Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Qatar Deepens Hamas Ties
The Gulf state is trying to lure the Foreign Terrorist Organization Hamas--effectively, the Sunni Islamist, Palestinian Arab arm of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood--away from Shiite Islamist Iran. Qatar is also trying to build Arab street cred relative to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to create a string of Islamic republics--a program that is inherently threatening to the anachronistic autocracies of the Arab world.
Fear of the MB's rise--which is supported by the Obama administration, which asserts that the organization represents the so-called moderate wing of Islamism, a clerical fascist creed--has prompted the Gulf monarchies, including Saudi Arabia, to support even more extreme Salafists, who openly sympathize with Al Qaeda.