Qatar: The next Yemen?

Dame_Enda

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain (and it is rumoured soon Egypt) have announced they are withdrawing diplomatic relations with Qatar. It follows reports in recent days that the Kingdom and UAE were engaged in a whispering campaign against the country, including accusations its ruler is an Israeli sympathiser, or an ISIS sympathiser. A Libyan commander has also accused Qatar of financing mercenaries in his country.

https://apnews.com/26006a0441e5480088d1616ead314528/The-Latest:-Saudi-Arabia-cuts-diplomatic-ties-to-Qatar?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Bahrain's justification is:

The ministry’s statement said Qatari citizens needed to leave Bahrain within two weeks and that air and sea traffic between the two countries would be halted. It wasn’t immediately clear how that would affect Qatar Airways, one of the region’s major long-haul carriers.

Bahrain blamed Qatar’s “media incitement, support for armed terrorist activities and funding linked to Iranian groups to carry out sabotage and spreading chaos in Bahrain” for its decision.
Incidentally Qatar is 20% Shia.

The Saudis are saying:

...Saudi Arabia said the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from what it described as terrorism and extremism. The kingdom also pulled all Qatari troops from the ongoing war in Yemen.

The official state news agency, citing an official source, said Saudi Arabia had decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar “proceeding from the exercise of its sovereign right guaranteed by international law and the protection of national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”.

Saudi Arabia cut all land air and sea contacts with Qatar “and urges all brotherly countries and companies to do the same.”....
Qatar is also resented for hosting Al Jazeera. While the channel will be known as the one that showed all those beheaddings, it also has Western non Muslim reporters and has irritated the Gulf monarchies by providing a platform to criticise their human rights and other records. Some years ago the Saudis threatened to blockade Qatar by 'land, air and sea' if Al Jazeera wasnt shut down.

So will this blow over or escalate into yet another inter-Arab conflict?
 
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Al Jazeera serves the interests of the CIA and the whims of the emir of Qatar.

Hillary Clinton described it as a great news channel, having previously (before the CIA got their hands on it) demonised the channel. Certainly suspicious if Hillary is all for it. That **** doesn't make public statements like that if it doesn't serve US geopolitical interests not to mention lining the pockets of her backers and herself in some way.

There was a walkout of staff some years ago when it was discovered that the head of the organisation was running stories by a CIA asset for approval.

The completely one sided coverage of the conflict in Libya at the time was certainly a case in point. Completely on message with US interests and those of the Emir who personally hated Gadaffi.

No longer a terribly trustworthy source of news on many key issues.

It's a bit rich the Saudis claiming that Qatar is in with the Israelis and supports terrorists when every dog on the street knows the Saudis bankroll Al Qaeda and numerous other groups who have differing brand names but amount to exactly the same thing and that the Saudis often work in tandem with the Israelis with whom they are actually great pals behind the scene.
 
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As regards the OP, thought this comment on ZH was quite interesting:

What's likely happening is Qatar has had to come to an agreement with Iran to supply their shared offshore gas reserve (North Dome/South Pars) to Indian and Chinese markets, and abandon the Syrian gas pipeline extension to Europe via Syria. Qatar and Iran are essentially producing out of the same massive offshore reserve in the Persian Gulf, and are competing on getting this gas to market.

Back in 2016, Qatar had purchased a 20% stake in Rosneft along with Glencore, so Qatar will get a piece of the profits from the Russian gas dominance in Europe. Qatar cutting a deal would allow Qatar access to Iranian terrestrial pipeline networks into Asia, although likely not at the profit levels they would like if they had full control of the pipeline networks.

Initially Qatar had planned a gas pipeline via Saudi and Syria en route to Europe, which was blocked by Syria back in 2012, and then Russia had officially entered the fray to defend their literal monopoly of the European gas market. Enter ISIS, a Saudi-Qatari-US-Israeli backed private military contractors to overthrow Assad, get a puppet President in who would grant construction rights for the Qatari pipeline. This brute force strategy using foreign backed PMC's have utterly failed with Russian support.

From the other end, the United Slaves of Israel have blocked Iran from building a gas pipeline through the military campaigns in Iraq, thus closing the Meditteranean corridor for Iran. This has forced Iran to focus their attention on supplying the Asian market, most noteably China, who have been purchasing an increasing amount of oil and gas from Iran and Russia, and less and less from Saudi and the other gulf countries. China is doing this to try to force Saudi, Qatar, and the gulf monarchies to accept the Yuan for oil/gas payments instead of USD, and is putting the Gulf monarchies on a collision course with the United Slaves of Israel and threatening the Petrodollar mercantilism racket. Whenever the United Slaves of Israel dollar is threatened, a false flag ensues, and a major military campaign is executed. Iraq and Libya are perfect examples.

As a matter of financial survival, Qatar had to make a deal with Iran since Qatar has been boxed out of the European market directly, and Iran was the biggest obstacle in getting Qatar's and other gulf monarchies oil and liquified natural gas to the two biggest markets in the region -- India, and China.
 

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Al Jazeera serves the interests of the CIA and the whims of the emir of Qatar.

Hillary Clinton described it as a great news channel, having previously (before the CIA got their hands on it) demonised the channel. Certainly suspicious if Hillary is all for it. That **** doesn't make public statements like that if it doesn't serve US geopolitical interests not to mention lining the pockets of her backers and herself in some way.

There was a walkout of staff some years ago when it was discovered that the head of the organisation was running stories by a CIA asset for approval.

The completely one sided coverage of the conflict in Libya at the time was certainly a case in point. Completely on message with US interests and those of the Emir who personally hated Gadaffi.

When did this change ?

All I remember is ...


The US had scored a direct hit on the [Afghan] offices of the Qatar-based TV station Al-Jazeera, leading to speculation that the channel had been targeted deliberately because of its contacts with the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. If true, it opens up a worrying development for news organisations covering wars and conflicts: now they could be targeted simply for reporting a side of the story that one party wants suppressed.
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2001/nov/19/mondaymediasection.afghanistan


BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Al-Jazeera TV says one of its journalists was killed Tuesday when a U.S. airstrike hit a building housing Arab media, the Arab network said.


The reporter, identified as Tariq Ayoub, was carried along the street in a blanket before being placed in the back of an Abu Dhabi TV vehicle and being rushed off for medical treatment.


An Al-Jazeera reporter on-air said he felt, as did his colleagues, the U.S. strike was a deliberate attack against the network, since two missiles hit the building, not one, and that the raid happened at about the same time Abu Dhabi TV offices were hit.


The reporter said he felt this was an attempt to shoot and silence the people who are witnessing crimes against the Iraqi people.


CNN.com - Al-Jazeera reporter killed - Apr. 8, 2003


The Al Jazeera bombing memo is an unpublished memorandum made within the British government which is said to be the minutes of a discussion between United States President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The Daily Mirror published a story on its front page on 22 November 2005 that said the memo quotes Bush speculating about a U.S. bombing raid on Al Jazeera's world headquarters in the Qatari capital Doha and other locations.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Jazeera_bombing_memo
 

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Add the depressed prices for oil and gas to the equation.
Not an unbelievable story.
Where's the world happening again in a few years time?
 

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We should be cutting ties with the Saudis.
 

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Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as I believe I've pointed out in the past on this forum, have been competing with one another for quite some time. An escalation like this isn't at all surprising when one takes that into consideration.
 

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Relations haven't been great since the mini uprising in Bahrain. The Qatari emir refused to send troops to be "cannon fodder". There's also a sense (having actually worked there for a while) that they are undergoing a period of managed change to a more liberal society. Qataris are outnumbered in their own country comprising roughly 20% at the minute, the rest being foreign workers, and this is having an influence on the nationals.
 

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Relations haven't been great since the mini uprising in Bahrain. The Qatari emir refused to send troops to be "cannon fodder". There's also a sense (having actually worked there for a while) that they are undergoing a period of managed change to a more liberal society. Qataris are outnumbered in their own country comprising roughly 20% at the minute, the rest being foreign workers, and this is having an influence on the nationals.
Well, yeah, there's that. However, there's also the fact that Qatar supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (which Saudi Arabia hates with a passion), for example. Partly explains why Sisi is so strongly supported by the Saudis. He's their man.

You see this competition between them in Syria as well. See this article from 2014 for example:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-crisis-qatar-idUSBREA0E1G720140115
 

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Qatar has a record. They are deep pockets for the Fascist movement the Muslim Brotherhood which is of course why the Egyptians don't like them. Would you like a country that was bank rolling neo Nazis in your own country. Hardly, this is blowback for Qatar.
They have also been balls deep with Al Nusra. If you argue that the Brotherhood is not fascist, and you could only do that based on a Halawa first sentiment, then short of bare cheek you could not argue against Al Nusra being called fascist.

Qatar has made it it's business to spread poisonous hate all around the world, including Dublin, and they are now getting caught, if not for it, then at least for something else. May Saudi Arabia be next.
 
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Relations haven't been great since the mini uprising in Bahrain. The Qatari emir refused to send troops to be "cannon fodder". There's also a sense (having actually worked there for a while) that they are undergoing a period of managed change to a more liberal society. Qataris are outnumbered in their own country comprising roughly 20% at the minute, the rest being foreign workers, and this is having an influence on the nationals.
That might be true of the ordinary people but the ruling class call the shots and they are supportive of people who are so far from liberal viewpoints that they are appropriately called far right.

If Al Nusra and the Brotherhood were European try would be called fascist without a hesitation.

I appreciate your point I fear that it applies more to the lower classes and not the ruling class.
 

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As regards the OP, thought this comment on ZH was quite interesting:
Substantially true but the distasteful references to united States of Israel detracted.
 

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On what grounds exactly was that country considered suitable to be awarded the hosting of the 2022 world cup.
 

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Saudi arabia has closed their airspace to Qatari aircraft, does that apply to aircraft at the US airforce base?
 

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Kinda out of the blue this one !

Guess there goes the world cup .
 

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Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as I believe I've pointed out in the past on this forum, have been competing with one another for quite some time. An escalation like this isn't at all surprising when one takes that into consideration.
Competing with each other in what sense exactly ?

Biggest buildings.
Biggest planes.
Biggest spectacle.
Longest pipeline.
Biggest donor to psychotic idiots trying to emulate the cult founder.


At the root of it all seems to be a Freudian Phallic Structure mickey measuring obsession.
 


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