Street thugs have been roped in to continue the bullying of Qatar after the country handed over its official response to the demands to the Kuwait’s ruler. Though, the details of the response is unavailable, it is believed to be rejected as Qatar had earlier claimed that the demands “were made to be rejected”.
“At the invitation of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, there will be a quartet meeting of the foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in Cairo on Wednesday July 5 to follow up on the developing situation regarding relations with Qatar,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement.
Though, the outcome of this meeting cannot be anticipated, the fresh arrests, remarks, tweets, leaks and even political cartoons coming from these countries reveal a worrying sign. Egypt’s regime recently arrested daughter and son-in-law of the Qatar based cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi, a former ‘spiritual guide’ of the Muslim Brotherhood.
They were arrested over the allegations of membership in a ‘terrorist organisation’. Qaradawi was sentenced to death in absentia in 2015. He is on a recent sanctions list by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain – and has previously been denied entry to the United States and the United Kingdom.
The UAE’s ambassador to Russia, Omar Ghobash, also warned about more sanctions and also stripping Qatar from the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, moreover the allies may also ask their business partners to choose between them and Qatar.
Egyptian MPs have went on to say that Cairo could build a base on a Bahraini island near Qatar and send Egyptian troops there. However, the worst was from Saudi media.
The Qatar spat is producing some serious vitriol. Although it’s not clear if this guy is a terrorist, mobster or pirate (or all three) pic.twitter.com/9O3Vdf2ciY
— Asa Fitch (@asafitch) June 30, 2017
Dubai’s ex-police chief tweeted that Qatar was ‘part of the UAE’, suggesting Abu Dhabi intends to annex Qatar after the deadline.
‘Okaz’ a Saudi pro-government newspaper, listed possible new sanctions next to a baseball bat bashing a ball with the head of Qatar’s emir painted on it. The list includes ‘isolating Qatar from its Islamic and Arab surroundings’, whatever that means.
— Ahmed Al Omran (@ahmed) July 3, 2017
It is hard to predict which way the crisis might go, considering the lack of transparency and accountability among the blockading countries.
However, judging from what their officials, so-called journalists and crude cartoonists are saying, one could expect more thuggery and bullying, inspired by Hollywood villains… and street gangs.