Saud al-Qahtani, an advisor in the Saudi royal court, has said that Saudi Arabia and its allies will announce a black list that includes all of Qatar’s agents in the four boycotting countries and in Arab countries and the world. His statement was welcomed by the UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash.
One cannot win any battle without isolating the fifth column consisting of agents and traitors and without preventing them from influencing citizens or harming national security to serve enemies’ agendas and conspiracies. This is a key orientation that will have a great effect in harming the hostile propaganda against the four boycotting countries.
It is not acceptable under any circumstances to keep silent over Iran’s, Qatar’s and the Brotherhood’s agents’ attempts to sow divisions and destroy national unity, and they must be stopped. Throughout history, nations and people have despised traitors, legally criminalized them and punished them. In Gulf and Arab countries, there are agents and traitors who belong to ideological fundamentalist terrorist movements.
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Some of them belong to the Iranian sectarian project and some of them belong to a fundamentalist terrorist one. Some are traitors because they are just after money and Qatari prestige. It is the moment of truth and time for accountability.
The declared mercenaries of Qatar, like Azmi Bishara, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Mohammad Al Ahmari, Mohammad Ash-Shinqitee and others, must be on top of the black list. All terror movements, organizations and icons blacklisted by the four boycotting countries and everyone who serves the Qatari project in these countries or promotes Qatar’s policies or supports Qatar’s stance in any way whatsoever must be added to the list.
Punishing this fifth column does not mean being unjust to anyone or unfairly treating a citizen or a resident. It means legal accountability and punishing whoever deserves to be punishedAbdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi
Some may be excused due to their ignorance, and others may be excused because they have been deceived during the past few years. However, what’s their excuse now after facts became clear and conspiracies detailing dates, names and numbers were exposed?
This is no longer based on analyses, which some writers and experts concluded years ago but everything is now based on accurate information and government decisions and official stances. So is it acceptable to accept that trick of strategic silence or to excuse ignorance or deception?
There are also those defending the Qatari command’s betrayal and conspiracies and calling for reconciling and decreasing measures against it without demanding Qatar to acknowledge or apologize or amend any of its destructive policies. These are all agents and their cases must be legally and judicially addressed.
Qatar always had agents in the four boycotting countries, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, the rest of the Arab and Gulf states and even in some western countries and across the entire world. Some of them represent political and cultural symbols and belong to leftist and nationalist movements while some belong to political Islam movements and organizations.
Their treason and conspiracies helped them make fortunes and gain fake popularity. These people must be exposed so people can all learn who they are. Hiding behind the concept of McCarthyism is no longer useful to avoid making necessary national decisions.
Even the most democratic countries do not allow any activity by a fifth column that is affiliated with the enemy and that conspires with it. They do not accept it under any excuse or justification. Laws, traditions and religions reject this category of people which punishment is a must.
Punishing this fifth column does not mean being unjust to anyone or unfairly treating a citizen or a resident. It means legal accountability and punishing whoever deserves to be punished.
Finally, anyone who has been involved in these conspiracies must take the initiative himself and inform the relevant authorities of what he’s done to exonerate himself.
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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.