Since the beginning of the boycott of Qatar, we have observed significant events that would not have been witnessed had this historic and courageous decision not been taken.
The decision has put an end to Qatari policies of creating confusion and sedition, support for terrorist entities and attempts to overthrow regimes in more than one Gulf country, which constitute merely the tip of an iceberg of Qatari policies, which had sprung after the coup of Hamad bin Khalifa against his father.
Hamad bin Khalifa turned the stable state of Qatar into an international center for intelligence agencies, whose task was to support nefarious activities that firstly indulged his ego and aberrant ambitions, and then served to benefit Western institutions.
Indeed the Obama-Muslim Brotherhood project dubbed as the ‘Arab Spring’, which has been supported by the Government of Hamad, is blatant proof of all the calamitous consequences that still lie before us, in the destruction of entire nations, the killing of millions of innocent people and a fallout that is still unfolding.
One of the advantages of the boycott has been the dramatic collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood. This organization had penetrated some of the vitals of the homeland, turning our peaceful and harmonized society against itself with the spread of hate speeches and extremism among people.
The Muslim Brotherhood thrives and flourishes only in an environment of discord and contention, as it uses religion for the purpose of polarizationDr Ahmad al-Farraj
Environment of discord
The Muslim Brotherhood thrives and flourishes only in an environment of discord and contention, as it uses religion for the purpose of polarization.
But all of its efforts have come to naught and the organization stands discredited as it faces public opprobrium. The Saudi faction of the Muslim Brotherhood stood against its own country, fiercely attacking Saudi national media and symbols.
It is worth highlighting that the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood wasn’t at the hands of the enlightened class, i.e. the intellectuals, the writers and the media, but it was the decision of the Saudi people who opposed the organization’s use of religion to denigrate them, and this in itself is a great national achievement.
It’s pretty obvious that the Saudi faction of the Muslim Brotherhood is witnessing its worst days. The Qatari crisis has exposed their position toward their country as they supported Qatar’s plans to divide the homeland. The Gulf crisis exposed their schemes and plans for the region as well as their relationship with Qatar and their support for subversive activities against Saudi Arabia.
Their social media pages had turned into paid ads, fostering incitement and spreading chaos on the orders of Qatar. Some of its exponents eventually fled the scene as they could not face the barrage of seething questions from the Saudi people who had laid bare their plans and pestered them with inquiries, for which there were no answers.
As for their ambassador, whose ambitions were dashed by the Qatar boycott, found that his pen had finally run dry and could no longer fudge or falsify the truth, manipulate people or prevaricate on various fronts.
While we had predicted the fall of the Saudi faction of the Muslim Brotherhood, we had not expected it to happen so quickly and by popular consent. So our thanks and gratitude go to this blessed boycott.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Dr Ahmad al-Farraj is a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah daily. He holds a Masters degree in literature from the University of Indiana and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. He was the Dean of the Arabic Language Institute in King Saud University and a member of the university’s council. He tweets under @amhfarraj.