The Odd Man Out In The Middle East: The Shifting Role Of "Puppetmaster" Qatar

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Qatar, the world's richest nation per capita (and awkward home of US central command in The Middle East), has used its wealth to fund Hamas in the Gaza Strip, bankrolls (as we detailed here) Islamists fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, and backed the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt - before he was deposed. As Bloomberg reports, they have additionally let other extremist groups raise money in Qatar, according to the U.S. Treasury Department - all in an effort to 'support' the gas pipelines that the tiny nation needs to maintain its uber-wealth. Qatar’s support for militants has angered its neighboring conservative monarchies... so, it is an intriguing shift that now, as Bloomberg reports, finds the terrorist-funding-nation mediating between Israel and Hamas to end the Gaza conflict.

As we detailed previously, Qatar is all about the gas...

Sadly, when it comes to the US (and of course Israel), it does have a very hidden agenda: one that involves lying to its people about what any future intervention is all about, and the fabrication of narrative about chemical weapons and a bloody regime hell bent on massacring every man, woman and child from the "brave resistance." What they all fail to mention is that all such "rebels" are merely paid for mercenaries of the Qatari emir, whose sole interest is to accrue even more wealth even if it means the deaths of thousands of Syrians in the process.


A bigger read through of the events in Syria reveals an even more complicated web: one that has Qatar facing off against Syria, with both using Syria as a pawn in a great natural resource chess game, and with Israel and the US both on the side of the petrodollars, while Russia and to a lesser extent China, form the counterbalancing axis and refuse to permit a wholesale overthrow of the local government which would unlock even more geopolitical leverage for the gulf states.

So flip-slopping from recent terrorist-funding...

Qatar funds and arms Islamists fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad and bankrolls Hamas in the Gaza Strip.


It let other extremist groups raise money in Qatar, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.


Qatar backed the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt, before the Egyptian military deposed that nation’s first democratically elected leader and declared the Muslim Brotherhood illegal.

To mediation...

Qatar, which backed rebels in Libya and Syria and supported an Islamist government in Egypt, is now mediating between Israel and Hamas to end the Gaza conflict.


Its role may signal a foreign policy shift as Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani grapples with controversy over his country’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup. Seeking an agreement in Gaza, where more than 1,900 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have died, returns Qatar to its historically neutral role in conflicts from Darfur to Lebanon.


Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah this month joined Turkey in helping U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry negotiate a cease-fire between Hamas, the Palestinian group that governs the Gaza Strip, and Israel. With that truce extended yesterday, Qatar is using its links to Hamas to be a crucial go-between in talks over a longer term accord, said Andreas Krieg, a lecturer at King’s College London in Qatar.

Is an interesting development.

Just last month, when Qatar tried to broker a ceasefire in Gaza, the effort was angrily slapped down by Egypt and Israel, who thought the Qataris were trying to help Hamas win concessions through violence.


“Hamas has established an intimate relationship with Qatar,” Krieg said in an e-mail. “Qatar remains the informal channel of communication between the Hamas leadership and the U.S. and Israel.”




“Qatar has taken advantage of the political vacuum in Mideast peacemaking to take an important and much-needed role,” Jim Krane, a Gulf and energy research fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute, said in an Aug. 5 e-mail. “There are plenty of folks clamoring for the parties to stop fighting, but few willing to mediate.”

As Bloomberg concludes,

But has it now bitten off more than it can chew?


“Today Qatar is on the defensive. They made a huge gamble and lost with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt,” says Emile Hokayem, a senior fellow at the Bahrain center of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the London think tank. “Perhaps Islam will shape the region some day, and the bet will pay off. But in the short and medium term, the powerful state actors don’t see it that way and are ready to counter Qatar.”

Petrodollar politics are never simple.

“We feel we have been on the right side of history,” Foreign Minister al-Attiyah said in his opinion piece. “History will judge our actions.”

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junction's picture

Qatar and the coming of World War Three.  Soon, the whole world will be afire while Obama plays golf. Unlike Nero and his fiddle.

knukles's picture

Does anybody know who the fuck is on whose direct or indirect side anymore, let alone who started it who's to blame and who's gonna get hit with the bill for it all?
I didn't think so.
So the old aphorism "Kill them all and let God sort them out" is apropos, no?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Just nuke the entire ME already!

95% of the world's problems will disappear overnight.

Oracle 911's picture

Yeah and creating another nuclear hot spot like Fukushima is a really great idea. /sarc

If bombing then you should use the Father or Mother of all bombs, it will wipe out everything, the buildings/infrastructure will be intact and it is not radioactive.


PS: The reason why I down-voted you is your nuclear option.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

The Mossad must be ready to send the hitmen in after the Al-Thani's. Seems the US military has had enough of ISIS also. Which means.....



Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Besides you don't negotiate final resolutions to end conflicts with the hired help especially when the hired help has a bad bias problem towards who they were hired to fight in the first place aka Hamas. Remember this is Islamic culture we are dealing with here.

Mediation my ass.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Wait,  if these guys are bad, and Israelis are bad, and the Saudi's are bad...  Any good guys over there?

kowalli's picture

no good guys, just politics... USA are dying and countries ripping peaces of it...

nmewn's picture

Its a small club and we don't have bedsheets or ties to wear ;-)

localspaced's picture

Euh...the Iranians?


I like the Kurds, they seem cool..or maybe it's just the chicks with ak's that do it for me. 

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Sepp Bladder says "Come one, come all, enjoy the greatest show on earth, FIFA 2022 Qatar. Don't mind the men falling off the stadium roof, they're just testing it. There will be a water break for everyone, at every match, well, there will be a water break for me anyways, and some nice young nubile girls fanning me with palm leaves. Thanks for listening."

Best Regards,


knukles's picture

Dude has one fucked up name.  Bad parenting, naming their kid Sepp.   Let alone changing their last name to Bladder.  Probably has two sisters, Leaky and Inflamed.  Angry grandfather, Itchy. (tug tug tug)

stant's picture

First saw on on Chris greens yt channel Amtv. Link won't load

stant's picture

Rumors are that bandars been taken out

stant's picture

Don't know why reply ended up where it did

emersonreturn's picture

stant, thank you.  i'll search for it. 

Luckhasit's picture

Qatar is dancing just like any good US vassal would. 

Canucklehead's picture

A very simple show of support for the Kurds would be to drum the Al Anabi Racing Team out of the NHRA.

Seize Mars's picture


"Qatar...has used its wealth to fund Hamas in Gaza..."

You mean the Hamas that was founded by Israel? That Hamas?

nmewn's picture

Where do Khaled Mashal & Ismail Haniyeh live?

nmewn's picture

Mashal, I know for a fact lives in Qatar.

janus's picture

sure-nuff, qatar's a prime residence for prime-evil...and a shit-load of TCNs (third country nationals...cute acronym for modern slaves).

you know yer stuff, nmewn; but that's dangerous knowledge to be toting around.


nmewn's picture

I only share it on lowly read/tweeted threads. I wouldn't want to lose my head for simply telling the truth to the zealots of either side.

Wait, look Janus...another Putin squrriel!!! ;-)

Oldrepublic's picture

Qatar has a per capita GNP of around $100,000, with a population of around 1.9 million. Citizens of Qatar make up around 250,000 people, 15% of the population, thus GNP per citizen is around $700,000

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Best thing about Qatar is their stamps....  OK, don't they also have some cool skyscrapers?

RMolineaux's picture

Again  -  Fifth fleet and central command are in Bahrain, not Qatar.

BeetleBailey's picture

"Qatar, the world's richest nation per capita (and awkward home of US central command in The Middle East)"

second that....unless  some shit was moved - big time.

Tylers.....what the fuck?

F-X's picture

The question is, why are you denying something that is so obviously true?


What's in it for you?

F-X's picture

Or maybe you're wrong?

The Al Udeid Air Base is a military base located west of Doha Qatar and is owned by the Qatar Emiri Air Force. It is home to the headquarters of United States Central Command (USCC) and United State Air Force Central Command (USAFCC). The Al Udeid Air Base Qatar is also a home to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF and to the No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group RAF. 

RMolineaux's picture

OK, I'm willing to stand corrected.  In fact, I am pleased to learn about this base, since it will give the US some leverage with the Qatari government, which is a strong financial supporter of ISIS.

teslaberry's picture

has anyone ever gave thought to possibility of even ONE of the gulf states defecting to the chino-russo-persian axis?


yes, this is how world war 3 starts. or at least, the war between saudi arabia iran, and the gulf countries in between which will all likely be vaporized . once a few water mains or desalinazation plants are bombed, they will very shortly run out of water. particlarly if the bombing occurs in the summer.....


it's unbelievably hot over there,'s a super hot ass desert!

BeetleBailey's picture

I've said it before...I'll say it again...







Grimaldus's picture

Isn't qatar where the muslim marxist usurper in chief obozo let the five super-murderer taliban commander buddies go to play? In return for a disgusting dhiimmi traitor?

A criminal act of treason worthy of immediate arrest and prosecution?

I vote nuke. Glass it before obozo lets them back in across the border. oh wait........




Obese-Redneck's picture

All of the above have never been to Qatar

All of the below have a passport but have only been to Bahamas or Mexico