Qatar: A Dangerous Alliance – Dangerous Designs, Part 3 of 6

Qatar: A Dangerous Alliance – Dangerous Designs, Part 3 of 6


The nation of Qatar has historically been a funder of terrorism the United The United States and Qatar will do more to keep the region and our homeland safe And it is our hope that Qatar will change its policies to stop terrorism, terror financing, harboring of terrorists. Enough is enough. Our interests with Qatar converge somewhat more often than they actually diverge. Qatar must cut ties with terrorists. Qatar is an extremely problematic ally for the United States. The Turks and the Qataris believe
that the Muslim Brotherhood is the way forward for the Middle East. They see regime change across the board. They see Islamism as their
number one goal and they believe that they will be the conduits and the leaders for it. The most important thing the
United States should be concerned about regarding Qatar is the way it interacts with its GCC neighbors The United States should certainly
be concerned about Turkey which is a NATO member aligning itself with Qatar. As these movements potentially take hold across the Middle East this will be their means to power. A
blend of democracy and Islam, it is Islamism with suits and votes. This is their vision. The problem is
that it is still a hateful ideology. In my view it is a destabilizing ideology. Turkey and Iran are now responsible for weakening the Arab blockade against Qatar If they had not
joined hands with Qatar then Qatar would have had to negotiate with Saudi Arabia and other Arab neighbors and modify its behavior. It is in some ways a coalition of the badly behaved. Take a look at where the
Brotherhood has already come to power to get a sense of what it might look like. For example, look at Hamas. They have been in power
in the Gaza Strip since 2007 when Hamas took over that territory with brute force in a civil war. When you look now at how they run the show They do not allow for press freedom. They have cracked down on Christians. They don’t allow for broader participation, political participation is just simply unheard of. And meanwhile they
divert funds from the people from the government to their own military means. Move to Egypt,
where the Muslim Brotherhood was in power for a year under Mohamed Morsi. It was gross mismanagement. We saw a huge amount of money being thrown down the tubes. They were
simply not ready to govern Egypt. And as a result you saw this
implosion ultimately leading to a counter coup which was supported by many many Egyptians. Further empowering the alliance
between Turkey and Qatar, the two have collaborated on a military
base in Doha, the first for Turkey in the Persian Gulf. Ahmet Demirok,
Turkey’s Ambassador to Qatar, claimed the base is part of a
defense agreement between the two countries to help confront “common enemies.” The question, of course,
is who are the common enemies? A Qatar-Turkey alliance manifested in a Turkish military base in Qatar will be a threat to all those Arab countries
that have been recognizing Qatar as not only a bad actor but a threat to their own security. This is unfortunately the way that Qatar moves. They will they play
both sides of the fence almost all the time, and this is what they’ve
been doing with the United States. In other words, Qatar and Turkey are tactical
partners and the one thing that pulls them together is the common
understanding that Muslim Brothers are here to stay. And at times they
have actively supported Muslim Brothers by providing financial
support, diplomatic cover, and clearly facilities on their home soil for the Muslim Brothers to operate from. Qatar is able to project more power by playing both sides of the fence. Being able to win different concessions different accommodations from people. This alliance between Qatar and
Turkey that the Arab states have identified as being a tandem in support of this wide range of extremist groups — Muslim
brotherhood groups across the Middle East ranging from Al Qaeda
and Syria to Hamas in the Gaza strip Playing the spoiler is
a convenient role for them. American support is very
important for Qatar and Qatar does serve some very useful purposes for the United States including hosting the Al Udeid Air Base. Qatar also has a long history of
supporting people who want to kill Americans. Anywhere where Sunni radical
Islamism is operational and has a significant operation going, we
find the footprint of Qatar either through money or through
facilitating individuals who have a safe haven.The United
States needs to hold them and anybody else responsible for the actual end result. Compliance with the letter of the law without complying with the spirit of it should not be accepted.

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