Cairo – Bashir Al-Adl
Doha is in trouble for supporting terrorism
The official response from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), by turning down the Qatari regime's request to join the NATO, came as a new international confirmation, of rejecting Doha's pro-terrorism policy.
Despite the close cooperation between Doha and the NATO, especially after the alleged Arab Spring, and Doha's actual participation in the NATO's activities, which contributed to the elimination of some Arab regimes in the North African countries, this cooperation, which was evident in Libya, when Qatar took part in the attacks on Late Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and the strongholds of his regime, until he was toppled, and even Gaddafi himself was targeted later, did not help Doha with accepting the request announced by the Qatari Defense Minister, Khalid bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, a matter which is deemed a new message by the NATO to Al-Hamadeen regime that its cooperation with the NATO doesn't vouch for Qatar's irregularities, whether in the law of accessing the NATO, or even in the terrorist support practices.
The reason for rejecting Doha's request may be legal. An official at the NATO, which includes twenty-nine countries, and according to France Press, said that joining the NATO is limited to Europe and the United Stated only, according to Article no.10 of the Washington document. However, there are many other reasons, topped by Doha's support for terrorism, were behind NATO's rejection of Qatar's request, especially as there is fruitful cooperation between them. As Al-Attiyah declared, as a justification for the request, Qatar is a major ally outside the NATO and it establishes real cooperation with the NATO that develops day after day.
Still, the main aim of the Qatari Minister's request to join the NATO is the outlook for the ties between Doha and Washington, and that has undergone a change by the latter, because of Doha's support for terrorism and throwing itself into the arms of Iran. Hence, Qatar's tendency to form NATO bases on its territory, similar to the U.S bases, which Washington has hinted at the possibility of leaving the Qatari, lands because of Al-Hamdeen regime's pro-terrorism policy.
These are the main reasons, which the Italian Channel "TPI", highlighted with regard to the Qatari request and the NATO's reaction to it, stressing that Doha targeted, by its accession request, to face of the crisis that Doha has been through with the international quartet fighting terrorism; the KSA, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. The TPI considers that Qatar's support for terrorism in the world is a barrier to Qatar's achievement of its objectives, while the four Arab countries insist that Doha should renounce support for terrorism.
In the face of all evidence that Qatari regime is involved in supporting terrorism and the armed militias and causing harm to humankind, Dutch lawyer Elizabeth Ziegfeld has filed a lawsuit against Qatar before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. She provided evidence, and according to the Spanish Newspaper "El Confidencial", Qatar is proved guilty in supporting terrorism in the region, especially in Syria, in which Qatar supports extremist groups, pointing out that prosecuting Qatar before the ICC is on behalf of a group of Syrian refugees, totaling up to one-hundred victims, demanding compensation from Qatar for the damage they have been suffering because of Qatar's direct support for al-Qaeda In Syria since 2013.
As a result, in last April, the Dutch lawyer warned the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, demanding compensation for the victims of terrorism in Syria, which has been caused by Qatar and the need to provide compensation to the victims, the subject matter of the lawsuit. She granted him a term of month and a half since that date; otherwise, the lawsuit will be filed before the ICC. Yet, the Qatari regime did not respond, according to the Spanish newspaper, which quoted the lawyer as saying that she has strong evidence and statements from many sources, confirming that Qatar transferred funds to terrorist entities in Syria. Among the evidence, are correspondence via the social media, press investigations and civil organizations' reports, that all confirmed Qatar's support for terrorism and funds for the armed entities and militias.
Thus, no matter how Al-Hamdeen regime has tried to conceal its crimes of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region because only days, legal prosecutions, and political and economic pressures reveal that Doha has no more room for supporting terrorism. It will end up with Qatar by being brought before the ICC and ejected out of the Arabic incubator, if it does not change its policy and return to its senses, especially as the Arab arm and incubator, the main resort for Qatar, are still stretched and open to Qatar's repentance from supporting terrorism.