Debka: The Qatari Emir Eyes Gaza's Hamas As His 'Al Qods'-Style Militia
The Qatari ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, decided to visit the Gazoo Strip this week, becoming the first Arab ruler ever to visit the Paleostinian enclave, not merely as a benign patron with a large $245 million dollar check for the beleaguered population. He has big plans for its rulers, the Islamist Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, which could have wide-ranging repercussions for Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Ramallah-based Paleostinian Authority headed by Hama's rival the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
| Interesting speculation from Debka, plays into a discussion Pappy and a few others have been having on these pages. Key graphs for our purposes below, more at the link. |
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
He will no doubt enjoy a warm welcome, not least by making naught of the Israeli sea blockade against the Gazoo Strip where Hamas seized power in a coup in 2007, two years after Israel handed the territory over to the Paleostinian Authority.
Sheikh Hamad's plans for Gazoo are an extension of his own regional ambitions. Two years ago, he began making his mark on Middle East politics in Libya, where he pressed his security and special forces and cash into the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
operation for overthrowing Muammar Qadaffy
...who single-handedly turned a moderately prosperous kingdom into a dictator's fantasyland and was then murdered by his indignant subjects 42 years later...
. After Qadaffy was killed, the Qatari emir took a hand in the Syrian conflict, sponsoring some of the factions fighting to rid their country of Bashir al-Assad.
The exact relationship between radical factions and militias under Qatari patronage and the Al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) network branching out across North Africa is hard to pin down with any precision. But it leaves a gray area which was exploited for the murder of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi on Sept. 11.
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