[Qatar] What happened? Why ostracized?

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Subject: [Qatar] What happened? Why ostracized?
From: dildo@gofuckyourself.gmail.invalid (Dildo Baggins)
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Date: Jun 07 2017 15:09:26
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/opinion/qatar-saudi-arabia-iran-trump.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=0


The more heinous sin for which Doha is being punished is its
willingness to acknowledge that Iran occupies a position as an
important regional power and that political Islamists like Hamas and
Hezbollah have a role to play in determining the future of the Middle
East. To put it bluntly, Qatar is being penalized for refusing to
accept the status quo of the past 40 years, and for daring to challenge
the conventional wisdom in the gulf that bashing Tehran, buttressing
military strongmen and suppressing political Islamism are the right
path for the region.

For the governments in Saudi Arabia, United States and Israel, such
divergent thinking is not merely undesirable but heretical. While these
three powers pay lip service to the idea of peace in the Middle East,
narrow self-interest increasingly drives their thinking. And this
shortsighted calculation underpins their unlikely-seeming alliance.

This is not to paint Qatar as an innocent party that deserves no
criticism. Doha’s posture since the Arab Spring as a champion of
political reform stands in marked contrast to the near-feudal nature of
its own system of governance, whereby the ruling al-Thani family and
some 200,000 Qataris hold sway over a population of about two million
foreign residents.

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Dildo Baggins <dildo@gofuckyourself.gmail.invalid>


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