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Saudi prince starts fight he can’t finish

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08.07.2017

The deadline that Saudi Arabia and its allies set for Qatar to submit to their “non-negotiable” demands was postponed from Monday to Wednesday and still Qatar made it plain that it will not comply. It says the demands are “reminiscent of the extreme and punitive conduct of ‘bully’ states that have historically resulted in war.”

The delay is a sure sign that the bullies don’t know what to do next.

They presumably thought the Qataris would buckle under their threat, and didn’t bother to work out their next move if it didn’t. So what happens now? Does Saudi Arabia invade Qatar? It could easily do so if it wanted to: Qatar has one-tenth of Saudi Arabia’s population, an undefended land border, and tiny armed forces.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has the support of Donald Trump in his blockade of Qatar, and he could probably talk Trump into accepting an invasion too. Moreover, this is the man who committed Saudi Arabian forces to the vicious civil war in Yemen on the mere (and largely unfounded) suspicion........

© The London Free Press