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Proxy war

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Thinking of the Qatar problem. Considering the probable role Al-Jazeera played in the build-up to this crisis. Bribe/purchase of billions of dollars’ worth of death machines from the United States by the Saudis and later by the Qataris. Where should Iran be placed in all that has been happening? Which are the countries sponsoring terrorism? Who are the terrorists? Who are “the good guys?” Who are the freedom fighters? Are we facing a war of perception?

Was the Qatari purchase of the F-35 fighter jets from the U.S. some sort of a bribe? Bribe for what? American permission for Qatar to continue on as a state? Was the Qatari sheikh scared of a palace coup, like he did to his father or his father did to his grandfather? Why is he not leaving the tiny sheikhdom nowadays? Would the Saudis settle down if the Qataris conducted a leadership change?

What about Al-Jazeera? The Saudis hate the channel, a rare source of accurate and pro-rights and liberties news in the Arab world. Would closing down Al-Jazeera stop the genie and force it back into the bottle? Of course many people might ask whether what was let out of the bottle some years ago with the start of the so-called “Arab Spring” was indeed a genie to fulfill good........

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