There is a semi-public tripartite alliance between Turkey, Iran and Qatar, which is based on minimal understandings, which would not have existed among these contradictory parties had it not been based on political opportunism coated with utopian dreams of reviving the illusions of the caliphate and the Islamization that is based on the view of the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey and Iran, as well as the three countries’ betting on the moral power of religious discourse and the active organizational structures of political Islam.
It is an evil tripartite alliance of the Muslim Brotherhood. Although Iran appears to contrast with the Turkish-Qatari sectarian orientation, however, it still has its own experience in exploiting jihadist and Ikhwani movements in Palestine, as well as its own perspective in politicizing Islam and using what looks like the Muslim Brotherhood in the Shiite societies of movements and organizations that operate in the same mechanism, all of which aspire to Islamization of regimes and societies.
It is also no secret that Iran’s interests are currently converging with Turks and Qataris, making it close to both parties and willing to engage with them in suspicious schemes. Iran’s prime concern is to penetrate the collective security of the Gulf region, in many ways and means, including supporting and encouraging the Qatari disintegration from the Gulf Cooperation Council and even from the Arab League.
Iran, like Turkey, wants Doha to continue its insurgency, which does not know how dangerous it is and to where it will lead it. Qatar has become a tool of Turkey and Iran in destabilizing the security of the region, supporting Islamic schemes and reviving the old body of the Ikhwani organization, which has been disintegrating since the collapse of the Guidance Office in Egypt, a country that survived the chaos of extremism and Ikhwanism.
Qatar has a complex crisis, and that what makes Qatar an obedient tool to Turkey and Iran in implementing suspicious agendas in the region. Qatar will not be freed from this role unless there are internal pressures that could bring it back to the Gulf sphere and to be once again a part of its security and economic system. Doha should recognize that being a partner to its neighbors is inevitable in order to confront any potential challenges, as Qatar will not be immune from these challenges because of the forced geopolitical equation. Qatar, however, is not ready yet to conduct a strategic review with such understanding and comprehending, which would Inevitably lead it to a change in its recent alliances, in which it is implicated and unable to chart a path of its return that could save it from heading to the unknown, at least for now.
The Ikhwani evil Tripartite alliance is based on deception and gradual attempt to have influence by infiltrating and distorting the efforts of other nations, as well as paying bribes to seize a foothold here and there. The most recent Turkish infiltration to gain influence was through a Qatari cooperation in Somalia. A country that has been listed for long at the top of the list of the failed and fragile states, and yet the UAE tried to save it and to help it overcome the ongoing security difficulties in its capital, Mogadishu.
The UAE has earnestly sought to build strong and trained Somali armed forces. Efforts have been focused intensively on upgrading and training the Somali army since 2014 under an agreement between the UAE and the Somali government, which includes other areas of cooperation and military training. Somalia, however, has suddenly repudiated the UAE’s efforts, with clear Qatari and Turkish interventions reflected on the unjustified Somali behavior towards the UAE.
It was clear the careful attention to present the scene of Somalia’s repeal of the agreements and conventions in a dramatic way and the fabrication of fictional stories contrary to reality. Qatar’s fingers were not far from this scene, which sought to publish and reproduce a series of media reports from its context, and to re-address it in the Qatari media platforms in various forms and from different angles. The aim was to prove to the Turkish customer the Doha’s ability to execute the instructions with extreme precision.
The evidence that Qatar is a mere executor of Turkey’s ambitions, both in Somalia and elsewhere, is that it is now practically and economically incompetent to play a sole role outside its territory as a result of its modest military strength, limited population and the lack of human density. Which basically negates its need for expansion or its ability to achieve a presence in the Horn of Africa.
This means that Doha is only qualified to be an instrument of implementation, its mission is to pave the way for Turkish influence to achieve the Ottoman-oriented ambitions of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Especially that Erdogan does not hide the dream that fondles the fantasies of the members of his Ikhwani party, i.e. the restoration of the Caliphate and the Turkish control over the Middle East. Let us not forget that what Turkey has done in Syria’s war-torn has opened its appetite to test its ability once again on exercising broader influence in the Arab region.
The relationship between Turkey’s acquisition of Sudanese consent to utilize the port of Suakin Island and the suspicious instruction to Somalia to stop cooperation with the UAE should not be ignored, especially since the agreement was unjustifiably and inexplicably halted by the Somali side. Indeed, Somalia’s loss to the UAE’s efforts reinforces the suspicion of Turkish intrusion into Somalia with the help of Qatar. This comes in the context of Doha continuous policy of disturbing the atmosphere and igniting further disputes to justify its rapprochement with Iran and Turkey and to abandon the countries closest to it in its geographical environment.
It is true that the Turkish presence on the Sudanese side of the Red Sea is much more dangerous than the media hype that accompanied the cancellation of Somalia to the agreements with the UAE, but the unwise Somali move also coincides with the growing ambitions of Turkey, which forced observers to link events and see the common denominator between them, which is that Turkey is gradually infiltrating with the help of those who are unaware of the future dangers that may result from the Iranian-Turkish pincer, as well as the Chinese efforts aimed at penetrating the region economically through the new Silk Road project.
Turkey’s arrogance was not only the result of Erdogan’s ambitions, but rather the bulge of Turkey’s economy from the crises of previous decades and its entry into a period of recovery that may not last long, but opened the door to ambitions that were not available before. In this, Turkey is using Qatar as a glove in implementing its projects in the region, and Erdogan’s expansionist project has become practically supported by Qatar’s money and is benefiting from Doha’s foreign policy, a policy that is based on follies and supporting everything related to political Islam.
The Ottoman Empire was and remains an example of evil and embodiment of the backward and barbaric occupation inside the Arab consciousness. Any new Turkish dreams aimed at expansion and domination will be prevailed by the view of the Turkish occupation. The countries in which the Turks were present militarily in the name of the Ottoman Caliphate still have cultural and historical immunity that refuses to succumb again to the same harsh experience that they had previously had with the Ottoman Turkey.
Even Europe did not agree to Turkey’s accession to the Union that brings the countries of the continent, although the official request made by Turkey has been on the negotiating table since the mid of 1987 and for decades and Turkey is trying to join the European Union without being accepted, both at the secular stage of the Ataturk, or in the era of Erdogan, who, having surrendered and despaired of the European dream, turned to the East, to direct his Ikhwani poison towards Arabs and Muslims. As if the European countries by refusing Turkey’s accession to its Union were aware that Turkey would become a sponsorship platform for the Muslim Brotherhood, whose project meets with Erdogan’s malicious ambitions.
Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre
24 April 2018