Chaos And Division


 The escalating disagreement between Qatar on the one side, and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt on the other side, confirms the rampant chaos and divisions that dominate the  Arab region


By Abdel Bari Atwan

The escalating dispute between Qatar on the one hand and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt on the other hand confirms the state of chaos and differences reigning over the Arab region especially the Gulf part. This also reveals the fragile nature of the alliances and their fluctuations.

“We admit that this dispute came as no surprise to us at all. However, the surprising part consisted of the dispute’s intensity and the way it was expressed as well as the measures and steps that were taken and could still be taken as a result. Indeed, those four countries are supposed to be members of the GCC first and the Arab alliance fighting the Houthis and Al-Mutamar party in Yemen second. In addition, these countries or two of them have pumped and are still pumping billions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons to ignite the bloody clashes in Syria, Libya, and Yemen.

The GCC has already faced a number of disputes and even political and border related wars between its members especially the state of Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. However, the current events taking place between the above-mentioned countries might cause a wound that is difficult to heal and a division that will be hard to conclude at least in the short run… Interestingly, this crisis at the level of the relations between Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia comes in the aftermath of two important events that must be pondered:

“First: the visit carried out by US President, Donald Trump to Al-Riyadh, where he participated in three Saudi, Gulf, and Arab Islamic summits with a focus on the war on terror and where Iran was deemed a spearhead of terrorism and an actor playing a major role in rocking the region’s stability. The US president also held a meeting that was deemed tense with the Qatari prince.

“Second: A number of articles appeared in US and western newspapers, the last of which was written by John Hannah, a former official at the US Departments of Defense and State, and a consultant to Dick Cheney, the former US vice president, at the Foreign Policy magazine [CF editor — this article is copied below] where he accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and inciting for the killing of Americans in Iraq in addition to using Al-Jazeera to turn the Arab spring into a dark Islamic winter and supporting Islamic groups with money and weapons to fight in Syria… The writer also indicated that Cheney suggested the transfer of Al-Udeid base from Qatar, that Trump supports this tendency, and that the UAE and Saudi Arabia are candidates for hosting it. He also called for punishing the state of Qatar for nurturing terrorism.

Prince Tamim was coldly received at the Al-Riyadh summit. He only spoke to Mr. Fahd Bin Mahmoud, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Sultanate of Oman and the head of the Omani delegation; and to a lesser extent with Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef, the Saudi crown prince. Sources at the summit indicated that Prince Mohammad Bin Zayed did not speak to him or shake hands with him at all; and that he broke the protocol by going beyond Prince Tamim and standing by the side of President Trump to take a photo…

Gulf sources leaked news on the presence of a scenario aimed at inducing a change at the level of the ruling [class] in Qatar under an American green light; and that all that is happening now is a preface to that. However, we found no verification to this scenario although we do not believe it is unlikely especially in light of the coup attempt that took place back in 1996 and aimed at overthrowing the former Qatari prince and restoring his father to power. The three countries, i.e. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt, had participated in that failed coup attempt through [supplying] money, weapons, and troops.

Will history repeat itself? We have no answer to that. However, the crisis is a serious one and the estrangement is on the rise. Nothing is to be ruled out these days in light of the UAE-Saudi alliance, which has not hesitated to launch a war in Yemen and proceed with that war for over two years in addition to sounding the drums of another war against Iran and threatening to transfer the battle to the depth [of Iran].

Another question seems to make sense: Who will rush to stand by Qatar and defend it? Will it be Iran, knowing that Qatar had fought it and its allied factions in Syria and also to a lesser extent in Iraq? Or will it be the distant Turkey, which is now locked in a state of hostility with all its neighbors as well as America and the majority of the European countries? Or will it be the US Al-Udeid base, which wishes to leave [Qatar] along with its troops and jets? All we can do at this point is ask questions and admit that Qatar is now at a difficult, and unprecedented position facing some vicious enemies and a very small number of allies at a time where wisdom and rationality are being put aside. Please correct us if we’re wrong.”

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  2. The recent conflict between Qatar and Saudi Arabia may be a conflict of two sides wanting to have the upper hand over each other. Both think with their colossal amounts of petrodollars have the will and the capacity to affect the course of events regionally and even on global scale, as though they were little empires, or so they think. However, being both under the thumb of their US mentor, they are both bent on squandering their resources and undermining their respective strength, which they think they have. This is indeed the ideal situation that Israel, America and their allies will optimally exploit to their benefit, by further sowing the grains of discord between these rival oil rich countries. The aim will consist in a better milking of them, bleeding them white and eventually throwing them away like orange peels or worse. The only losers will be their respective peoples and the Arabs in general. The conflict will present to the outside world, yet again, through the behavior of some Arab rulers an image of inane, thoughtless, reckless and even brainless persons.

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