High School Brawl Among U.S. Allies

Yesterday, it was noted that the United States government was considering withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council because of the alleged unfair treatment of Israel by the body, but as I pointed out previously, Israel is, in fact, responsible for numerous violations of human rights. Perhaps, as many in the U.S. have suggested, Israel is non-proportionally targeted (seventy anti-Israel resolutions versus seven against Iran), but US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley also made it a point to make sure that the council was aware that it was unfair that Cuba and Venezuela were members. Of course, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, two members that are responsible for human rights violations (especially preventing freedom of speech and assembly with military force) would receive no contest from the United States due to their status as compliant allies.

While Haley was attempting to persuade the council and crying over Israeli’s treatment in the UN, conflict arose between a few of the U.S.’s wonderful, freedom-loving allies. The woman-mistreating, Wahhabi jihadism-supporting kingdom of Saudi Arabia sparred off diplomatically against Qatar, which is the host of Al Udeid Air Base and a large American presence. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt, and Yemen also joined in the fun, followed later by Mauritania, Mauritius, Maldives, and East Libya (Libya is in the middle of a civil war, so it is currently divided up among different factions). Qatar, a country wealthy from oil but dependent on Saudi Arabia for food, is in the process of becoming isolated, and Qataris will no longer be able to leave their small peninsula by land nor will there be any transportation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia (land, sea, or air). Since it may be cut off from transportation on the southwest side of the Persian Gulf, it may be forced to look northeast (Iran) for assistance.

This is exactly the kind of thing that occurs when countries make entangling alliances with other countries and groups, but I will spare the details of World War I and the message pertaining to foreign affairs from George Washington’s Farewell Address to talk about what Qatar has done to receive such harsh consequences. Saudi Arabia and its gang do not care much about Qatar’s suppression of speech and poor treatment of women because that is commonplace among kingdoms in the Middle East, but they do mind its support of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is classified as a terrorist group by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and UAE. Although not stressed by the Saudi coalition, Qatar has also supported other radical Islamic groups like al-Nusra, which is linked to al-Qaeda. Indirectly the tiny kingdom has also supported ISIS through these groups and by its own citizens being permitted to donate to it. The other factor in the rebuke of Qatar is its possible warming relations with Iran, which is despised by many countries in the Middle East. Qatar’s king (emir) Sheikh Tamim Al Hamad Al Thani (try saying that ten times fast) made comments about Iran being a model nation in the Islamic world and how it is demonized by the Trump administration. If the consequence for the leader of a country making a simple comment about a country that the Saudi government hates is isolation for his entire country, imagine what that government would do to you if you criticized its policies.

What is the United States government’s response to this whole fiasco? Could it be: why is Qatar responsible for human rights violations or why is it inadvertently (or maybe not) aiding ISIS or other radical Islamic groups that the U.S. is at war with or are considered bad guys by other allies? No, of course it is not. It is: blame the Russians. Maybe the Russians hacked Qatar’s state news agency to provide a fake story and are trying to cause deteriorating relations among its allies to cause chaos in the Middle East and weaken American influence in the region. Perhaps the intelligence community will come up with something that can be traced back to Russia, but remember the Vault 7 WikiLeaks report. The CIA can gather malware from another country and emulate it in a cyberattack, meaning that it can make Russia appear culpable when it is not.

Thanks for reading, and if you were interested in this topic, please take a look at my book, The Global Bully.
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Published on June 07, 2017 11:29
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