US Congressmen and military figures have continued to show their displeasure over America’s relations with Qatar. For them, Doha is not to be trusted. The wealthy notorious Arab nation is termed as the ‘pariah’ by most of them including some Jewish American groups as well.
All have been in tandem with the fact that Qatar allegiance with Iran and terrorist groups should be brushed aside.
At a special conference titled “Ally or Strategic Threat”, held in February this year, Representative Warren Davidson, a Republican from Ohio and a former US Army officer indicated how Qatar is facilitating Hamas by letting its senior leaders operate in Doha and “funding Al-Qaeda affiliates like an al-Nusra front.”
It is known that initially, Trump had moved away from Qatar, but suddenly Congress realized that he was welcoming the Emir and shaking hands with the terror funder, keeping aside everything that means trouble from Doha. The possible reason for this could be America’s military interest in the base set up in Doha, which seems to be a carrot that Qatar has stuck out to the US and has won the favour of Trump administration. America enjoys the presence of the Al Udeid Airbase, the largest US military base in the Middle East in Doha.
On the flip side, Charles Wald, a retired US Air Force general who was deputy commander of US military operations in Europe, is of the opinion that Qatar cannot play favourites both sides.
“Qatar has to choose. They have to decide if they’re going to be aligned with traditionally GCC Western countries or if they want to align themselves with Iran,” Wald said
“You can’t have it both ways because Iran does not allow both-way playing. That’s the problem. You’re dancing with the devil when you start working with Iran,” he added.
But strategist that Qatar has become over the years since it was expelled by the Arab Quartet, the Arab nation has found ways to win favour on its side.
Shmuel Boteach is a Jewish preacher in the US. Boteach has pointed out how Doha has used fellow American Jews such as lawyer and commentator Alan Dershowitz by bribing him into accepting a Qatar-funded trip to meet the country’s leaders and then praising the country. Qatar is known for making use of PR to influence public perception. There have been many such invitations that have proven controversial within the American Jewish community and the US public.
“That whitewash will live in infamy in the annals of the American-Jewish community,” Boteach said.
But Trump administration continues to ignore these signs and has all its focus towards what best can come with being friends with the enemy; Qatar.
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