I would say this is an interesting development if Khalfan weren’t a notorious clown. You might remember him as the guy constantly on television “investigating” the supposed Israeli assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
Since then Khalfan has been aggressively challenging the Muslim Brotherhood and its Qatari backers, but this might be a step too far. Not that it would be a bad thing, but I have trouble taking the idea seriously.
Tensions among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been further aggravated, when a top Dubai security official, General Dahi Khalfan stated that Qatar was the “eighth emirate” of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Last month Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar for “for interfering in other countries’ internal affairs.”
Qatar is an integral part of the UAE,” the outspoken Khalfan, a longtime critic of the Doha-backed Muslim Brotherhood, wrote on Twitter on Monday, demanding his country “reclaim” Qatar.
“We must put up signs on our borders with Qatar stating: ‘You are now entering the UAE’s eighth emirate,’” said Khalfan.
Even Khalfan isn’t really talking about doing anything, but laying a meaningless territorial claim. Still it does show how much Qatar has infuriated its neighborhoods with its embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The concluding unreported Tweet from Khalfan is that “Qatar should not be ‘a safe haven’ to the so-called ‘Muslim’ Brotherhood.”
Then, feeling bored, Khalfan decided to get into a Twitter fight with Kuwait.
The Dubai Chief of Police, Dhahi Khalfan, has accused the Gulf States, and especially Kuwait, of destroying Iraq, saying Kuwait’s unprecedented retaliation against former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait left nearly a million Iraqi orphans.
On his personal Twitter account, Khalfan praised Hussein, saying: “Saddam, son of Iraq, stood in front of the gallows as a man who defeated all his opponents and showed respectable courage.”
This is Khalfan’s second verbal attack against Kuwait within a month. Previously, he had accused the state of funding the Muslim Brotherhood, leading some liberals to accuse him of McCarthyism, or making accusations of treason without proper regard for evidence.
So Middle Eastern politics as usual.