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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ron Prosor, "Club Med for Terrorists": What About the US Arms Sale to Qatar Totaling $11 Billion?

Earlier this month, I submitted an opinion piece to The Washington Post entitled "Kerry, Cairo and Qatar: The Mystery Surrounding an American Foreign Policy Fiasco." I observed Qatar's links to radical Islamic organizations throughout the Middle East, including Hamas, the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State, alternatively known as ISIL or ISIS. In addition, I noted the Obama administration's demand that Israel accept Qatari mediation of the Gaza conflict, coming on the heels of the July sale by the US of $11 billion of arms (including 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles) to Qatar.

What use does a nation the size of Connecticut with a population of 2 million have for so many anti-tank missiles? None. You know as well as I do where these missiles will be headed.

Last Wednesday, the same day on which I was notified by WaPo that they were not interested in my opinion piece, German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar of financing Islamic State terrorists. Of course, Merkel is unwilling to take a position with respect to these allegations directed against the world's richest country per capita.

Today, in a guest opinion piece entitled "Club Med for Terrorists," Israel's ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, asks that the world tell Qatar to stop financing Hamas. Prosor writes:

"In recent years, the sheikhs of Doha, Qatar’s capital, have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Gaza. Every one of Hamas’s tunnels and rockets might as well have had a sign that read 'Made possible through a kind donation from the emir of Qatar.'

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[Qatar] harbors leading Islamist radicals like the spiritual leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who issued a religious fatwa endorsing suicide attacks, and the Doha-based history professor Abdul Rahman Omeir al-Naimi, whom the United States Department of Treasury has named as a 'terrorist financier' for Al Qaeda. Qatar also funds a life of luxury for Khaled Meshal, the fugitive leader of Hamas."

No mention, however, by Prosor of the July sale by the United States of $11 billion of advanced armaments to Qatar. Why no mention? Perhaps given Israel's current difficult relationship with the Obama administration, he didn't wish to pour fuel on the fire.

Me? I don't need to be diplomatic. The sale of these weapons to Qatar by the Obama administration is nothing less than an obscenity.


  1. "The reason I'll be released is the same reason you think I'll be convicted. I *do* rub shoulders with some of
    the most vile, sadistic men calling themselves leaders today. But some of these men are the enemies
    of *your* enemies. And while the biggest arms dealer in the world is your boss - the President of the United States,
    who ships more merchandise in a day than I do in a year - sometimes it's embarrassing to have his fingerprints
    on the guns. Sometimes he needs a freelancer like me to supply forces he can't be seen supplying.
    So, you call me evil, but unfortunately for you, I'm a necessary evil."
    -Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage; 'Lord of War').

    Welcome to the brave new world where shady arms dealers like 'Yuri Orlov' are no longer required to complete
    these kind of transactions. With the stroke of a pen, the POTUS can push an $11B arms deal through to an
    evil dictatorship while denying Hellfire missile shipments to Israel.

  2. Here's another reason why Qatar enjoys VIN (Very Important Nation) status with the US State Department.

    So, Curtis was released on a "humanitarian basis without payment of money"? Either someone is lying or in lieu of money, Jabhat al-Nusra and Hamas were promised shiny new weapons - guess where from?

    Too bad James Foley couldn't get in on that 'combina' before he was murdered.

  3. Read an interesting piece about how the Anglo billionaires comprised of Wall Street, the US and UK bankers and the military industrial complex are trying to create as much chaos as possible, especially by arming the terrorist backers. Create enough mayhem and then swoop in to "rescue" the world and create the "World Bank" to control us all. I figure only Israel stands between their hefty plans to control us all and G-d's will to demonstrate who really runs the world.

  4. otoh, Qatar hosts Al Udeid Air Base (for the USA), and there also was an army base dedicated to supporting CENTCOM ops, including supply and logistics.

    Recommend re-reading the end of Fromkin's "Peace to End All Peace", from Ch 42, 'The Unreal World of the Peace Conferences' to the end. History now repeats what did not work 100 years ago when the Hashemites lost to the Wahhabis...

  5. The whole purpose of U.S. foreign policy is to sell weapons on behalf of the military contractors. The State Department is nothing more than a sales force for these companies. There is no morality connected to the sale of weapons.