AROUND 525 years ago, the last Nasrid Dynasty ruler of the Emirate of Granada in Iberia, Abu Abdullah Muhammad XII, known to the Castilians (in Spain) as ‘Boabdil’ stood on a plateau overlooking Granada, pondering and crying for the loss of his kingdom. His mother said, “Do not cry like a woman for that which you could not defend as a man.”
At that point in time, the exiled ruler together with his administration attempted to seek help from his Muslim brothers and through a coalition with each of the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon under the rule of Ferdinand II and Isabella I. He was hoping to form a source of power that would restore Granada under his banner, forgetting the long history of conflict with Castile and Aragon. The two kingdoms considered releasing Granada from the control of Muslims was a divine course, and that converting everyone to Christianity is a sacred duty.
Unfortunately, history is repeating itself, but with geographic difference, and an enemy from whom a brother is seeking help against his own brothers.
It seems Abu Abdullah Muhammad XII has been reborn on the coasts of the Arabian Gulf and he’s pleased to render his country a Trojan horse for both Iranian invader and Turkish greed to restore its empire, which was annihilated by the fight for power in the Ottoman’s Harem Sultan Palace. This is the case of the Qatari administration with its Arabian surroundings and the world.
Qatar has decided for itself to become the wooden horse filled with invading soldiers through Turkey’s military base by opening its doors to Iran’s Revolution Guards and terrorists groups in their colors and style.
Doha is swept away by the illusion of victory in what it brags about in the “Arab Spring” that had precedence in sparking chaos in various parts of the Arab world, and no country aligned with it in terms of course and destiny was exempted from the chaos — as it happened in Kuwait between 2011 and 2013 when the Muslim Brotherhood and their kind engaged in what was falsely known as “national dignity march” or “the national movement” led by a group of destructive wicked people.
Or as it did and continues doing in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia through providing financial and media support for terrorist groups linked with Iran. The peak was reached in the destruction of Syria, Iraq, Libya and Egypt that caused the administration to sink in the illusion of controlling the Arab world, while it’s sinking in the moving sand of Iran, Turkey and Zionist ideology in reality.
Doha’s administration did not see this reality, as it went on to render rightful demands made by four countries (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates) and supported by major countries and the majority of the world to become the bargaining chip, in an attempt to convince the nations that the evil it’s defending is the rightful course.
What are we asking in this regard? What more has these countries demanded Qatar to do apart from stopping its harmful activities and interfering with its internal affairs, in addition financing terrorist groups that smear evilness in Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, while it even tries to incite chaos in Kuwait?
What are we asking Qatar to do either than to restrict itself from providing media platform for terrorists … and isn’t this the same demand the entire world has agreed on without making any claim that it infringes on sovereignty of countries; or is Qatar’s sovereignty bloated by Iran, Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood different from the sovereignty of other countries?
Hasn’t it been proven that Qatar negatively interferes in Egypt through its support of terrorist groups in Sinai and the Brotherhood that continues to commit massacres on a daily basis against civilians?
Does Qatar expect patience the Gulf States maintained toward its actions in the past to continue forever, or it failed to realize that patience has limit, and there is no place for friendship once it crosses the edge? What does Qatar benefit from putting itself deep between Iran-Turkey jaws; isn’t it the one to pay the huge invoice of helping when the Iranian invader marches. Or is it that Qatar is waiting for the Turkish soldiers to come out at night when Qatar is intoxicated with the illusion of control, exactly as it happened to the Greek Spartans that spent the night celebrating and woke up to find their city no more after the Trojan wooden horse filled with soldiers overran the entire city?
The Qatari administration is in desperate struggle to defend “Al-Jazeera Channel”, which it considers a top lance in confrontation — although it has become weaker than the market’s guards and there’s no point for its closure or allowing it to operate.
The Qatari administration needs to contemplate the stances of Somalia, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt against them after contaminating its hands with their blood and bringing to itself chaos and destruction. As time for its reckon approaches, we do not hope for the repetition of what Abu Abdullah Muhammad XII’s mother told her son centuries ago.
Nobody in the Gulf wants to see the Qatari administration “cry like a woman for that which it couldn’t defend as a man”, instead, the objective is for the Gulf Cooperation Council to stand. The council has proven its resilience throughout 36 years of strength and unity without rulers of sects but rulers who are united in development, growth and prosperity of their nations.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times