In an unpredictable and globally outrageous terrorist act, Qatari fighter jets have intercepted an Emirati civilian aircraft on Monday. The UAE plane was loaded with passengers and on a trip to Manama while flying on the usual route and after taking all routine procedures and permits. The UAE Civil Aviation Authority considered the Qatari step as a clear and serious threat to the safety of civil aviation.
The Qatari terrorist move came after its failure of accusing the UAE violate the Qatari airspace a few days ago. It also came after the world ignored the issue of isolating Qatar and the crisis of the ruling group which decided to turn Qatar into an official incubator of terrorism and having no sympathy whatsoever for its false claims of the crisis with the countries that adopt a firm position towards extremism and terrorism. Qatar has entered the danger zone, but despite that, it did not think to revise its policy and continued to support terrorism and to harbor and finance prominent leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and extremist elements.
Although the Qatari issue was put aside and the boycotting countries paid more attention to issues far more important than the isolated Qatari issue, the sudden Qatari escalation of intercepting an Emirati civil aircraft puts Qatar before legal accountability in accordance with international law that guarantees the safety of the airspace and the protection of civil flights.
Analysts believe that the boycott, which was taken as a measure and sovereign right by the four countries following Qatar terrorism’s support, has paid off, and the proof for that is that Doha has reached a suicidal stage where it put itself in front of an international predicament because of jeopardizing the regional security and civil aviation safety.
The Qatari suicidal behavior aims at drawing attention to Qatar’s crisis and its stumbling block that is struggling to hide its repercussions and consequences. Assessing the Qatari terrorist operation of trying to intercept an Emirati civilian aircraft during a routine flight to the Bahraini capital, we can tell that Qatar has made a big mistake and committed folly, regardless of the media coverage to this incident which tried to simplify it, as this can be considered as real threat to the global security, given the vitality and the importance of the UAE carriers as well as the aviation in the region in general.
Analysts and observers were certain from the very beginning of this barbaric behavior that this improvised incident must be faced with an international condemnation and all necessary legal measures, in addition to developing strategies to ensure that Qatar is will not be able to conduct hostile acts that threat the safety of aviation in the region, especially that the UAE civil aircraft was on the international route line and took all the necessary procedures before flying.
Qatar’s recent behavior is to be put under more scrutiny to include all security measures and the necessary and appropriate regional and international action. In principle, based on the established rules of security in the Gulf region, being a global destination and an internationally vital region, Qatari behavior can be seen as a serious escalation, which is not unlikely to be inspired by parties Doha is moving in accordance with their agendas. This move also shows the dead-end Qatar has found itself in after moving away from the Gulf region.
The observers await, and even hope, that Doha would realize its mistakes and gather the remaining logic and rationality to deal with its double crisis. The first is this with its neighbors that it refuses to recognize its causes, and the second is the new catastrophic situation that puts it in a critical position, regionally and internationally.
The UAE’s initial reaction to the foolish and reckless Qatari behavior referred to the balance of power and the ability of the UAE to protect its civil fleet, which is considered a major national economic stronghold that provide its services at the global level, and that the coming days will witness a move from reaction to deterrent positions. The region may witness a meeting of the foreign ministers of the four countries that stood against Qatar’s supporting terrorism. There is no doubt that a firm stance awaits Doha, either to back away from its futile actions or tightening the grip more on it and to make it pay for its endless follies.
Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre
16 January 2018