To some, truth is not important. What’s important is what can be shown to people. This is what Doha is trying to do. It has fabricated facts like the case is with the recent documentary that forged the details of Hamad’s coup on his father and alleged there was a conspiracy to bring the father back to power.
Since the coup was a scandal that undermines the legitimacy of the current governance, I never thought Qatar’s government will bring up its recent history especially that Qatar has the worst reputation in the Gulf. Its reputation is so bad that it’s actually difficult to whitewash it with forged documentaries and false testimonies especially that most witnesses are still alive. The government’s reputation is much worse as apart from the coup, it’s allied with Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front, Bin Laden and Golani.
The documentary began with narrating the biography of Sheikh Hamad who governs Qatar from behind the curtains. The tragedy began in 1995 when the son seized his father’s governance, shaking the entire Gulf, and not just the Qatari, society. Hamad bin Khalifa’s new story says three countries came together, conspired against him and tried to stage a coup the next year.
In 1996 and for the next seven years, Qatar was only protected by a small defense force and the police. Qatar is a city state whose population at the time did not exceed 0.5 million, of whom one quarter were Qataris. It would not have been difficult for a large neighboring state, like Saudi Arabia, to intervene if it wanted to, but it didn't. The rest of the Gulf countries did the same as the Gulf Cooperation Council charter governs the six countries that are linked to each other geographically and tribally. If these countries wanted to change the regime in Qatar, they could have easily done so. Legally speaking, legitimacy was for the father Khalifa whom his son treacherously eliminated from power. Gulf countries, however, did not intervene and only tried to contain the dispute between the father and the son and to settle it in a friendly manner. When Abu Dhabi hosted the father, it asked him to respect its laws and not practice any political activity. Riyadh did the same. I met Sheikh Khalifa, the angry and hurt father, in his hotel suite in Abu Dhabi back then when I was working on a movie about the Kuwait invasion. I was meeting him because the deposed emir had played a role in Kuwait’s liberation. Abu Dhabi did not want us to talk about the coup during the interview.
Not a difficult task
Why has Hamad decided to produce a documentary that alleges he was the target of Saudi-Emirati-Bahraini conspiracies?Abdulrahman al-Rashed