October 2, 2012, - 1:00 pm
Despite the Western conventional wisdom and the empty claims of American diplomats and elected officials, Qatar is neither a moderate state nor an American ally. This is the country whose royal dictators founded, finance, and run Al-Jazeera (on which the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, has a weekly show to spew his extremism, including fatwas to blow up American soldiers and Israeli Jews). It’s a country that strictly adheres to the Arab Muslim boycott against Israel. And, now, Qatar is the first to open a diplomatic office in Gaza, officially recognizing–and giving the halal seal of approval to–HAMAS.
In a boost to Gaza’s Hamas government, the Gulf state of Qatar said on Sunday it opened the first diplomatic office in the isolated territory since the Islamic military group took power five years ago.
Qatari officials said the office is not a formal embassy. Instead, it will oversee hundreds of millions of dollars in aid projects Qatar is funding.
Nonetheless, it is headed by an ambassador and marks a key stamp of legitimacy for Hamas, whose takeover of Gaza in 2007 has never been internationally recognized.
Hmmm . . . does that sound like a U.S. ally to you? (BTW, former Bushies Condi Clueless and Stephen Hadley are partners in a lobbying/consulting firm that does a ton of biz with the Al-Thanis and their favored Qatari cronies.)
Tags: Emir of Qatar, Gaza, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Hamas, Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani