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Gulf confrontation worsens as deadline looms for Toad ultimatum to Qatar
Peter Symonds, WSWS, Jun 29 2017

The extraordinary ultimatum delivered last week to Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies is due to expire next Monday with no sign of any resolution to the increasingly tense stand-off. Qatari officials have flatly rejected all the Toad accusations and sharply criticised the hypocrisy of the Toads and their allies, which have backed right-wing Islamist groups in the Middle East and more widely. In an interview this week with Sky News, Qatar’s Finance Minister Ali Sharif al-Emadi noted:

Osama bin Laden is not Qatari, he’s a Toad! The people who hijacked the planes and bombed New York, 15 of them were not Qataris, they were Toads and Emiratis!

Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed al-Thani, director of Qatari PR, issued a statement last Friday saying the demands demonstrate “the illegal blockade” was not about terrorism but “limiting Qatar’s sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy.” The Toads are demanding that Qatar follow Riyadh’s foreign and military policy and pay reparations for the alleged damage caused by its policies. Toad Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who met with Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, declared the demands were non-negotiable. He tweeted (in Arabic):

It’s up to the Qataris to amend their behaviour and once they do, things will be worked out but if they don’t they will remain isolated.

This hardline stance was echoed by the UAE’s ambassador to Russia, Omar Ghobash, who indicated in an interview with the Graun on Wednesday that the four-nation bloc was considering tougher penalties on Qatar, including secondary sanctions on countries that trade with Qatar. Ghobash said:

One possibility would be to impose conditions on our own trading partners and say you want to work with us then you have got to make a commercial choice.

He also raised the possibility of expelling Qatar from the GCC, which he said was certainly under discussion. Asked if the confrontation could lead to military conflict, Ghobash declared that the risk was “not from our side.” In reality, the aggressive Toad-led blockade is an act of war in itself that has been followed by an ultimatum designed to be rejected. Bahrain accused Qatar of “military escalation” after Turkey last weekend airlifted armoured vehicles to Qatar and hinted it might send more troops. Turkey has rejected a demand to remove its troops. The confrontation has led to an open rift in Faschingstein, as Tillerson seeks to end the brawling between Pindo vassals in the Gulf triggered by Pres Trump’s encouragement of the Toads. After the demands of the Toad-led bloc were made public, Tillerson declared last weekend they would be “very difficult for Qatar to meet,” but suggested the list included “significant areas which provide a basis for ongoing dialogue, leading to a resolution.” His remarks put him at odds with Trump who supported the blockade, saying it was “hard but necessary.” Trump effectively gave the green light for the Toads’ aggressive actions against Qatar as part of the intensification of Riyadh’s confrontation with Iran throughout the Middle East.

Tillerson’s bid to defuse the standoff in the Gulf is backed by the Pentagon and the State Dept, which are deeply concerned at the implications for the al-Udeid air base in Qatar, home to 11,000 Pindo grunts and forward HW of CENTCOM. While the Pentagon undoubtedly has plans for a confrontation with Iran, its present focus is on thwarting Iran in Syria as the GWOT against Daesh becomes more (and more) openly a conflict to remove the Assad regime. Pindo war planes bombing Syria fly out of its base in Qatar. The Pentagon registered its disapproval of the blockade by approving a $12b sale of advanced weapons to Qatar this month. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, publicly cut across Trump’s backing of the Toad-led blockade this week by writing in a letter to Tillerson that he would “withhold consent” from all arms sales to Gulf countries until their dispute was resolved. He wrote that the conflict among the Gulf states “only serves to hurt efforts to fight Daesh and counter Iran.” The threat to halt arms sales would not apply to deals already approved, but could affect the $110b package of offensive weapons for the Toads that was agreed during Trump’s trip to Riyadh last month. While the Trump administration could ignore the existing protocol of seeking Corker’s approval, the senator’s letter shows that significant sections of the political establishment regard the conflict between Pindo vassals in the Gulf as a disaster. A NYT editorial threw its weight behind Corker’s threat to arms sales as “a way to end the impasse and force some sort of resolution.” It branded the “dangerous dispute” as a diversion from fighting Daesh and other serious challenges, and warned:

Nothing good can come of this dispute if it is allowed to persist.

The public divisions in Faschingstein over the Pindo stance toward the Gulf dispute highlight the reckless, incoherent and crisis-ridden character of Pindo foreign policy in the Middle East and internationally. A quarter century of Pindo-led wars in the region has left millions dead, destroyed entire societies and profoundly destabilised the nation-state system imposed by French and British imperialism after WW1. The standoff between the Toad-led bloc and Qatar adds another potentially explosive trigger to the existing powder kegs, particularly in Syria and Yemen, that could set off a region-wide and international conflict involving all the major powers.

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