Al-Sharq – 05/07/2018, issue 10976
On 5 June last year, with arbitrary actions of four states, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, began Qatar’s blockade. The blockade started with a hacking operation and expanded to a clear violation of the human rights of citizens and foreign residents of the Qatar state to these countries. The blockade, which was attempted to cover up with naive causes, has been a major turning point for the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council. They argued that Qatar is trying to destabilize the region, but the observer of the actions of these countries, regionally and internationally, is well aware that the countries leading this blockade are the crisis management center of the region. They argued that Qatar is working with Iran. Do we have the right to ask what the sons of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Iran’s ally in Yemen, do in Abu Dhabi? Can they answer us about the role of the United Arab Emirates in circumventing international financial sanctions imposed against Iran on its nuclear program? Their actions against Qatar are an unequivocal indication that they are pushing it toward the side of Iran. I will explain below the reasons for the blockade and what the international media conceal about the violations of international law against Qatar in particular and against the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa as a whole.
Abu Dhabi is the center of the activities of the countries of the blockade. It is a center that plays internationally under the table. The ongoing Mueller investigations day after day reveal the role of this state in the interconnection of Trump with the Russian side before the US presidential elections. Abu Dhabi has been transformed from a rightful state during the rule of the late Prince Zayed in the region’s carcinoma. The hands of the Emirates are flooded with the blood of the Libyans through the illegal support of General Haftar’s paramilitary groups. These militias, whose responsibilities are confirmed by the United Nations reports, are responsible for many massacres, crimes and arbitrary killings of Libyan civilians. The primary objective of Abu Dhabi is Libyan gas. Abu Dhabi’s role in Yemeni clarifies day by day through its moves limited to commercial ports as well as through the illegal trade and agricultural deals it signs with Yemen officials affiliated with it. Socotra Island is a good example. The secret role of the UAE in the serious crisis of Syria is also significant. The territory of the UAE is wide open for Assad’s criminals, while the money laundering operations of Syrian blood traders continue within the UAE. Equally important is the role of the UAE in supporting Kurdish militias in the eastern part of Syria accused of war crimes and demographic change against Arabs in the region. After all this, Abu Dhabi blames the state of Qatar for trying to destabilize the region!!!
Returning to the real reasons of the blockade, we need to focus on the details. The fact that Qatar has the most influential and popular media network in the Arab world and one of the most important networks on the globe has become an obsession for Abu Dhabi. The actions against Qatar were necessary to cover what followed. The possible acceptance by the Qatar leadership of the demands of the countries of the blockade, including the closure of the Al-Jazeera network so that their movements in the region can be unrestrained and the blockade of Qatar is an economic and commercial necessity for Abu Dhabi. Qatar’s continued progress on maritime trade and air transport is seen by the UAE as an important competition to be struck. The attitude of Qatar that supports the Arab Spring and the dreams of the peoples of the region was another nightmare for the UAE. In spite of what is shown on the screens of the UAE TV channels, their internal situation is not stable, while the Abu Dhabi campaign against the Islamic parties confirms that part of the people is not satisfied with its leadership.
The other countries that participated in the blockade have other clearer reasons. Egyptian President Sisi, who is at the edge of the volcano of popular rage that will sooner or later overturn him, does not want the voice of the people to rise through the Al-Jazeera network. Like Saudi Arabia, just a few days after the blockade, that witnessed the expulsion of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef and the placement of Mohammad bin Salman in this position, which required to keep away the spotlight through a larger event. The blockade of Qatar was the best way.
Some may see the quadripartite quarantine to the state of Qatar as a government blockade to another government. But the reality is that the blockade was directly targeted against Qatar’s citizens, driving them out of these countries without being guilty of anything, just because their interests are above the rights, the feeding and the transport of the people. It is a crime and those responsible must be held accountable on the basis of international law. No country has the right to expel a citizen of another state without a legitimate cause. No university is entitled to expel legally existing in their classes students. But the biggest crime of the four countries was the imposition of a food embargo against the state of Qatar, which is similar to what the Assad regime is doing against the oppressed Syrian people.
Qatar stood up and its people resisted vigorously despite all adversity. Some may think that their dirty hands will continue to corrupt the area, but developments will not satisfy them. The billions of dollars can not keep the dictator Sisi in the seat of power in Egypt. Their warplanes can not bend the Libyan people’s desire for a decent life and freedom, as they did not succeed in destabilizing Turkey in the summer of 2016. Nor will the sale of Jerusalem be enough to appease Washington and Tel Aviv. Qatar has steadfastly stood up internally and internationally. But will they be able to withstand the next wave of wrath that is coming?