The Qatari regime has exhausted all tricks and deception that aim to evade the crisis’ dues it has placed itself in. Instead of reviewing its policies of supporting terrorism and abandoning sheltering those who are wanted for justice and listed on lists of terrorist organizations, Doha insists on ignoring that and abandoning all its responsibilities.
Qatar is relying on deceiving the world, especially the Western countries, to further promote the pseudo-Qatari version of the current crisis. Qatar must convince its neighbors first of its intentions before talking to the West in a tacky emotional way, because neighbors are more concerned than the West in normalizing the relations in the Gulf once again, however, Qatar decided to follow the path of intransigence and the fabrication of lies at every stage to cover up its diplomatic failure.
The most recent method of Qatari deception was through a coordinated media campaign to address the West as part of a Qatari effort to evade the crisis and promote a vision contrary to the consensus on its causes and roots.
The first track of the failed Qatari media campaign started by bringing back one of the Qatari regime’s pillars, Hamad bin Jassem, who swings between early retirement and the repeated repetition of chatter and recalling memories from his point of view to improve the Qatari image sometime and sometime to declare the challenge and insistence on the extremist approach he and the former ruler had established.
In his most recent interview, he believed that providing half-facts would absolve Qatar of its predicament, but Hamad bin Jassem added new confessions to Qatar’s involvement in destabilizing Gulf security, despite his attempts to justify Doha’s aggressive behavior against its neighbors. He also failed to win the hearts of the Gulf street and the Qatari public opinion and instead of clarifying some ambiguous issues, he added more, in regard to the reasons behind Qatar’s use of its financial and media capabilities to support those who want bad and target the stability and security of the Gulf, most notably when he acknowledged the Qatari’s coordination with Libya in the era of Gaddafi to target Saudi Arabia.
The second track of the Qatari campaign was through the prepaid interview conducted by an American channel with the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Al Thani, who tried to win the anchor and to repeat his name at the beginning of each answer to some very shallow questions that focused on the Qatari crisis and its dilemma that Qatar did not try honestly to end, contrary to what Tamim has said in the interview, when he tried to act the role of a leader of a besieged country, while all know that Qatar has brought itself the boycott, and followed stubbornness as a method of provoking others and pushing them to take preventive measures to protect their security.
Finally, the Qatari media strengthened its campaign by directly targeting the Gulf Cooperation Council when insisting on its survival on the one hand and attacking the Secretary-General, His Excellency Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani, on the other, who did not say anything wrong when he expressed his astonishment at the attempt of the Qatari media to make him assume responsibility for resolving the Gulf crisis, despite that officials and media in Qatar know that the solution of the crisis and ending its repercussions are at the hand of the leaders of the States of the Council and no one else.
Back to the last interview of Tamim with the American channel in Qatar’s public relations campaign in Western circles, the Emir of Qatar reiterated the confusion between the Gulf demands from Doha and its sovereignty, ignoring that the legitimate demands aim to forcing Qatar to respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and not to interfere in their affairs and to stop conspiring against them no less and no more. So why Qatar wants to convince others that it is a victim, while it is the one that began to target its neighbors in several ways, perhaps the most dangerous one was granting Qatari passports for fugitives and wanted terrorists?!
As for the accusations of seeking to change the regime in Qatar, it implicitly carries fears from within the country, and that is completely up to the people of Qatar. What Qatar’s neighbors want is clear and does not go beyond the legitimate demands that Doha has shown no goodwill or desire to comply in order to preserve the unity of the Gulf house. As for presenting Doha as a sponsor of freedom of expression, it is no secret that the media platforms that it sponsors are very concerned with promoting the discourse of extremism and hatred.
Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre
11 November 2017