In the bloody terror-fueled conflicts that have been waged by the U.S. and NATO in Libya and Syria, one man has helped to recruit so-called “freedom fighters” and unleash them on those countries’ innocent civilians. But he has yet to be brought to justice.
by Steven Sahiounie
Part 4 - Qatar: Trump’s scapegoat
So what has changed so drastically to allow for a touted “freedom fighter” like al-Harati to now be labeled as a terrorist? The difference is in U.S. President Donald Trump, who announced during a recent trip to the Middle East that his administration will look at things differently. Trump has singled out Qatar as the sacrificial lamb on the altar in the U.S.’ fight against terrorism – despite the fact that Qatar is just one of several parties who have supported Syrian terrorists, parties ranging from the Free Syrian Army to ISIS. Someone has to pay the price – and this time, it is Qatar.
Qatar does support the Muslim Brotherhood, as does Turkey. It is no wonder that Turkey has sent troops to protect Qatar from attack by Saudi Arabia and the other Arab countries that have lined up with the U.S. against Qatar. But how will U.S., UK and EU leaders explain their own past support and defense of the Muslim Brotherhood? Some may suggest that should the Muslim Brotherhood is outlawed in their countries, their citizens may face chaos and rioting.
Trump and the American people will need to ask themselves if they really want to shut down extremism and CIA-backed jihad – or if they would rather watch Qatar sink into the sand from which it arose?
America lost its war on Syria, and it seems that Qatar will pay the price for allying itself with Iran — Syria’s only friend in the region.
William J. Murray is the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition and director of several aid programs. Murray writes:
“The United States and its NATO and Islamist Gulf States allies have made the disease of jihad more infectious and spread it across the world. The American strategic concept of arming the “enemy of our enemy” does not work when both combatants have an equal hatred for democracy. What the United States has accomplished during two decades of interventionist doctrine is the destruction of several functioning nations that were no threat to Americans, and the formation of terrorist groups bent upon the destruction of the West and the establishment of Shariah-compliant governments worldwide.”
Al-Harati swapped his camouflage military garb for a suit and tie when he became mayor of Tripoli in 2014 – perhaps as part of efforts to reinvent his image. But with his recent arrest in Malta and his arrival on a list of most wanted terrorists, al-Harati’s supporters and sponsors are fading into the woodwork as the shifting sands of the Arab Gulf are making old friends into enemies and old causes are becoming lost.