Allegations about Qatar funding terrorism are nothing new. However, the sudden severing of ties by different Gulf and Middle Eastern states is the most critical consequence of those allegations to date.
What is really unusual is who appears to be instigating this transfer — that beacon of morality and decency, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The terror teams that Qatar is accused of funding — akin to Al Qaeda and Islamic State — commit a few of the most heinous crimes towards humanity that we’ve seen lately.
Public executions, murdering of minority teams, invading overseas nations, killing [email protected] and common mass abuses of human rights ought to clearly be stopped and punished.
However, these identical crimes occur on daily basis in the Saudi Kingdom — however we proceed to do enterprise with them.
Severing ties with Qatar? Well, sure, it’s positive to put some financial and political strains on the tiny peninsular, nevertheless it does seem to be extraordinarily hypocritical on the a part of Saudi, which can also be accused of funding terrorism — in any case, Osama bin Laden was from a rich Saudi household.
So, is there one other motive behind it? I say completely.
Saudi Arabia has tried to consolidate its place in the Middle East as the main energy for years now, and till not too long ago it had performed that fairly efficiently.
However, it faces an enormous risk, Iran. Iran has grow to be more and more open in the previous few years and overseas powers appear eager to do enterprise once more, particularly with the current re-election of liberal-minded chief (as a lot as you could be below the rule of the Ayatollah) Hasan Rouhani. This has resulted in an more and more influential Iran — and it scares the Saudis.
Iran might be poised to grow to be the pre-eminent energy in the area, with a big educated inhabitants, Iranian expat communities unfold throughout the world and a few spectacular home-grown know-how.
While I don’t deny Iran has its share of human rights points, it does stay a way more open nation than Saudi Arabia. I personally have been to Iran, and liked it.
The folks had been very pleasant and plenty of understood their crappy management and the status it has earned them overseas.
I’d additionally like to go to Saudi Arabia, however as a result of I’m not a Muslim and haven’t any intention to partake in the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) or work in the oil trade, there is no such thing as a vacationer visa that will enable me into the nation.
What is much more troubling about Saudi’s actions are that it appears to have come about after a go to by President Trump, who additionally doesn’t like Iran.
Implementing these actions towards Qatar asserts Saudi energy in the area which might be seen as an try to remind its neighbours that it’s boss and that it’s backed by the US.
You will discover that the journey ban applied by the US didn’t embody Saudi Arabia, however did embody Iran.
Maybe now that the Saudis have condemned Qatar there can be a journey ban there too?
Already the Philippine authorities has quickly banned abroad staff from travelling to the nation.
So, a query I pose is, why does the West proceed to assist the Saudi Regime when it continues to commit lots of the human rights abuses that we additionally accuse IS and Al Qaeda of endeavor?
Why can we not reduce financial ties with the Saudis as these states have now performed with Qatar?
Food for thought.