There is a strange and clear contradiction in the way the Qatari regime is handling the concept of sovereignty and independence. While justifying its failure to comply with the demands of the Arab Quartet because of the contradiction of these demands with the Qatari sovereignty and the political independence of Doha, we see it submitting itself openly and completely to Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood and surrendering the fate of the country into the hands of the Mullahs and those who tamper with the security and stability of the region in a blatant paradox that confirms the falsity of the Qatari pretext of the concept of sovereignty and independence and the search for false pretences to continue in its stubbornness and supporting terrorism.

Decision-makers in Doha could be asked Many questions regarding their use of the concept of sovereignty as a pretext to support terrorism and reject the Arab demands to end the crisis, the most important of which, where is the sovereignty, Qatar’s leaders, when you rush to Iran and Erdogan to bring their forces and opening Qatar’s doors for their military bases? Where is the political independence in linking the destiny of Qatar with the fate of the Muslim Brotherhood and receiving directions and guidance if not the orders and dictations from the Mullahs’ leaders and the Revolutionary Guard? While the approval of the legitimate Arab and international demands aimed at stopping the support of terrorism has become from the perspective of the Qatari regime a betrayal of sovereignty and a negation of political independence.

The Qatari regime is trying, as far as possible, to blur and hide these questions because of the embarrassment and the possible revelation of the real Qatari objectives in the region and the extent of the negativity that it hides in its policies towards the Arab countries, especially the Gulf countries. More importantly, hiding the terms of the security and military agreements that Doha signed with the Revolutionary Guard which allow the Iranian military, security and intelligence presence in Doha and the territorial waters of the Gulf states, which poses a real threat to the Arab national security, especially the Gulf, and helps to expand the circle of espionage and Iranian intelligence activity against the Gulf States and increases the negative Iranian interference in the region.

These agreements are a breach of Qatar’s sovereignty by the Revolutionary Guard, and a hit to its political and sovereign independence, which it takes as a pretext to reject the Arab demands. In fact, these agreements should be the focus of the Arab countries and a questioning matter of the Qatari regime. It is also necessary to include the demand of investigating these agreements and disclosing their details to the 13 demands that the Qatari regime must comply in order to end the crisis.

Preserving the gains and preventing the destructive hands from disturbing the security and stability of the state and neighbouring countries as well as stopping interference in the affairs of others and ending support for terrorism are the true meaning of sovereignty and political independence, and not falling into the arms of others and linking the fate of the country with the fate of terrorist regimes and groups, as the Qatari regime believes. Complying with the demands of the Arab states and preserving the unity of the Gulf ranks is the preservation of the Qatari state and its sovereignty. Qatar will have no political independence away from the Arab body as the ambitions of Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood are aimed first at the sovereignty of Qatar and the rest of the Gulf countries and their gains because of their contradiction with the Persian expansionist project in the region.

Political wisdom now requires from the Qatari regime to be aware of the dangers of its insistence on its absurd policies, and to realize the magnitude of the danger it is dragging the country into under the current circumstances, and under Iran’s dangerous policies, including its development of nuclear and missile program and supporting extremist groups in the region. This calls for an urgent need to return to the wisdom and to join the rest of the Arab countries and the international community as well as recognizing the seriousness of the current situation, which indicates the possibility of starting a war by Iran in the region to create chaos in the Gulf region to be able to interfere and tamper it using its terrorist groups. This is an old Persian dream which will not be achieved as long as we have wise and informed Arab regimes, with sound political decision and strategic relations with the international community.

Al  Mezmaah  Studies & Research Centre

18  October   2017