News Commentary — August 30, 2014
This is an old routine sometimes referred to as a “limited hangout”. In essence it’s a disinformation ploy that amounts to an intellectual sleight of hand, in which an uncomfortable truth is acknowledged but only in part. So that while the public is focused on the partial revelation the bigger and uglier picture evades their attention.
In this case the partial revelation is that Qatar has been helping to sponsor Islamic State (often referred to as ISIS or ISIL) terror. What Fox News obligingly omits to mention however is that not only Qatar is alleged to have financed Islamic State, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are also alleged to helped finance Islamic State terror.
Not only were they helping finance Islamic State, Saudi Arabia and Qatar were allegedly even paying the terrorists monthly salaries.
Worse still, the U.S. has reportedly been involved in training Islamic State terrorists. Reuters was reporting as much over a year ago.
However, readers will note that the following focuses attention solely on Qatar as the guilty party. Thereby diverting attention from the other players involved like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and even bigger players like the U.S. and Israel.
The following article talks about “Qatar’s two-faced foreign policy”, well Alster’s article is two faced journalism in every sense. We also note that Alster is based in Israel, meaning that this may be part of a broader Mossad disinformation campiagn.
Qatar’s role as US ally at odds with claims it sponsors terror
Paul Alster — Fox News August 29, 2014
If the Middle East were one big room, Qatar would be the elephant, according to a growing number of regional experts who believe the oil rich emirate is propping up violent jihadists around the globe even as it poses as a U.S. ally and would-be broker of peace.
Israel has long complained of Qatar’s alleged duplicity, accusing it of meddling, bankrolling Hamas in Gaza, exporting radical Islamic terrorism through its tight links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Nusra. And a German official recently suggested that Qatar may also play a role in funding Islamic State, the savage extremist group behind the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley.
“You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops? The key word there is Qatar – and how do we deal with these people and states politically?” German Development Minister Gerd Muller said last week.
In response, Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah unequivocally denied funding the Islamic State group.
“Qatar does not support extremist groups, including ISIS, in any way,” he said in an emailed statement. “We are repelled by their views, their violent methods and their ambitions. The vision of extremist groups for the region is one that we have not, nor will ever, support in any way.”
Indeed, Qatar was one of the first Middle Eastern countries to condemn Foley’s murder, saying it was “a heinous crime that goes against all Islamic and humanitarian principles, as well as international laws and conventions.”
Qatar hosts a U.S. military base, helped broker U.S.-backed peace talks between Israel and Hamas, helped free U.S. journalist Peter Theo Curtis from Al Nusra earlier this week and even played a role in the U.S. swap of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay detainees earlier this year.
Yet previous statements from U.S. officials indicate that they know Qatar has a multi-faceted role in the region.
“Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally, has for many years openly financed Hamas, a group that continues to undermine regional stability,” Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen told the Center for New American Security on “Confronting New Threats in Terrorist Financing” in March. “Press reports indicate that the Qatari government is also supporting extremist groups operating in Syria. To say the least, this threatens to aggravate an already volatile situation in a particularly dangerous and unwelcome manner.”
Qatar is a U.S. “frenemy,” according to Jonathan Schanzer, of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. On one hand, it hosts the biggest U.S. military base in the Middle East at Al Udeid; invests tens of billions of dollars in the U.S and across the globe in a bid to make itself indispensable and acts as the ‘white knight’ intermediary in hostage negotiations.
On the other hand, Qatar is arming and funding Hamas in Gaza, brazenly fueling violent Arab uprisings including the brief and bloody reign in Egypt of the Muslim Brotherhood and is long alleged to be arming vicious rebel groups in Libya, Mali, Syria, Iraq, and Tunisia.
“Qatar is trying to cozy up to everyone,” Meir Dagan, former head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, warned the U.S. in a 2010 cable revealed by Wikileaks. “I think that you should remove your bases from [Qatar]. [The Qataris] owe their security to the presence of the Americans.”
Noting that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have all recalled their ambassadors from Qatar, Mort Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, called for Qatar to be designated a state sponsor of terrorism.