by: Rami Dabbas
Reasons for Qatar’s support for terrorism were limited to finding a foothold in some Arab and regional countries due to the small and weak state of Qatar and the lack of any political or military weight in the Middle East. Qatar has supported terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, and has recorded record numbers in support and funding of extremist groups and terrorist activities in Europe and the west. Indeed, Qatar succeeded in penetrating some countries by spreading terrorism, destabilization of security and the formation of armed terrorist groups like Al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq They purchase political power and influence, furthering the Qatari dream to give the illusion of being a regional power.
The main supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was Qatar. The resounding fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the insistence of the Egyptian people to get rid of this organization has had a great impact on the psyche of Qatari Regime. This, in turn had a very negative effect on Qatar’s policies towards Egypt and the rest Arab countries which rejected the Muslim Brotherhood’s terrorism and who also worked to eradicate it from that region and the world. Qatar’s support for terrorism became a political ideology that seeped into Qatari military, security, diplomatic and even charitable institutions. This has led to the increase in the spread of terrorism in the region in an unprecedented manner, accompanied by the emergence of many terrorist groups under the support of Qatar via funds and weapons. This has prompted the Arab countries to boycott Qatar in order to stop it’s terrorist activities that violated the security and stability of the region. Qatar funded Muslim Brotherhood Activities in Europe and promoted Europe’s Islamization in their alliance with Turkey. The announcement of Qatar’s solidarity with Iran and its coordination with the Revolutionary Guards which is designated as terrorist organization by the United States, the Quds Force and the Iranian intelligence worked to undermine security and stability against the Arab countries in particular and worldwide in general. The siege of Qatar’s activities in support of terrorism in the Gulf region and worldwide continues. They support the activities of notorious anti West activists Linda Sarsour and Ilhan Omar for example and in an attempt to exploit poor youth, they recruit them for terrorist organizations like the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah and Iraqi sectarian Terrorist militias and remnants of Isis, in order to destabilize national security, especially in Egyptian and Saudi Arabia in retaliation for isolating Qatar and it’s ally. the Muslim Brotherhood. Qatar has hampered progress and development in the Arab anti Muslim Brotherhood countries by targeting security and stability, striking at their relations with the world and trying to target their interests and investments. This has become one of the main reasons for Qatar’s support for terrorism.
Qatar has become an ally to Iran and it’s proxies including Erdogan’s Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood. Qatar has become a tool of Iranian terrorism and Turkish interventions and a financial tool for Turkey’s proxies in Europe. Because of it’s alliance with Iran and Turkey, it has now become a dangerous security risk for Arabic countries and the world in general.
Why is Qatar important to the United States? Simply because of Al Udeid Air Base which is one of the most important US bases in the world. It is used by other US allies for military operations like the United kingdom and Australia during the gulf wars and operations in Syria. Qatar is a tiny, rich state which pays for US lobbyists and US politicians to influence Some of US policies. for example : ”Qatar has spent $16.3 million lobbying the U.S. in 2017, compared to $4.2 million in 2016, in an attempt to lobby about 250 people who can influence President Trump’s foreign policy”.
Qatar. Small, but dangerous.