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Why Are We Letting Qatar Play This Game?

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, calls out Qatar in a New York Times op-ed today pointing out how that small, oil-rich sheikhdom has become a leading financier of extreme Islamist groups such as Hamas and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria:

It harbors leading Islamist radicals like the spiritual leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who issued a religious fatwa endorsing suicide attacks, and the Doha-based history professor Abdul Rahman Omeir al-Naimi, whom the United States Department of Treasury has named as a “terrorist financier” for Al Qaeda. Qatar also funds a life of luxury for Khaled Meshal, the fugitive leader of Hamas.

And of course its Al Jazeera TV station regularly broadcasts in favor of extremist Islam.

Prosor, because of the position he holds in the Israeli government, can’t offer much of a solution to this problem beyond “isolating” Qatar, but retired General Jack Keane and Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute are under no such restrictions. They have an excellent suggestion: “We have alternatives to our Combined Air and Operations Center in Doha, the al Udeid air base, other bases and prepositioned materiel. We should tell Qatar to end its support for terrorism or we leave.”

It is high time that the U.S. government delivered the ultimatum they suggest. For too long Qatar has gotten away with playing both sides of the street–supporting radical Islam while also hosting the U.S. military. One suspects its wily rulers think they are covering themselves no matter what happens in the region by ingratiating themselves both with the jihadists and the “Great Satan.” It’s understandable why Qatar would play this game. Less understandable is why the U.S. government would tolerate it.

It’s about time President Obama borrowed a page from his predecessor and told Qatar (as George W. Bush never did): “You’re either with us or against us.”



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3 Responses to “Why Are We Letting Qatar Play This Game?”

  1. MARK MANDELL says:

    The other question is how are militants getting to Syria and Iraq. I have to presume that they’re flying from the US, France or UK to Turkey and then crossing the border. Why aren’t we putting pressure on Erdogan also? Allowing westerners to participate in ISIS is not something that one would expect from a loyal member of NATO, but perhaps Erdogan is not really an ally of ours.

    • MANUEL LAZEROV says:

      Yuh think?

      Just wait until Turkey launches the next flotilla to Gaza, and when Israel stops it, claims that a NATO country has been attacked by Israel.

  2. MANUEL LAZEROV says:

    They have oil and the US has a huge military base there. Oh, and they happen to agree with Qatar’s aiding Hamas and other terrorists. Its also an essential part of the “NO Victor, No Vanquished Policy”. A little balance, you know.




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