The Only Way Out Of The Qatar Crisis

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Ahmed Chari via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Qatar has been known for years as a small peninsula nation that punches far above its weight. Its immense oil wealth and enormous influence, through its English- and Arabic-language Al Jazeera channels, have given it diplomatic clout across the Arab world. Its soft power has been felt in negotiations in Darfur, Tripoli, Sanaa and elsewhere. Everywhere it has been either admired or envied.

Now Qatar is on its back feet, fighting off criticism from all sides. Qatar’s candidate to run UNESCO is now almost certain to lose; a few months earlier, he was the frontrunner. Activists are pressing FIFA to bar Qatar from hosting the World Cup. Pressure is mounting to close the U.S. air base in Qatar; U.S. Air Force general Charles Wald, who opened the base in 2001, is now, in retirement, publicly calling for its closure. A coalition of thirty-four thousand predominantly African American churches protested Qatar in Washington, DC, on June 28, citing Qatar’s persecution of Christians, Jews and other religious minorities. (Qatar bans crosses on the outside of churches and bars public prayer by Christians, even though there may be more Christians in the country than the three hundred thousand native Qataris.) The protest, outside Qatar’s embassy at Twenty-Fifth and M Streets, is the first-ever public demonstration against Qatar in Washington. It won’t be the last.

Even more dramatically, Qatar’s neighbors and allies have turned against it. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed their air and sea ports to Qatar’s planes and ships. The Arab-language media is full of venom directed at Qatar. Now it is either pitied or feared.

What happened? Qatar was found to be funding the enemies of America and its Arab allies. Washington policymakers are concerned that Qatar has funded, according to the U.S. State department, Al Qaeda affiliates in Syria as well as elements of ISIS—the very groups America is bombing in its campaign to liberate northern Iraq. It also supports Hamas, which both the United States and EU have designated as a terrorist organization. Bahrain believes that Qatar is supporting armed opposition groups against its royal family. The Saudis fault Qatar’s financial support to the Yemen-based Houthi rebels (opposed to the Saudi regime) as well as Qatar’s backing for violent opposition groups in the Saudi province of Al Qatif, which is mostly Shia.

Meanwhile, Qatar has offered a sanctuary to the Muslim Brotherhood and known terrorists. The oil sheikhdom also shelters the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual guide, Yusuf al-Qaradawi; Khaled Meshal, who was until recently the leader of Hamas; and Abbassi Madani, an Algerian Islamist leader—as well as many Taliban leaders. Nor was Qatar simply giving these extremists a roof and a cot. It gave them a platform, through Al Jazeera, to raise funds, woo followers and boost their prestige.

All of this duplicity and support might have been tolerable, as it too often was before the September 11 attacks, were it not for the Arab world’s confrontation with Iran. The Islamic Republic is already engaged in both a direct and a proxy war against the Sunni states. Iran’s state-run broadcasts refer to Bahrain as Iran’s “eighteenth province,” even though Persians have not ruled there for some three centuries, and call on believers to end Saudi control over the Muslim holy places in Mecca and Medina. The UAE has a bitter territorial dispute with Iran. And let’s not forget that Iran is developing atomic weapons and the missiles to carry them; it may be planning to settle its religious and regional arguments with a Hiroshima-style blast.

In contrast with its neighbors’ conflicts with Iran, Qatar is in business with the Islamic Republic. It shares with Iran the Pars Sud gas field, one of the world’s largest.

While Iran was under embargo, Qatar continued to sell Iranian natural gas to Europe. The shared gas field gave Qatar the perfect cover to help its partner in crime, Iran. Yet shipping by sea is slow, costly and risky. Qatar proposed a pipeline across Syria to move Iran’s energy products (as well as its own) to the power-starved European market. A pipeline would have cut costs while strengthening Qatar’s hand. The Syrian dictator soon put an end to this pipe dream.

In short, Qatar’s support for Iran was the last straw for its neighbors. The U.S. State Department is trying to be neutral, and is asking for evidence of Qatar’s transgressions. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has been far clearer: he has demanded that Qatar stop funding America’s enemies.

Clearly, Qatar must stop opening the money spigot for groups designated as terrorists by its allies, and it should turn over the terror leaders it is hosting to face justice in their native lands.

The U.S. State Department should also invite Morocco to help. Iran, and indirectly Qatar, is backing armed uprisings by minority Shia groups across the Sunni-majority Arab world. Morocco’s king, Mohammed VI, is also his kingdom’s supreme religious ruler. His words and moderate religious teachings have calmed restive Shia populations and inspired them to oppose violence. Under the king’s leadership, Morocco is now enjoying a new influence in Africa. Mohammed VI, as a spokesman for political and religious moderation, is an important voice to combat Shia uprisings and Sunni reprisals.

Qatar must stop fanning the flames of Islamic division, and Morocco and the Gulf Arabs should be given a real chance to head off a religious civil war between Sunnis and Shia, which could cost millions of lives in a war that could drag on for decades.

We have come to a time when confrontation with Qatar will produce peace, and compromising will lead to war. Trump’s instincts are right. If Qatar doesn’t change, the world around it will.

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WTFRLY's picture

Whatever, this is just part of the next phase of Joomanji

The central planners's picture

The next phase is when they try to take the whole piece of the cake and ends up with nothing.

evoila's picture

US citizens have another decade to make money and find a way to get another country's citizenship, or they will be forever doomed.

Andrew G's picture

And let’s not forget that Iran is developing atomic weapons and the missiles to carry them; it may be planning to settle its religious and regional arguments with a Hiroshima-style blast.

I stopped reading after this horseshit line. WTF? ZeroHedge lately has got some seriously shitty 3rd party posts

v76's picture

Agreed.... WHAT THE FUCK is the shit zh???


ffs Tyler... proof the shit you link next time or lose readers.

cowdogg's picture

Yea what is this headchopper oped all about, Tyler?

NiggaPleeze's picture

"Moroccan publisher Ahmed Charai is a board director of the Atlantic Council and an international councilor of the Center for Strategic and International Studies."

the phantom's picture

Huh? Qatar was found to be supporting American and Arab enemies,  al-queda and al-nusra. Hahaha, laughable since Qatar was doing this from the very beginning of the Syrian conflict, and openly paying mercenaries to fight in Syria. This didn't "just happen". 

Lore's picture

When did ZH start peddling disinformation?

virgule's picture

Maybe CNN has bought a stake in ZH?

This loss of quality has been noticeable and growing for some time - quantity versus quality?

popeye's picture

Agreed. There is alot of clickbaiting on thsi site now, and some outrageous propaganda pieces (like this one).


This article is WAY past "an alternative perspective".

ebear's picture

Maybe it's time to start looking for a new home?

If one guy can organize a ZH meatspace get together, surely we can crowd source a real alt-news site?  I'd pony up if I knew it was real.  Hell, I'd even write some articles so you could rip on me instead of these obvious shills.

This is my fourth home since I first got on the net in 97.  I have a feeling it won't be my last.

pluto the dog's picture

Mr Hamhead is the kings right hand tool!

44magnum's picture

Tyler took the money and ran. I haven't seen a post by him in a year.

WTFUD's picture

Reads like one of them propaganda articles Gatestone produce en mass! Qatar are funding only 5% of the world's terror groups in relation to that of Vichy DC-Saud.  I'm developing a genuine soft-spot for these dudes,  a near 180 degree turn from a few years ago.

tyberious's picture

This is where I got off "The Syrian dictator"!


Oildriller's picture

How many wars exactly did Iran start in the last few decades?

pluto the dog's picture

48 wars plus they funded the israeli takeover of the West!

Oildriller's picture

How many wars exactly did Iran start in the last few decades?

Guderian's picture

"(Qatar) should turn over the terror leaders it is hosting to face justice in their native lands.."

WOT??? Justice???

The 'author' is obviously attempting to kid us. 

HRClinton's picture

How is Qatar behaving differently than the sanctimonious US, which will not allow a Bill to gain support in the House (Tulsi Gabbard) or in the Senate (Rand Paul), that would forbid financing of terrorism? 

Hypocrisy. We're #1! We're #1!


LetThemEatRand's picture

Close all the bases over there.  Is Qatar a threat to the United States?  Is Saudi Arabia?  Are any of these countries a threat to our borders?  No.   So WTF are we doing with bases there?  We all know our bases are protecting the flow of oil and the petrodollar, which funds bankers.

rwmctrofholz's picture

Agreed.  Unfortunately we have been conditioned to believe that "isolationist" is a dirty word.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Since the A-bomb was dropped on Japan, foreign military bases have been unnecessary to protect our country.  The bases are there to protect corporations and their interests.  Same as it was with Great Britain before it lost empire status.  It's a pretty good gig for corporations/oligarchs/bankers to be able to employ taxpayer funded military resources to protect their investments and cash flow.

PUNCHY's picture

....." as it was with Great Britain", you got that right Randy: Hence the Boer War here in South Africa, the Randlords needed Queen Vic and Milner to keep President Kruger's Transvaal Republic from horning in on the Witwatersrand gold mines.

1899 gold mines..2017 oil fields.

New technology, same old movie.

uhland62's picture

You cannot close the bases. Where American troops go, they never leave. 

HRClinton's picture

That sounds just like an STD.

Insurrexion's picture


The Petrodollar is ALL THAT MATTERS.

Now, over 6,000 military men and women have died or have been maimed since 2001 because of their "service to oil" and the Petrodollar.

Salute them in the airport before they die too.

Selly2k's picture

 Total BS story. A cockroach eating Arab telling us what to do. Piss off.

Cordeezy's picture

Poor Qatar didn't back the right terrorist I guess.

The central planners's picture

Yeah they chose not to back israhell, pitty.

loveyajimbo's picture

"A religious civil war between Sunnis and Shia, which could cost millions of lives in a war that could drag on for decades."

Hmmmmmmm.. would that be a BAD thing? 

Keep in mind... ALL muslim faithful MUST promote sharia... and MUST work towards the total subjugation or murder of all non-muslims.  If they do not... they are apostate.  Maybe that will help you libturds understand Barry Obongo and his cast of traitors better.

MuffDiver69's picture

I like the way you think...nothing bad here...

mark3383's picture

if democracy is a religion youre right. or judaism

milanolarry's picture

Oil (now Natural Gass also) is the cause of most wars in Middle East.

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Haven't seen that many phalic symbols concentrated in one place since the soroity dildo display at UCSB! That inverted cone looks painful!

Crush the cube's picture

That's the vortex, bet they have a ferris wheel stuck in there somewhere also, the cycle.  Always the same old shit from the money changers.

MuffDiver69's picture

I didn't know the Christian angle on this...Time will tell eh...I don't look at the Middle East as good guy vs bad guy..Time will tell....Few million dead wouldn't surprise me in next few years...who knows...let it ride...

DonFromWyoming's picture

So a war between the two Mooslem sects "could cost millions of lives in a war that could drag on for decades."

That works for me!

Crassius's picture

This is a FAKE set of affairs designed to drive up the price of oil ahead of the Aramco public offering.

American fracking now controls the price along supply and demand lines.

The only way to raise the IPO price of Aramco is to create a threat of war and the closing of the straight of Harmuz.

Now that OPEC is dead, war is the only way to drive oil price up, and the IPO price of Aramco with it.

Wonder if the Goldman Sachs wing of the White House cooked this up.

Government by Sachs.

MuffDiver69's picture

Higher oil prices would drive fracking to a level never contemplated...It works for us too and I doubt we would ever give up our leverage again. We will be at highest level of domestic production since 72 next year anyways.......It's a new ballgame...

VangelV's picture

I believe that the ARAMCO IPO will not do too well when the Saudi ports, wells, and pipelines are bombed by groups that support Qatar.  If that happens, the shale-oil frauds in the US will be kept afloat for another year or two but the biggest beneficiary will be Russia's energy sector.  

Wild tree's picture

Government Sachs (sp) Sux.

Ink Pusher's picture

Well , I guess we'll see how many suckers buy Aramco this year. LOL 

Anyone buying oil and gas right now might as well be buying swamp land in FLA. during hurricane season.

PhilofOz's picture

I kept reading too far into the story before I came across "Syrian dictator" therefore invalidating the whole article.