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To Qatar with ‘salutations’

SOME GCC countries seem keen on making the Gulf Cooperation Council and Egypt weak under the big Arab collapse. Who will benefit from this step? Are these countries able to impose their will on other Gulf nations through the ousted terrorist group — the Brotherhood Movement? Is this is not a reflection of what Israeli Ben Gurion said when he inaugurated the Dimona nuclear reactor in 1963: “The atomic bomb will not help us; but it will harm us exactly as it will harm our Arab enemy. We cannot conquer the Arabs unless we let Egypt, Iraq and Syria be involved in civil wars, paralyze other countries and stop them from uniting”?
Undoubtedly, Israel succeeded in realizing some parts of the statement which has become a component of its strategy, directly or indirectly. It has sometimes played on Arab contradictions and sought by itself to instigate chaos. Most of the time, minorities are benefiting from such show of power among some Arab leaders like the one who said in the 1960s that he would dump all Israelis into the sea even he lacked military ability. This was clearly manifested in the 1967defeat when most parts of several countries were occupied. Another leader said the road to Jerusalem passes by Kuwait, Riyadh and GCC capitals. These reckless policies resulted in loss of lives and resources for the Arabs. 
When the Arabs became enthusiastic without solid capabilities, a sound mind emerged in the person of Al-Habib Burqaiba who addressed them honestly, urging them to have a dialogue with Israel based on the ‘ask and receive’ principle. At the time, he perceived the condition of Arabs as a manifestation of the famous line written by the prince of poets — Ahmad Shawki — who said that demands are not met through hopes. 
Yet, Arabs failed to take their rights because they were not united and not ready to face disasters. This happened because the goal of the so-called revolutionary systems then was to protect their existence through the oppression of nations and control over the Arab world under the guise of unifying powers to confront the Israeli enemy. This is the same attitude or ideology adopted by the current terrorist groups which alleged that the priority now is to establish the so-called “Islamic Caliphate” and kill opponents; and after that they will be ready to fight against Israel.
It seems some Gulf countries have not taken these experiences into consideration. They should have been learned well from the past; considering the power, safety and stability the Gulf Cooperation Council has provided for 33 years despite facing several political and non-political conflicts aimed at dismantling it. 
Nevertheless, the council became stronger as it faced difficulties like the liberation of Kuwait when they confronted the forces of Saddam Hussein. This was also evident in the way the council dealt with international issues, specifically attempts to tarnish its image after the Sept 11, 2001 incident. Unfortunately, some GCC countries did not see what the council has achieved in the past years and the benefits they got. They continue to shun unity efforts, especially this time when there are threats to several Arab countries, including the GCC. Under such circumstances, unity is vital to prevent our enemies from controlling the country. Regrettably, Qatar seeks, through its passionate stances, to dismantle the council intentionally or unintentionally; thinking it could impose its project which is not in line with the nature of nations. This is a manifestation of Ben Gurion’s statement.
Qatar replied to this by reiterating that it is defending the rights of some Arab nations to enjoy freedom. It refused to reveal the truth as it happened in Egypt when Doha supported the Brotherhood Movement against 40 million Egyptians who went out to various squares in Cairo during the June 30 revolution against the ruling of the Brotherhood whose top officials were provided by Qatar with safe shelters, pulpits, and maybe, subsidies to carry out their terrorist plots in Egypt.
Here we ask: Did the Egyptian nation go out to the squares asking Qatar to defend it? Did any citizen in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia get out against the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to allow Qatar to launch suspicious campaigns against Egypt and the Kingdom through some media and social networking sites that belong to it? Did the Bahraini or the Emirati or any Gulf nation seek the help of Qatar to give itself the right to open fire of abuses and provocation against the governments of GCC countries at a time it is not able to defend itself amidst international accusations of supporting DAESH, Al-Nusrah and the terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria?
The Qatari government has to realize the danger of its policy which will only bring more boycotts and isolation. It should not think the flattery of the USA and some western countries is enough to give up its natural surroundings. 
Some GCC countries are working in line with the statement by Roosevelt in 1947 on maintaining relations with countries in the region during his meeting with late King Abdulaziz when he said, “No permanent friendships for us but permanent interests which identify the nature of our relations”. They are also working with the Winston Churchill quote, “We do not have permanent friends nor permanent enemies, only permanent interests.”
It should not have the same destiny of a person who betrayed his homeland and wanted to shake hands with Napoleon Bonaparte who threw a bag of money to him and said, “This is the prize for serving us. Take it and leave, I do not shake the hands of one who betrayed his homeland.” It should also know that it cannot impose its will on the entire world. It cannot isolate the Arab world nor destroy the castle of the Gulf Cooperation Council. It has to know that it isolates itself by insisting on implementing its harsh policy. Will Qatar realize this before it is too late?
 By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

By: Ahmed Al-Jarallah

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