Thursday, July 6, 2017

Or Else Has Arrived

The four Arab states leading the boycott against Qatar said late on Thursday that Doha's refusal of their demands to resolve a Gulf diplomatic crisis is proof of its links to terror groups and that they would enact new measures against it.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain released a joint statement carried by the countries' state media saying their initial list of 13 demands was now void and pledging new political, economic and legal steps against Qatar.


Any measures taken by the four states would be aimed at the Qatari government but not its people, they said, without elaborating on when the new steps would be announced or what they would entail.

They didn't meet the Sunday deadline. Then they missed the extended Tuesday deadline. Now they're gonna get it. But what they're gonna get, we don't know.
The range of sanctions that Qatar’s Middle Eastern neighbors might see fit to impose next on the gas- and oil-rich nation may aim for a "symbolic effect rather for a real effect," according to Allen Keiswetter, a scholar at the Middle East Institute and former US Department of State official.

  Sputnik News
Whoa. That'll teach 'em.
Dr. Christopher Davidson, associate professor in Middle East Politics at Durham University’s School of Government and International Affairs suggested the four countries might seize Qatar’s assets in the countries belonging to the coalition aligned against it.
Well, we're just guessing now, aren't we?
The alliance against [Qatar] may not have options to inflict further damage.

As the world's top liquefied natural gas exporter, Qatar is so rich -- at $127,660, its gross domestic product per capita in purchasing power terms is the highest of any country, according to the International Monetary Fund -- it can deploy money to counter almost any type of sanction.

In the past month it has arranged new shipping routes to offset the closure of its border with Saudi Arabia, deposited billions of dollars of state money in local banks to shore them up, and drawn the interest of some of the West's biggest energy firms by announcing a plan to raise its LNG output 30 percent.

So maybe the cabal - aka 'alliance' - aligned against it is just starting with this and will dupe the tRump into invading Qatar.
"As long as we can sell our products we can withstand this for a very, very long time. The only thing that can really hurt us is if they block the gas exports, but then you provoke a crisis in the world," said a top Qatari banker.

"The economy will suffer but not to the point that we Qataris will suffer," he added, declining to be named because his bank still does some business in other Gulf Arab states. "Instead of having five maids at home, we'll have three."
Damn! That's cold.

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

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