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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Infighting in the Fighting

 Bomb Site in Reyhanli

From The Asia Times:

A warning shot for Turkey-Qatar axis
By Alper Birdal and Yigit Gunay

...Right from the start of the "Arab Spring", a great competition between Saudi Arabia and Qatar has raged, especially in Egypt. The domination of the Muslim Brotherhood in all the countries visited by the "Spring" troubled Saudi Arabia very deeply.

Of course, the problem was not about the "support of radical elements". In a sense, Saudi Arabia was supporting the Salafi groups that are more radical than Muslim Brotherhood. The real issue was to gain the upper hand in political influence.

Since the initial Syrian crisis turned into a full-scale war through the provocation of foreign forces, in the polarization of these forces Turkey has openly sided with Qatar.

The forming of this two "block of alliances", one by Qatar and Turkey and the other by Saudi Arabia, Jordan and United Arab Emirates, has sharpened to such an extent that triggered various bloody operations - such as the mysterious suicide attack on a Qatari convoy in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, on May 5.
A good read to get an idea of the intricacies of the intrigues of this Diplomacy of Death.

Remember: a good deal of this is being paid for by our tax money.

If the Tea Party were ever to develop a well-formed and credible policy and strategy, I might just join. I hate funding a foreign policy based on thoughtless and flippant wars and threats. And I hate paying for it. The time is coming when we, like Henry David Thoreau, will find ourselves in our own Walden jail cells, refusing to fund this cynical regime of violence, a regime which extends on both sides of the aisle, and has captured the hope of the future.


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