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Qatar Rejects the Saudi-led Bloc’s Absurd Demands

Qatar has rejected [1] the Saudi-led bloc’s excessive and unrealistic list of demands:

Qatar’s foreign minister has rejected a list of 13 conditions set by four Arab states for lifting sanctions, saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable.

Qatar’s rejection of the bloc’s absurd demands [2] they were given isn’t surprising. Indeed, this is probably the reaction the Saudis and their allies wanted because they could then use it as a pretext for escalating the crisis. Kristian Ulrichsen notes [3] that the demands were so extensive and outrageous that they were probably designed to be rejected:

Yet, the extent and scale of the demands appear designed to induce a rejection by Qatar, and a possible justification for a continuation, if not escalation, of the crisis. The list, if accurate, represents an intrusion into the internal affairs of Qatar that would threaten its very sovereignty.

Now that the rejection has happened, we are going to find out how far the Saudis and their allies are prepared to take their rivalry with their neighbor and how much reckless behavior from bad clients the Trump administration is willing to indulge. Based on what the president has said so far, we should expect that the U.S. is going to back the Saudis and their allies to the hilt no matter how dangerous and foolish doing that proves to be.

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#1 Comment By Jorge On June 26, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

Eerie parallels to the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum to Serbia on July 23, 1914. A tired monarchy escalates a crisis that could lead to its extinction by picking a fight with a smaller, rising state. Let’s hope the parallels end there.

#2 Comment By JEinCA On June 26, 2017 @ 5:14 pm

If the Saudis actually attack Qatar and there are Turkish military casualties the Turks will try to invoke article 5 of the NATO charter. That would put the Saudis Western NATO allies in an interesting predicament.

#3 Comment By gnashingofteeth On June 26, 2017 @ 6:05 pm

Another thing we are going to find out: Whether the Trump administration will not only tolerate recklessness by Saudi Arabia but also commit American “military advisers” to it.

#4 Comment By Keith On June 26, 2017 @ 6:10 pm

With the Kaiser Wilhelm roll being played by Trump (Don’t worry, we have your back)!

#5 Comment By swami On June 26, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

This could end up very complicated very fast, drawing in other countries in the region. And by the way, does the President understand we have a military base in Qatar?

#6 Comment By Whine Merchant On June 26, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

“And by the way, does the President understand we have a military base in Qatar?”

No –
– There is no Trump Hotel there.
– It’s too small for Tillerson to have gotten around to it.
Al Jazeera is not sufficiently sycophantic.

#7 Comment By Philly guy On June 28, 2017 @ 9:42 am

This conflagration with the Saudi’s is making deplorable Qatar appear in a positive vein.

#8 Comment By Jameel Nogral On July 9, 2017 @ 4:49 am

Polictical leaders have to learn fundamental good manners and right conduct or they don’t need to lead at all.