QATAR - The Sheikdom That Roared

Arno Froese

Like Grand Fenwick, the remote duchy that declared war on the US in The Mouse that Roared, the sheikhdom of Qatar teased powerful neighbors with impunity. Now the wrath of its brethren has laid bare the Qatari farce, and with it the tragedy of Arab treasure that the tiny emirate helped waste.

Though half the size of minuscule Slovenia and having but 313,000 citizens, the peninsula that points north from the Arabian Desert’s eastern coast fashioned itself as a pain in everyone’s butt.

Like schoolkids spraying their teachers with a fire hose, the Qataris had a wonderful time annoying Arab leaders by broadcasting unflattering footage from their troubled lands and critical punditry from beyond their realms.

Even funnier—for the Qataris—was Western applause for their “democratic” innovation, even though no Qatari prince ever let Al Jazeera report what was happening in the sheikhdom that peeked from its headquarters’ windows.

An even funnier capture of a foreign creation was the emirate’s purchase—there is no better way to describe this—of the right to host the world’s greatest athletic event, soccer’s World Cup.

Realizing that their mostly empty flatland is an ideal air base and its location opposite Iran is priceless, the Qataris let the US plant on their soil a major military hub that is home to 11,000 American troops, features the longest runways in the Gulf at 3,810 meters, and can park 120 jets at any time.

It turned out that the Qataris invented a new type of foreign policy, one that can be called counter-neutrality, meaning that they were the opposite of Switzerland: Rather than take no side, they took all sides.

Qatar’s resources—originally oil and now mostly liquefied gas—created a political deformity, a land whose 2.6 million inhabitants are nearly 90% foreigners.

Instead of seeing in such immigration a moral duty, a social asset and an economic engine, the way Israel did with its Russian and Ethiopian immigrations, the Gulf states fend off Arab immigrants, even Syria’s refugees, sending them instead to brave Mediterranean waves and ram European walls.

Worse yet, Qatar’s world-leading $130,000 annual per capita income—besides excluding its foreigners, and besides reflecting geological deposits rather than economic work—reaches a minuscule nobility rather than the Arab masses whose despair sparked multiple civil wars and destabilized the world.

-www.jpost.com, 9 June 2017

Arno's commentary

There is no end in sight when it comes to conflict between the Arab states. The Arab League was founded in 1948, with six member nations: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen. More nations were added, to make it 22 today. The Arab League occupies a territory larger than the United States, at 13,132,327 sq. km, with a total population of over 423 million (USA 9,833,520 sq. km, population 325 million). The Arab League’s greatest enemy is tiny Israel (20,770 sq. km). Interestingly, however, while the unity against Israel is well-established in all Arab countries, Israel is developing into the most thriving and successful country not only in the Middle East, but also the world.

The Arab nations continue to exhibit this unity against Israel, but with the latest case of Qatar, one sees that unity between these countries grows more unrealistic than ever.

If we ask why, we have the answer in Scripture; namely, that Israel is the nation and the land God chose, and all who are incensed against them will, in the end, not experience unity but “discord.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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