Never Forget: Qatar’s Role in the September 11 Attacks
By William Michael
This Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 al Qaeda terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93. On that infamous day, 19 hijackers killed 2,996 innocents in a grand declaration of war against the United States, leaving a permanent scar in Manhattan’s skyline. Two wars followed, both which were tentatively won by President George W. Bush, and subsequently lost by President Barack Obama. Indeed, the emergence of the Islamic State (aka ISIS/ISIL) can be traced directly back to the events that followed September 11, 2001.
Today, leaders in our federal government seem to have willfully forgotten the ideology that caused all pain, destruction and death. Instead of steadfastly fighting against the forces that contribute to Islamic jihad, they have actually allied themselves more closely with it. In particular, the Gulf State of Qatar – where the United States hosts two of its largest military bases anywhere in the world – has become an integral political, economic and intellectual ally of America.
Not many people realize this, but it was Qatar, not Saudi Arabia, who hosted the architect of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, from 1992-1996. The terror master lived in the Qatar’s capital city of Doha, a guest of Abdallah bin Khalid al-Thani, then Qatar’s Minister of Religious Affairs. KSM was on the payroll of the Qatari Ministry of Water & Electricity, “employed” with a no-show job that allowed him to groom his terrorist credentials. In 2003, when the international pressure to capture the perpetrators was at an all-time high, it was Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar’s Supreme Ruler, who helped hand him over to George Tenet’s CIA.
For eight years under the leadership of G.W. Bush, America prosecuted the War on Terror with admirable vigor. We can debate the wisdom of invading Iraq, deposing Saddam Hussein, and the flawed strategy that did not lead to a strong, lasting government in the cradle of civilization. Thirteen years on, it goes without saying that military leadership, the intelligence community and the State Department failed to anticipate even a small fraction of the complications that arose in the vacuum of Saddam’s power. Yet following the successful surge and the concurrent “Anbar Awakening,” Iraq was relatively stable. The Islamic State of Iraq, which would later merge with the “moderate” Syrian rebels to form ISIS, saw their leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed by American forces in 2006.
What the American public never fully digested, perhaps by design, was that al Qaeda and their ideology of Islamic totalitarianism by sharia, were spinoffs of the Islamist mothership: the Muslim Brotherhood, aka the Ikhwan. Nowadays, confused pundits call the Muslim Brotherhood “moderate” Islamists (see here). But Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden’s spiritual advisor and now top dog of Al Qaeda proper, remains among the most influential Muslim Brothers, which brings us back to Qatar and the Obama-era program of empowering so-called “moderates”: the Arab Spring.
Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood are practically indistinguishable. Although the Brotherhood is a transnational movement, their home today is Doha. The spiritual leader of the Brotherhood, whose core belief has always been death in the pursuit of jihad, is Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Qaradawi broadcasts across the Middle East over Qatar’s Al Jazeera television station to an audience of an estimate 80 million viewers each week. Qaradawi, with the full approval of the Qatari ruling family, the al-Thanis, was the mouthpiece for the Arab Spring. Jihad was the idea that overthrew Mubarak in Egypt, Gaddafi in Libya and is trying to oust Assad from Syria. There was nobody more persuasive and forceful in calling Muslims to join the fight against these nationalistic strongmen than Qaradawi. In 2011 Qaradawi issued a fatwa that called for the murder of Gaddafi; in 2013, Qaradawi urged all Sunnis to join the Syrian “rebels,” (i.e., al Qaeda/ISIS) to defeat Bashar al-Assad.
When a “moderate rebel” takes a knife to a journalist’s neck, what separates him from a so-called extremist? Does a moderate use a sharp blade, an extremist one that’s dull? The simple truth is that there are no moderate jihadis, only dedicated fanatics seeking desperately to die for their warped cause of a global caliphate. We know this because it’s in their credo…the Muslim Brother Hasan al-Banna’s credo.
Yet it would be wrong to ascribe all the victories in the Arab Spring by the Brotherhood to the al-Thanis, for the Qataris had a reliable ally in the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Fighting alongside the Libyan rebels, who, surprise, turned out to be al Qaeda, were NATO airstrikes, led by the United States. Of course, the Qataris also sent fighter jets to assault Gaddafi, and even sent military trainers to Libya to train the rebels. In hindsight, Libya had no chance to establish a modern, secular, democracy following Gaddafi; the deck was fully stacked to ensure that the worst actors would gain power. Today, Libya resembles Afghanistan: an anarchic hotbed for terrorists, smugglers and Islamists, where the rule of law is completely absent.
More than even Libya, the Brotherhood in Libya wanted Egypt. It was in Egypt that the Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by the Hitler-admiring Hassan al-Banna, with the explicit goal of reestablishing a caliphate after the demise of the Ottoman Empire (and Caliphate) in 1924. Mubarak, the lynchpin in the peace between Israel and their Arab neighbors, was quickly thrown under the proverbial bus by Obama. After gaining power in free Egyptian elections, the Brotherhood acted swiftly to implement sharia law whilst persecuting Christians, burning churches to the ground in a conflagration reminiscent of Kristallnacht.
Syria presented yet another opportunity for Obama to partner with Qatar for a rebel-driven overthrow of a secular government. It was predictable that American-supplied arms being sent to “moderate” Syrian rebels via Qatar ended up in the hands of what would become known as ISIS. According to PBS, American military advisers even brought Syrian rebels to Qatar for training. Seeing as how the United States also supplied communication equipment to the rebels, it is simply inconceivable that we were unaware of this supremely dangerous situation. The policy of arming ISIS, undoubtedly, was a deliberate choice. Perhaps CIA Director John Brennan, who was identified as a major security risk in a report issued by a team of researchers which included former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, had something to do with that?
On one hand, the facts presented above are deeply alarming. But should they really come as a surprise? Qatar has effectively co-opted not only the American military based in Doha, but several of America’s most trusted brands in policy, commerce and education. These include the influential foreign policy think tank the Brooking Institute, Georgetown University, Carnegie Mellon, ExxonMobil, Miramax, Boeing and Lockheed-Martin.
Nothing like working for the enemy.
Do you find the Qatari influence in American society to be traitorous? Do you think that the public at large should be aware that many big names in the American establishment have themselves intertwined with the same state behind the attacks of September 11, 2001? Would you like to do your part to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks and free America from the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood as represented by Qatar?
What can you do about it? The Qatar Awareness Campaign.
In the month of October, a coalition of concerned journalists, publishers and activists will be campaigning to alert the public of Qatari-influenced businesses, organizations and individuals. The Qatar Awareness Campaign seeks to put pressure on the ruling al-Thanis to completely sever their ties with Islamists from al Qaeda to ISIS. Should you like to be a part of the campaign and help spread the word, like the Facebook page Stop Qatar Now, and follow it on Twitter, @stopqatarnow.
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William Michael is a financial industry professional and freelance researcher/journalist based out of New York City. He has a special focus on foreign affairs and transnational organized crime, and the intersection of the two with American domestic politics.