Sunday , September 23 2018

O Qatar … stubbornness does not pay

DESPITE all the past passive experiences with the State of Qatar and cessations of its relations with some GCC countries, they still greatly cared for Qatar. This is because Qatar, at the end of it all, is one of the GCC pillars, and the builders are not keen about weakening any of the pillars.

On this basis, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah took up the role of mediation in a bid to thaw the crisis between the occupants of the same house.

No one in the Gulf region wishes to see Qatar, or any other member state, being alienated from the GCC house. However, it is necessary to put all issues in the proper perspective in order to heal the wound completely. Otherwise, pus will continue to ooze and the wound will become more painful in the future.

Before anything else, it is necessary for Doha to look at those who stood beside it following the cessation of relations. It needs to check the tone that the representatives of major countries, the European Union and others are using. The reason for this is, despite calls to resolve the crisis through dialogue, there are clear blames being placed on Doha’s politics.

The only capital that stood beside Doha is Tehran, which is being accused of aiding terrorism and is internationally isolated; but even its support lacked any gallantry or clarity.

When contemplating the official statement issued by Tehran in this regard, it is evident that poison lies in the honey-coated words with the objective of aggravating Qatar’s crisis.

Perhaps, this test is the start of real steps towards remedying Qatar’s schizophrenic politics which uses one type of language during the GCC meetings and another outside these meetings.

Qatar participates in fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen, while at the same time it supports the coup. It announces its fight against terrorism, while at the same time it supports Iranian hired gangs in Bahrain and Qateef and pays money to the officials of Iranian militias in Iraq.

The leadership of Qatar cannot cover the sunrays with feeble justifications, especially after the recent clear comment made by the US president concerning Qatar’s support of terrorism.

This brings a question to our mind. Will Qatar prefer Iran, which the world is pursuing like a thief, over its brothers who helped it when it was in trouble and who endured its adventures and frets until situation became unbearable?

Stubbornness does not pay. Instead of solving the problem, it only intensifies it.

Qatar cannot continue being upset while the enemies are striving to destroy the entire region. Any fault on any frontier will lead to its complete collapse. This fact is something that can never be overlooked under any circumstance.

Therefore, all Gulf nations are wishing for an end to this crisis and for the start of restoration of unity which will fortify the Gulf house and unify its word. Qatar will be an effective player in the welfare of the GCC and its people. All will benefit from the good that is pioneered by Qatar.

Perhaps, Qatar’s leadership should be aware of the sincere feelings that Qatari soldiers exchanged with their Saudi brothers and the coalition force at the Saudi-Yemeni border while they were soaked with blood and tears.

The scene reflects the reality of the Qataris and their relations with their Gulf brothers, and not the adventures and arrogance being practiced by Qatar’s state politics.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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