to the Arab fold. Saudi Arabia, as an international center of gravity and through its many alliances, is paving way for Sudan to return to the international community as an ordinary state.
The Muslim Brotherhood
Qatari leaders have been groomed and mentored by the Muslim Brotherhood and its icons. Its policies, funds and soft power aim to serve the Brotherhood. If we look at Qatar’s policies during the past 20 years, we cannot even differentiate between Qatar and the Brotherhood.
The way Doha deals with its citizens clarifies this idea as the sate ignored their interests and ignored building a future for the upcoming generations and instead spent billions on Brotherhood terrorist groups via methods the resemble the mafias’ or gangs’. Qatar treats its own citizens as second-class citizens while the first class citizens are those who serve its project and who fully support it, like terrorist and radical movements do.
Regarding citizenship, the Qatari nationality is distributed to terrorists and radicals around the world while thousands of Qataris are being deprived of their nationality and expelled from the country without due respect for their rights of belonging to their homeland.
This is happening because the decision maker is not a national leader but an ideological leader that loves and supports those who serve his project even if they are in the end of the world and that punishes his citizens based on uncertainties and expels them because he does not value the concept of a homeland.
The great struggle which the region is witnessing, and which is being prepared for calmly and carefully, is not against Qatar but against sectarianism and radical movements, against Iran’s expansive and sectarian project and against the expansive radical and authoritarian project. Qatar is only one step of the way.
If we observe Saudi political moves, we realize they have succeeded in defeating Iran in several parts of the world and that they will force Iran to worry about its domestic affairs and abandon ambitions to expand and impose influence. The Saudi crown prince has stated this more than once.
This article is also available in Arabic.
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.