The crisis with Qatar has provided political analysts with irrefutable evidence related to the void, which has led to nurturing of terrorism, its groups and members for two decades. The rise of media and social media has enhanced the extent of this challenge.
The dispute with Qatar is not about economic or social affairs or about judging positions and evaluating solutions. It is due to a regime that aims to destabilize countries, topple regimes and intends to geographically divide Saudi Arabia and other countries.
In the past three weeks, Arabs have become privy to shocking recordings related to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain laying bare plots to manipulate security. This is in addition to recordings on Egypt as journalist Amr Adib says. All this evidence exposes Qatar’s conspiracies against its neighboring and brotherly countries, which Doha has had ties and agreements with.
The fourth article of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s charter states the Council’s most significant goal, which is “achieving coordination and integration among member countries in all fields in order to achieve unity between them.” The second article stated “deepening and strengthening ties, relations and cooperation among the people of member countries in all fields.”
This announcement has been tantamount to a lifeline for Gulf countries from regional and international challenges. It protected small countries from being swallowed and protected them from greedy ambitions. Let’s imagine how Kuwait’s situation would have been in 1990 without the GCC countries’ cooperation.
Imagine how it would have been for Bahrain in 2011. The GCC has thus provided vivid activity and strong cooperation. Despite people’s high expectations from the council, the latter provided a lot on the social and institutional levels.
The situation is now difficult for Qatar. There is no way out but to return to the Arab fold and to the axis of moderation or it can clearly and frankly announce that it chose to join the Iranian axis and ally with Hezbollah, the Popular Mobilization, al-Qaeda, ISIS and al-Nusra FrontTurki Aldakhil
Stab in the back
The problem, however, is for the GCC to have been infiltrated for the past 20 years. Providing Iran with information and standing with terrorism against the Bahraini people is a historical and unprecedented stab in the back. A country like Qatar has intervened to harbor terrorists from al-Qaeda organization and supply them with more than $64 billion.
It gave Zarqawi a house and a Qatari passport. It supports dozens of fighters including Abdullah al-Muhaysini, al-Qaeda’s mufti in Syria and financially and logistically supports him although he’s wanted by Saudi Arabia.
It then worked with the Arab coalition in Yemen but instead of serving the purpose of restoring legitimacy there, it cooperated with the Houthis whose father and symbol Badreddine al-Houthi thanked Qatar in 2010 for its continuous support. It also continuously supplied the Iranian regime, which supports the Houthis and the rebels, with information.
Few days ago, former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassem stated that countries should look at Qatar as “their small brother.” It is as if he is calling for forgetting that phase considering that the Qatari policy “included mistakes,” as he put it. However, his statements did not include any apology or clarification or justification. When Tamim assumed power, major leaders thought he will do a good job.
They gave him a chance that extended for three years, however, Yemen’s developments, Qatar’s continuous support of al-Qaeda organization and the Muslim Brotherhood and its protection and naturalization of enemies of Gulf countries and their people’s interests shattered all hopes of good intentions. It turned out that nothing has changed.
The situation is now difficult for Qatar. There is no way out but to return to the Arab fold and to the axis of moderation or it can clearly and frankly announce that it chose to join the Iranian axis and ally with Hezbollah, the Popular Mobilization, al-Qaeda, ISIS and al-Nusra Front.
The picture will then be clear for the region’s countries and there would be no need to have two faces or to bet on the policy of “contradictions” which the father emir had devised with his old team.
If the Qatari regime continues to be divisive, the hopes to end Arab political crises will fade. It is all about Qatar’s desire to return to their natural space, i.e. to the Arab Gulf societies and not the Persian society.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.