It’s the perfect cover! Promote your medieval state as moderate and modern by hosting international events and by starting a satellite news channel, Al-Jazeera. Also make absolutely sure that 50% of the satellite network’s staff belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, and to hedge your bets, offer the world’s only super power a few choice pieces of real estate in order to keep the scam going.
That’s what the Qatar government has been doing over the last 14 years, when Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa deposed his father in a bloodless coup. Creating the Al-Jizz news network was a stroke of genious which can’t be denied, the “news” network (under the guise of serious reporting) is more than willing to funnel al-Qaida press releases to the world and to champion the Palestinians’ terrorist war against Israel. KGS
–There has been a significant presence of the Muslim Brothers (also known as the Muslim Brotherhood) in Qatar since the second half of the twentieth century. The first wave came from Egypt in 1954 after Nasser had smashed their organization. The next wave came from Syria in 1982 after Hafez el-Assad bombed their stronghold in Hama. The last group arrived after September 11, 2001 – from Saudi Arabia.
–In 1995, the present Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, deposed his father in a bloodless palace coup. One of his first steps was to establish the Al Jazeera satellite channel in 1996, which is the most viewed station in the Arab world with an estimated audience of some 60 million.
–There was never any doubt about the network’s political orientation. Al Jazeera immediately launched scathing attacks on Israel during the Second Intifada and went on to incendiary broadcasts against the United States at the time of the Afghanistan conflict and over Iraq. It was later revealed to be in contact with bin Laden, and was the medium of choice for the video and audio cassettes of bin Laden and his men.
–During the U.S. war in Iraq, the Americans accused the station of being pro-Saddam, and after the war, of presenting the terrorist groups active in the country in a positive light. One of its reporters stationed in Baghdad always seemed to arrive suspiciously quickly, with his camera, at the site of terror attacks. During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Al Jazeera behaved as a Hizbullah spokesman. During the Gaza war, a senior Al Jazeera reporter stationed himself at Shifa Hospital, from where he broadcast a stream of carefully selected horror pictures.
–The Egyptian Maamun Fendi wrote in Asharq Alawsat that some 50 percent of the network’s personnel belong to the Muslim Brothers. He believes that Qatar, by embracing the Brothers while hosting American bases, has found the perfect formula against retaliation by Arab leaders and attacks by Islamic extremists. Al Jazeera has become a weapon in the hands of an ambitious emir who may be driven by the Muslim Brothers and who is threatening the stability of the Middle East.
–With the Muslim Brothers increasingly aligned in recent years with Iran, by repeatedly attacking the Sunni Arab regimes and inciting against them, Al Jazeera is serving as an important instrument for Tehran and its effort to undermine their internal stability.
Could Qatar and Al Jazeera’s satellite channel located there be secretly manipulated by the Muslim Brothers? This is a question frequently asked by Arab media trying to puzzle out the high profile adopted by the ruler of the tiny desert country and the nationalistic and radical Islamic content of the channel he owns.
NOTE: TINSC comments: “Leasing bases to U.S. Armed forces is a violation of Al-Qaida’s edict that forbids “crusaders” on Muslim soil. Just thought I’d mention it. For some strange reason, Qatar has this on-going feud with the Saudi Royal Family. It’s a personality clash. Moreover, there have been some anomalies in Qatar’s behavior. For many years after the “magic handshake”, there was an Israeli trade office in Qatar. I wouldn’t ascribe too much to that fact; nor the fact that Al-Jazeera boasts of having an Orthodox Jew as one of their reporters. When a country is ruled by a dictator, there are no “rules” that can’t be broken.”