Dear ladies & fellas
Yesterday a friend of mine asked me, if I know WTF is happening between Qatar & their Gulf-neighbours. Because I assume that he is not the first sophisticated fella, who is confused by the current situation in the MENA-region, I decided to write a brief guide for the perplexed & confused about the whole situation. I am not an expert on this issue by any stretch of immagination, but I have one or two gems of wisdom to drop:
So, it seems the main problem is, at least for the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia & the Sunni Gulf monarchies, the unholy trinity of Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood & the IRI. Because Qatar & the Islamic Republic both support the Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar has a good relationship with the regime in Tehran. That gives Qatar a unique position among the Gulf monarchies, who have all, except Bahrain, a Sunni majority population & therefore side with the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia. Qatar however, is friends with Tehran through the common friend/bitch, the Muslim Brotherhood & therefore the other Gulf monarchies have huge trust issues, when it comes to the loyality of Qatar in a Shia-Sunni-conflict that could emerge between Iran & the KSA. Especally since it is an open secret that the regime in Tehran hustles hard to spread death & destruction in countries with a Sunni majority, or countries that are somewhat allied to the KSA. For example, the Islamic Republic of Iran, financed the campaign of Mohammed Mursi in Egypt. Also the regime in Tehran funds various Sunni terrorgroups, including the HAMAS & the Muslim Brotherhood & of course, the Islamic Republic is equally responsible for the bloodshed, that we currently see in Yemen. Where Houthi-rebels that are funded by Tehran, kill Sunnis & where the Saudi-backed goverment kills Shia-followers in exchange.
Summa summarum: Qatar must decide wisely now, with whom they want to ally themselves in the future & if it is wise, to become a paria among the Gulf monarchies, for being Tehran`s bitch, while giving money to the Muslim Brotherhood. Also, the spending habits of the Islamic Republic of Iran, show how delusional the current regime is. No reasonable Iranian goverment would fund groups, like the Muslim Brotherhood, whose main goals are the same as those of the Islamic State: Establishing a world-wide Khalifat, with the Sharia as constitution, where Non-Sunni muslims, like other minorities either don`t exist, or are forced to pay Jiziya. So the sponsoring of such groups was one of the main reasons, why we face the terror group called „Islamic State“ today, because funding extremist groups always backlashes at some point. This is, what happend here, when both, the KSA & the Islamic Republic, decided in the 80ies to fund any group on earth, as long as said group had followers, which shouted „Death To Israel“ & „Death to the USA“ on the streets. Now we see the harvest of this policies & jihadism is not only an issue in the MENA-region anymore.