Qatar's Double Game with America

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  1. Falcon

    Falcon Major Staff Member Social Media Team

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    President Trump is looking anew at American allies and partners. While saying he will preserve these relationships, he wants them to pay their fair share and uphold their side of the relationship. Whether it is South Korea or Saudi Arabia, they are subject to his calls for them to contribute more and defray our costs in deploying forces to defend them. Burden-sharing is not a new concept, but he is placing a premium on it.

    It is an important measure, and it should be given greater weight, but it must also be kept in perspective. Consider that one country that would do well on this measure is Qatar. Qatar permitted us to build and operate a massive air base, al-Udeid, and has helped meet the costs of operation. From al-Udeid, the U.S. conducts all coalition air operations for the entire region — from Afghanistan to Syria. It is a critical base for protecting our national security interests in the Middle East, and viewed from this perspective alone, one might judge Qatar to be an American ally.

    However, allies at a minimum share our interests, support our basic policies, and see common enemies. They don’t give support, especially material support, to those who threaten our interests and the interests and well-being of our friends and partners. By this measure, Qatar is most definitely not an ally. Few countries have done more to promote the Muslim Brotherhood, including its Palestinian offshoot Hamas, than Qatar. The actions of the Muslim Brotherhood may vary from country to country, but it rationalizes attacks against American forces and interests, rejects the very concept of peace with Israel, and promotes religious intolerance. During Pope Francis’s visit to Egypt, Samuel Tadros points out that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Alexandria account tweeted: “The Pope of Terrorism, he came to end what remains of Islam.”

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    Sure, bro. Quatar guys wanna play big politic, so they are first sponsors of ISIS and some other terroristic group.
     
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    qatar is a 2 faced regime they support a nato in public and underground they support isis
     
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    Ha! NATO is supporting ISIS even in public.
     
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    They are not the only country to do this to anyone, the KSA is extremely guilty of being a two faced state.
     
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    We can't expect everyone to tote our party line, every country has its own interests but Qatar seems to be left in the past. They supported the Muslim Brotherhood early in the Arab spring as a way to get leverage against the Saudis. Al-Jazeera didn't promote regime change for no reason.
     
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    Qatar no matter what they do they will be a Saudi-Turkish puppet. Saudi Arabia influences them politically but Turkey controls them militarily according to how much defence deals goes amongst the 2.
    Qatar will support anyone if it helps them get the upper hand in the end. That's why Qatar uses Al-Jazeera to promote bias information on other nations to trick people in believing their propaganda. They also moved weapons covertly into Syria by allowing Turkey to send those weapons into rebel held territory.
     
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