July 3, 2017

DEMOCRATS VS SALAFISTS:

Saudi-led Qatar blockade brings Iran, Turkey together (Saeid Jafari, July 3, 2017, Al Monitor)

Turkey's decision to stand by Qatar has divided the region in two. On the one side are Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies who are against Doha, and on the other side are Turkey, Iran and, to a lesser extent, Russia, who supports Doha.

Turkey, and especially President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has continually enjoyed close ties with Qatar's leaders. Their joint support for the Muslim Brotherhood is strong commonality between the two nations. After the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Erdogan expressed full backing for the Brotherhood and Egypt's president at the time, Mohammed Morsi. This is while Qatar has also had close ties with the Brotherhood and enjoys warm relations with the Palestinian Hamas movement. These two groups have always been at the center of Saudi hostility, which is why it was not surprising that on June 7 Turkey's parliament ratified military agreements that allowed its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar.

The Sa'uds are demanding that the Qataris abandon democratic movements and the free press.  It's obvious which is the American side.

Posted by at July 3, 2017 5:08 PM

  

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