Friday, June 23, 2017

The Pot Give the Kettle Ultimata

The closure of the Qatar-funded broadcaster al-Jazeera is among 13 wide-ranging demands tabled by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States as the price for lifting a two-week trade and diplomatic embargo of Qatar.


Saudi Arabia and the other nations leading the blockade – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt – have in recent days been put under pressure by the US state department to set out specific demands in an effort to help establish a mediation process.


Donald Trump, the US president, has appeared more sympathetic towards the Saudis, in what has become the Gulf’s worst diplomatic dispute in decades.

  The Guardian
Yes, and we know why.
The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has said the demands had to be reasonable and actionable.
Shutting down the most popular news organization in the Arab world is reasonable? Oh, yeah. In dictatorships. (Also, the list includes shutting down all news outlets Qatar gives funding to.)
Qatar has become reliant on Turkey, and to a lesser extent Iran, for the supply of food since since the embargo came into force on 5 June. It has previously said it would not hold talks until the embargo was lifted.


Qatar has been given 10 days to comply, but the ultimatum is silent on what would happen if the demands are not met.

Ten whole days? How generous.

Actually, according to this article, it gives an accounting of what would happen:
Agree to all the demands within 10 days of it being submitted to Qatar, or the list becomes invalid.
That's the 13th point on the list.

The list of demands are set out in this article.
Qatar insists it does not fund terrorists, and says the embargo is a punishment for following an independent foreign policy more sympathetic to the principles of the Arab spring.
I think that's a big factor. As far as supporting terrorists, Saudis have a lot of nerve to criticize ANYbody else on that subject.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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