These days, Qatar, Turkey, and Iran are the leading state backers of Islamic terrorism in the region. Qatar is the smallest of them, but is also extremely wealthy, and has bought up a ton of international influence, especially in America where it seems to own half of Washington D.C.
Not to mention its Al Jazeera influence operation.
So it’s a big move.
Even the Trump administration had previously played nice with Qatar and Turkey. But at this point in the game, the administration seems to be throwing away the old shackles and doing all the things it had wanted to do before as President Trump opens up the doors. That includes cutting off Qatar.
British MP Ian Paisley Jr. delivered a shocking presentation last week during a House of Commons debate, saying the American government does not share military intelligence with Qatar, where the US has a huge military base, because the Gulf monarchy is aligned with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“Some of the reading in that report is very worrying indeed,” he said. “For example, it indicates that the USA, our partner, no longer shares information that has military intelligence associated with it with Doha because of its concerns over the proximity that Qatar has to Iran.”
Paisley referenced a report from the management consultants at the London-based Cornerstone Global Associates. “Today, I have left in the House of Commons Library a very important report by Cornerstone into the Fakhrizadeh assassination, which links some of the activities in the Gulf with Qatar and Iran and with the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said.
The Cornerstone report alleges, based on Western intelligence sources, that “Qatar would undertake that it would not permit the US to carry out any attacks against Iran from Qatari territory.”
This is certainly interesting, but it’s a secondary report. It also however highlights the awkward situation where America has a crucial base in an Islamic terror state whose royal family protected the 9/11 mastermind and which is the region’s biggest backer of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Having any kind of intel sharing with an Islamic terror state, let alone one involved with the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, is insane.
And yet it says something about the insanity of our foreign policy that this is the state of play.