by Randall Stevens
This is part II of a look at Qatar’s support for Hamas, and the American alliance with Qatar. Part I details the long history of criminality and terrorism of the Qatari government, including the collusion in the 9/11/2001 attacks, narcotics and human trafficking. It also explains America’s interest in Qatar economically and militarily. Click here to read ‘The Long Arm of Qatar’
Infiltration of the Military Academies & CIA
Wait a minute… why was the former Emir of Qatar at West Point anyway, when that Bergdahl deal was struck? He was at the graduation of his son! This may surprise you, but American military academies regularly accept foreign cadets. It is done for a variety of reasons, including building better relations and cross-service training. As Qatar is a close American ally, the fact that Hamad Victor Nazim, younger brother of the current Emir, graduated from America’s most prestigious military academy is in itself not scandalous. But considering who Qatar supports – al Qaeda, the Taliban, and IS[IS] – the newest graduate from “Harvard on the Hudson” should raise some very serious security concerns for our military.
Military training in foreign lands is an an al-Thani family tradition. Like his father, the current Emir, Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani is a graduate of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious military academy, the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. Although it may be tempting to explain this away due to the fact that, until 1971, Qatar was a protectorate of the UK, there is a more practical explanation. London, or “Londinistan” as it has been called, has a major presence of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists. After being thrown out of Egypt (again) when Morsi’s government fell, the Brotherhood moved their headquarters to London. HSBC Bank, whose own headquarters are in London, has a reputation of money laundering for Islamists and terrorists. This July, an investigation revealed an “aggressive Islamist agenda” in Birmingham schools, north of London.
Britons, too, might consider checking on their Qatari “friends.”
Why stop at the military academies? Credible sources within the Beltway have identified none less than John Brennan as a likely Islamist infiltrator. Though it has been practically erased from the public’s memory, a report in 2010 called Sharia: The Threat to America, and issued by the Center for Security Policy whose Board includes former CIA Director (under Bill Clinton) R. James Woolsey, states, in part:
“[I]t is hard to overstate the danger associated with the President of the United States having as his top advisor [Brennan] in these sensitive portfolios someone so severely compromised with respect to shariah and the threat it poses.”
The report was issued when Brennan was Counterterrorism Advisor to Obama. He was given a promotion to Director of the CIA in 2013. Concerns, anyone?
The Caliphate for the Caliphaters
In June, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS[i], declared a new Caliphate. Much can be said about the lead up to this declaration, the genocidal nature of its founders, and the illicit nature of their funding. In a previous article, The Caliphate is Back in Business, I explained the background and intentions of the new Islamic State. The focus here will be on who are the international backers of ISIS.
The area controlled by ISIS, as its name implies, spans regions of Syria and Iraq. ISIS is partially comprised of those same “Syrian rebels,” who were funded, supported, and armed by the United States and Qatar. Captured documents reveal deep Qatari involvement in the creation of ISIS. (Note that Qatar was also integral in the creation of the Nigerian Islamist group, Boko Haram, which was originally set up as a money making venture.) The Acting Qatari Ambassador in Libya was instrumental in recruiting 1,800 jihadis for ISIS. An article in the Daily Beast, America’s Allies are Funding ISIS, details Qatari, Kuwaiti, and Saudi funding for ISIS. Yet Saudi Arabia has amassed 30,000 troops on its borders precisely due to the ISIS threat; and the Kuwaiti charge comes from The Brookings Institute, which has a satellite in Doha, and takes money from the Qatari government.
Should there be any doubt where local alliances lay in the Middle East, in March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Doha. The reason? Each country felt that the al-Thanis were attempting to overthrow their governments. That month, Saudi Arabia also demanded three things of Qatar, lest they face a blockade by Saudi forces: that they shut down Al Jazeera; that they close Brookings Doha; and that they end the presence of the RAND Corporation on their peninsula. (Note: RAND’s presence in Qatar ended at the end of 2013, unless KSA knows something we don’t.)
Looking at a map, that ISIS has survived this long is simply perplexing. They are surrounded on all sides with alleged foes. In Iraq, the military fights for its life, for when ISIS captures Iraqi military prisoners, they are summarily executed in scenes reminiscent of WWII. In Syria, Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian military has been at war with these people since March 2011. According to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Iran is working with the Iraqi government to contain the ISIS threat. Jordan has been a perennial foe of al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood; the same can be said for Saudi Arabia (the first country in the world to expel the Ikhwan), Israel, and Egypt. How is it that ISIS continues to thrive?
ISIS has three important backers: Qatar, described above, Turkey, who under Erdogan has become radically Islamist, and… the United States under Barack Obama. Turkey, like Qatar, welcomes back the Islamic Caliphate. The last Caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, had its capital in Istanbul until 1924. Recep Erdogan is a proud Islamist who has severely curbed the alcohol industry in Turkey and repealed the ban on the Islamic head covering imposed the secularist modernizer, Kemal Ataturk. Qatar and Turkey are partners on a variety of economic issues as well, including a liquefied natural gas pipeline, a highway across Bulgaria, and construction projects. Turkey, with Qatar and the United States, backs the Syrian rebels (and thus ISIS), and has allowed their border with Syria to be used as a transit zone.
Turkey, like the United States, is a member of NATO. This means they are part of the integrated security force that was established during the early Cold War to provide a common defense against the Soviet Union. NATO countries share protocols, standards, and a variety of other systems that allow them to act as a cohesive bloc. Qatar is the heart of the United States military in the Middle East, making them all but an official NATO member. Is NATO’s de facto policy support for ISIS? It is a legitimate question that few people are willing to touch.
We know that Obama refused to intervene in Iraq, even as ISIS horrified the world with indiscriminate slaughter. ISIS has rampaged against the Christians, in what many people have rightly called a genocide. Iraq’s Christian population has dwindled away to practically nothing in Mosul, where it used to be 60,000 strong. Syrian Christians have been persecuted and massacred from the beginning of the Syrian war, with crucifixions making a modern comeback. In case you were unsure whether Christians were being singled out by the jihadis, they made it clear enough when they destroyed Jonah’s tomb, a sacred landmark for Christianity. Like the Taliban’s destruction of the ancient Buddhas, anything that predates Islam is considered haram and thus must be eradicated.
In July, a startling report came out that sheds light onto the American relationship with Qatar and, by proxy, Hamas. Qatar, who pledged $400 million to Hamas in 2012, is also a multi-million dollar donor to the Clinton Foundation. The Foundation’s own website classifies “The State of Qatar” as a donor in the class of between $1-$5 million. Recall that it was under Bill Clinton’s administration that the World Trade Center was first attacked by KSM’s nephew, Ramzi Yousef; and it was his administration who welcomed the input of the Islamist organization, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR, est. 1994), which has ties to Hamas. As Secretary of State, in 2010 Hillary lifted the U.S. visa ban on Tariq Ramadan, the son of one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founders, Islamic legal scholar Sayyid Ramadan. (Sayyid was also the son-in-law of Hasan al-Banna, the charismatic founder of the Brotherhood.) Tariq holds the positions of Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies (Qatar), and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in Doha. Qatar, where else.
The Jewish Question
The Qataris, with assistance from the Obama administration – and certainly others within our government, in both parties, who all deal with defense and energy lobbyists – are behind the debacles in Libya and Egypt, Boko Haram in Nigeria, the downfall of Iraq, ISIS, and support the Taliban with Dawood Ibrahim. Their operations target Christians and any secular Muslim state. Unexplored in this article, but fairly conclusive, is a Qatari connection to Mexican cartels and other Latin American drug and human trafficking gangs.
Knowing this, is it surprising that Qatar, and apparently this administration, are behind the ongoing attack on Israel by Hamas? The evidence is abundant. Yes, like the Obama administration and State Department, they pledged funding to Hamas. As such, the pieces fall right into place.
Begin with John Kerry, the head of the U.S. Department of State, and his “intifada” comments in November. The kidnapping of their teenagers leads to Israeli military retaliation, and the players line up as expected:
- Egypt, the traditional (and original) broker between Arab states and Israel, offers to negotiate a peace settlement, which is accepted by Israel and rejected by Hamas. (Egypt has not only sentenced hundreds of Muslim Brothers to die for their reign of terror, but also arrested several Al Jazeera reporters.)
- Islamist Prime Minister of Turkey Erdogan lashes out at the Egyptian negotiations. He lambasts Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi: “Is Sisi a party (to a ceasefire)? Sisi is a tyrant himself… Egypt is not a party … They are trying to legitimise (the Sisi administration) in Egypt. It is not a legitimate administration. It is illegitimate… Hamas is a party there.”
- The state sponsor of terror, criminal Qatar, offers to negotiate a peace settlement. They are viewed by the American media, somehow, as a more neutral party – see CNN’s coverage here, which fails to appreciate that Qatar is a backer of Hamas. The UK’s Guardian describes Qatar’s unique ability to offer a “channel of communication” between Israel and Hamas, calling to mind their role in the Bergdahl deal. Breitbart describes the Qatari plan as “Hamas friendly.”
- The Israeli press picks up on the Qatari connection to Hamas. In an article entitled “Qatar and Hamas: A Dangerous Link,” a columnist for Israel Hayom writes, “There is a colossal, systematic failure in how the U.S. has mapped its interests across the region, as well as in how it has worked toward achieving them. The U.S. missteps start in Iran and then head to Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Africa, the Arabian peninsula and all the way to the ends of the Earth. A random cab driver in Washington probably could have navigated better for the U.S…. even the amateurs know Qatar and Turkey have been arming and funding the most lethal terrorist organizations in the region — the Islamic State group (formerly known as ISIS), the Nusra Front and al-Qaida.”
- John Kerry, in his anti-Israel posture that we’ve come to expect, is caught on camera mocking the Israeli military operation in Gaza. He says “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” while talking to an aide. He goes on to tell the aide, “We’ve got to get over there.”
- Israeli President Shimon Peres accuses Qatar of becoming “the world’s largest funder of terror.” Quite true, President Peres.
- Kerry inserts himself into the negotiations, and travels to Egypt. He receives an exceptionally frosty reception, and is subjected to a metal detector security screening.
- The terror megaphone, Al Jazeera, makes the case for Qatari, rather than Egyptian, mediation. “That Sisi is unfit to mediate should be plainly clear, given his history with Hamas and its parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas was established during the first intifada as a Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood — which it officially remains in the Hamas charter… Secretary of State John Kerry is close with Qatar’s foreign minister, Khaled al-Attiyeh, who can bring Hamas to the negotiating table.”
- Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman seeks to ban Al Jazeera from operating in Israel, calling it “the pillar of propaganda in the Middle East.”
- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration prohibits American air travel to Israel for two full days, after Hamas rockets land near the Tel Aviv airport. Some in Israel view this as a form of economic sanction, a reward to Hamas. Senator Ted Cruz questions whether the ban was a “political decision,” rather than one made out of genuine safety concerns.
- Hamas rockets are found found in United Nations-run schools in Gaza, turning civilian buildings into legitimate military targets and endangering the lives of Palestinian children.
Qatar-backed ISIS is in the process of liquidating all traces of Christianity, and Christians, in Syria and Iraq. Qatar-backed Hamas has as its stated goal the destruction of Israel. Without any doubt, Qatar is a major United States ally, militarily, economically, and through educational proxies and agreements. President Obama, whose friendship with Islamist Erdogan is relatively well-known[ii], has, in addition, an affinity with the rulers of Qatar, the al-Thani family.
Do the citizens of the United States realize the extent that the Obama administration does the bidding of Qatar? Is it not reasonable to suggest that the American public, which broadly supports Israel, would be strongly against American involvement in a genocide of Middle Eastern Christians? Due to these relations, is it so far to suggest that the Obama administration is practically at war with Israel?
The goal of Qatar and their allies is the establishment of a Caliphate across the entire Middle East, extending into Africa, Asia, and Europe. Like the Ottoman Empire before them, responsible for the Armenian genocide, and previous Caliphates before the Ottoman Empire, their treatment of the Christians and Jews would be violent, cruel, and unbending.
To fund the dawning of a new Islamic era, the Qataris, with the Pakistani ISI and Turkey, rely on criminal activities including narcotics trafficking and slavery. Their supposed fidelity to Islam is trumped only by their craven need for profit through human suffering.
Should the American people come to understand Obama’s foreign policy priorities, impeachment – accompanied by mass civil protest and outrage – would follow.
[i] ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, or IS, the Islamic State, are the same thing. [ii]Although the Obama-Erdogan friendship was legendary, Erdogan now claims they no longer speak directly. Citing a fallout after Obama failed to use air strikes against the Assad regime, the Turkish Prime Minister now says they communicate through their foreign ministers. tweet