The Qatar blockade

Qatar hasn’t been playing ball with the US-approved, Saudi-led ‘isolate Iran’ program. Partly because Doha has made independence from Riyadh a hallmark of its foreign policy, but mostly because Qatar and Iran share the world’s largest natural gas field.

US President Donald Trump’s speech to the assembled Gulf leaders in Saudi Arabia on May 21 is worth reading in full. It is deeply disturbing.

Having praised himself for his $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis, he goes on to talk about the threat posed by terrorism, and what a wonderful job the US and the Gulfies – that is, the leading state sponsor of the region’s supremacist death squads and its assembled proxies – are doing in combating it. He then goes on to claim that at the root of the region’s terrorism lurks… guess who? The power leading the regional pushback against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and Al-Qaeda: Iran.

Starving terrorists of their territory, their funding, and the false allure of their craven ideology, will be the basis for defeating them,” he says. “But no discussion of stamping out this threat would be complete without mentioning the government that gives terrorists all three — safe harbor, financial backing and the social standing needed for recruitment.

This is pretty much exactly how Joe Biden – in his own attempt to whitewash US involvement – described Trump’s Saudi hosts three years earlier. But Trump is not talking about IS’s Saudi backers; he is talking about Iran – the same Iran responsible, with its Syrian and Russian allies, for that fact that the IS flag is not today flying over Damascus.

It gets worse. Look at the following passage, just after he calls on “all nations of conscience to work together to isolate Iran.”

If we do not confront this deadly terror, we know what the future will bring—more suffering and despair. But if we act—if we leave this magnificent room unified and determined to do what it takes to destroy the terror that threatens the world—then there is no limit to the great future our citizens will have,” he said.

The birthplace of civilization is waiting to begin a new renaissance. Just imagine what tomorrow could bring. Glorious wonders of science, art, medicine and commerce to inspire humankind. Great cities built on the ruins of shattered towns. New jobs and industries that will lift up millions of people.

This is the language of genocide. Heroism and genocide have always gone hand-in-hand in the settler-colonial ideology internalized by the likes of Trump, for which ‘building great cities on the ruins of shattered towns’, be they Native American, Palestinian or, it seems, Iranian, has always been the highest accolade.

Some have accused Trump of making novice blunders during his first lumbering foray into the Middle Eastern maelstrom. But I think he knows exactly what he’s doing. He knows very well that the loosely-defined ‘ideology’ he speaks of as ‘spreading venom’ will be much more readily interpreted by his hosts as Shiism – the creed to which Iran actually subscribes – than as Wahhabism, the sectarian ideology behind IS, Al-Qaeda and the Saudi state.

And just to make clear what he is demanding be done to this ill-defined (but, nudge-wink, understood) enemy, he spells it out: “A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out… Drive them out of this Earth.


qatar aka LHO..are the patsys..they are going to wear the heat for “terrorism”..

“Qatar hasn’t been playing ball with the US-approved, Saudi-led ‘isolate Iran’ program. Partly because Doha has made independence from Riyadh a hallmark of its foreign policy, but mostly because Qatar and Iran share the world’s largest natural gas field.”

it always seems to go back to resources..


~ by seeker401 on June 21, 2017.

18 Responses to “The Qatar blockade”

  1. “The power leading the regional pushback against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and Al-Qaeda: Iran.”

    Meanwhile Iran, it appears, should be added to the list, like Syria and Russia, who are also fighting ISIS. Iran shot a missile at them, as we know.


    • Sunni world is divided into two fronts and thinking one that supports Muslim Brotherhood and another one, Wahhabi thinking.
      Raghid al-Nour wrote in his article published in Noujoum Masriya: The Muslim Brotherhood-Wahhabism opposition has deep root in the Islamic world and the taste of Muslim public opinion’s is more inclined toward Muslim Brotherhood Wahhabism, which is doomed to collapse.

      Muslim Brotherhood is an authentic movement which has widespread and deep influence on the Sunni social body. In return Wahhabism is a non-authentic current which has been able to expand its position by money. These two fronts have broken the Sunni world into three branches, Wahhabism, Muslim Brotherhood and Secular. Muslim Brotherhood can be called as moderate movement. Although, some brotherhood-affiliated groups in some countries have adopted extreme approaches to attract Saudi dollars.

      Today it can be claimed Sunni world is divided into two fronts and thinking: Qatar, Turkey and Muslim Brotherhood groups in different countries are in one side and the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are on the other as representatives of the Wahhabi movement.

  3. Our old friend Mohammed bin Salman is in da house 🙂,-names-son-as-1st-heir

  4. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  5. 🙂

  6. Barclays and former executives charged with crisis-era fraud

    June 20, 2017

    UK’s SFO accuses ex-CEO John Varley and three others over 2008 fundraisings

    Barclays, its former chief executive and three other ex-senior executives have been charged by UK authorities with fraud related to the emergency cash injections that saved the bank from a government bailout at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.

    The Serious Fraud Office case against John Varley marks the first time the head of a global bank has faced criminal charges for activities during that period, when big lenders across the UK, US and Europe were being rescued by taxpayers.

    The SFO charged Barclays on Tuesday with three counts including conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and unlawful financial assistance over its arrangements with Qatari investors who ploughed a total of £6.1bn into Barclays in June and October 2008.

    snip of the timeline

    Jan 2016 PCP, a private equity company headed by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley that advised Sheikh Mansour on the October 2008 fundraising, files a $1bn lawsuit against the bank, alleging it failed to reveal side deals with Qatar that were part of the deal.

  7. I hope that Trump is just jewing the Jews, that he doesn’t mean what he actually says….Classical “living in denial” symptom?

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