12 Feb

Over the past months, Qatar has provided justification of its denunciation and why others must be wary of its intentions and desperate attempts. The latest of such attempts was the matter of internationalizing holy sites in Saudi Arabia, which has long been a matter of interest to Iran, despite its failure, and becoming an exhausted and useless cause that shows Iranian sectarian hatred against Saudi Arabia and the Gulf in general. So far, Doha has nothing but to turn into a vehicle for Iran and the terrorist gangs that support it. Day after day, throughout the deserved boycotting, Qatar has played several tricks that exposed it as an enemy to Gulf national security, and by adding the card of “Internationalization of the two Holy Mosques”, Doha has become a poisonous thorn used by Iranians and terrorists from various organizations to carry out deviant agendas to destabilize the region.

Qatar’s behaviour in this regard reveals that Doha has worked with diabolical sincerity to adopt all the information and subversive plans associated with the Iranian anti-Arabian scenario. Doha may need to be reminded that its attempt to take the reins of use of the Internationalization of the Two Holy Mosques will not work and will only have the opposite effect, to further embroil Qatar in the square of betrayal and aggression. The card of the Internationalization of the Two Holy Mosques is a furtherance of the same Iranian opportunistic ambition that has failed for decades and has subsequently led to the unifying of the Muslim world against Persian populist radicalism. This Iranian hatred, which Qatar is trying to reproduce and recycle, has also highlighted the role and efforts of Saudi Arabia in serving pilgrims and its care for the two Holy Mosques through resources that only the Kingdom is able to offer.

The irony is that Qatar, which refuses to cease its support and sponsorship of terrorism under the pretext of defending its sovereign options, is giving itself the right, under explicit Iranian order, to infringe upon the sovereignty of others. By monitoring the inflamed Gulf states, Arab and Islamic echoes towards the audacity of Qatar in opening the issue of “Internationalization of the Two Holy Mosques”, it is important to give Doha a final piece of advice, namely that it must be aware that raising such a serious matter will not help its crisis in the future and no more chances would be given. Moreover, having the luxury of choosing between the two options of either implementing the legitimate legal demands or being boycotted by the countries of the region would be off the table as well! Therefore, the appropriate response to its sanctions is going to be more decisive and will be compatible with the nature of its tampering, the seriousness of which it may not realize until now!

The latest Qatari moves linked to the escalation of the Internationalization of the two Holy Mosques open the doors of hell to Qatar itself. Doha should not think that it can violate the sovereignty of others and undermine their security without any deterrent punishment! And whatever Qatar does in the future to deny that or to prevent its media from raising the issue of internationalization will not work. The Iranian regime used to use the pilgrimage seasons to spread sectarian hatred. Qatar has copied the same method, but through its media! what next after all the Qatari media forums promote the establishment of an alleged body to monitor the Holy Mosques and holy places?

Reflecting on Qatar’s overall actions since the beginning of its crisis with the Gulf region, Qatar is not only small in size, but also small in its political options based on stalemate and stubbornness, always in search of opportunities to deepen crises, which has long tried to use desperate measures and continue to use its wealth for suspicious organizational projects serving both terrorism and its political wing dominating the Qatari media.

In a further proof of the smallness and folly of Qatar’s diplomacy and the small scale of its foreign policy objectives which it has based on disproportionate grudges and aggression, Doha lodged a formal complaint with the Louvre museum in Paris, exploiting a simple and unintended mistake, which has already been corrected, when Qatar’s map did not appear in a map presented by Louvre Abu Dhabi. Doha’s hasty response to that transient error has revealed its attempt to contest minor incidents. This indicates that Qatar’s problem in turn is too small if we take into consideration its foolishness, attempts to create crises, and taking on its neighbours like a gang rather than a state.

Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre

12  February 2018