Why has Qatar turned its back on GCC policies?

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

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Qatar is a brotherly country that has turned its back on more than two decades of brotherly policies with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It put almost all the GCC countries in the face of inciting policies that serve destruction purposes and it did so via its media outlets and social media networks and through training, supporting and planting cells to sow chaos in more than one country.

We will not thoroughly engage in the details of these two decades but we will review what happened following the events of what was falsely called the Arab Spring. Qatar used all its media outlets to support chaotic movements in some Arab countries that witnessed revolutions in 2011, such as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and others. It did that to support the terrorist organization of the Brotherhood and its branches.

Qatar, like its ally the Brotherhood, was overwhelmingly happy with these revolutions and thought it would be freed from the weak political status and become a superpower overnight. Qatar was deluded like the Brotherhood was deluded when it thought it was capable of toppling countries and be sovereign over the world. A weak party’s ecstasy usually exposes plots rather than grants the ability to achieve aims.

The weakness in Qatar’s policy lies in its great ambition, which is accompanied with weak capabilities. This is not wise. After the three summits were held in Saudi Arabia, Qatar surprisingly spoke against the summits’ decisions as Qatari media outlets attacked the brotherly country of Bahrain and defended Shiite terrorists and Iran’s agents saying they had a rightful cause. It therefore proved that it still adopts a hostile policy against Bahrain. It also defended these movements during the disturbances in Bahrain after 2011. O, why Qatar?

Gulf countries and the United Arab Emirates will not forget Qatar’s support to shake stability via sabotaging institutions such as Alkarama Foundation and the Academy of Change which have been active at using some citizens to serve chaotic purposes and how it supported all of the Brotherhood branches in the Gulf. Qatar supported them, gave them funds, supported their news websites, opened study centers for them and granted citizenships to some of them for the sole purpose of shaking security and stability.

The weakness in Qatar’s policy lies in its great ambition, which is accompanied with weak capabilities

Abdullah Bin Bijad al-Otaibi

End of Brotherhood rule

This was after the 2011 developments; however, Qatar was extremely shocked in 2013 when the Egyptian people and army toppled the Brotherhood rule. Back then, Saudi Arabia and the UAE took a historical stance in supporting Egypt. The Brotherhood’s dream was shattered and so were Qatar’s policies.

Qatar then increased its chaotic practices and began to broadcast live interviews by Egyptian Brotherhood figures whom it granted a citizenship as they attacked the UAE and its symbols and leaders. It also broadcast the Brotherhood’s attacks from Egypt in a manner that is inappropriate on the level of relations with other countries particularly with brotherly ones.

The Brotherhood was deluded that the Saudi-Emirati alliance will weaken after the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, may he rest in peace. The surprise was that this alliance only became stronger with King Salman and the new Saudi leadership. The Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen was established and Saudis and Emiratis scarified their lives in Yemen.

The coalition reached an unprecedented historical level so the Brotherhood and Qatar tried to drive a wedge between the two strong allies in Yemen. Qatar sided by Iran’s agents in Yemen even if it expressed formal sympathy. In 2014, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar to protest the latter’s hostile policies and after Sheikh Sabah mediated, Sheikh Tammim pledged not to adopt these policies again but he did not commit to that.

Qatar must know that experience is sometimes deceitful when it makes someone repeat the same mistake in completely different circumstances. The world today is heading in the direction of adopting policies and practices that restrain Iran, the Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and ISIS. The decision maker must know where he stands otherwise the situation will escalate.

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.

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