This week we have the latest twist to the ongoing saga of the Middle East-- the blockade and severing of ties with neighboring Arab states with Qatar.
Qatar has been a known terrorist haven for decades. Qatar has provided a haven for The Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, The Taliban, Al- Qaida, Al-Nusra, and top leaders of Hamas that since the severing of ties for left the nation in response to the political pressure.
They are also known for bankrolling these groups and providing a stable platform to voice support for terrorist organizations by Arab media network, El-Jazeera. At the same time, Qatar has burned the candle at the other end by permitting the huge US Airbase at Doha from which the US launches air strikes throughout the region. Qatar also partially funds operations there in a cooperative effort with the US. They do this despite releasing official statements like "The US views Hamas as a terror organization, but to the rest of the Arab nations, it is a legitimate resistance movement.
"We do not support Hamas; we support the Palestinian people." This is a slick turn of phrase that says they do not support terror organizations while doing exactly that.
Qatar is dancing with the devil on both ends and attempting to keep its balance in the process. They are using the US as a military shield against its larger, more powerful neighbors while taking care not to offend their more ideological neighbors by quietly supporting terrorist organizations.
Qatar has a population of 2.2 million people of which 88% are foreign. The US must make it clear now that they can not support these organizations. No longer can they have it both ways, or we will leave Doha airbase and stop being their shield. This is the significant leverage that Qatar dare not ignore and we can thus deprive terrorists yet another safe haven in our hunt for their extinction.