The people of the tiny Islamic emirate of Qatar were the ones who actually saved President Biden from a “de facto hostage crisis involving 125,000 people,” according to a new report from the Middle East Media Research Center.
“Qatar saved the U.S. president and his administration from a de facto hostage crisis involving over 125,000 Americans,” the report explains. “It persuaded the Taliban to allow the Americans and some of their local helpers to leave the country after the Taliban had conquered it fully in fierce battles in the first half of August 2021. According to [Secretary of State Antony] Blinken’s testimony before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. had to decide between opposing the Taliban conquest or a speedy flight from the country, and Qatar allowed the U.S. a fig leaf of respectability for this flight.
“Had the Taliban not acquiesced, a de facto hostage crisis involving 125,000 people and a bloody and chaotic urban war in Kabul against the Taliban could have developed. This would have been curtains for the Biden presidency. Given this nightmarish scenario, Qatar is truly entitled to all the plaudits heaped upon it by the administration. Moreover, the saga isn’t over since Biden left behind many who are yearning to leave,” it explained.
MEMRI cited America’s “deference” to Qatar, from the president, secretary of state and secretary of defense. Blinken said, “What Qatar has done here – for Americans, for Afghans, for citizens of many other countries – will be remembered for a long, long time.”
But the fact is Qatar is only an emirate of some hundreds of thousands of people, most of whom are foreigners, whose rulers, the Aal-Thani clan, “survive only thanks to the American airbase on their soil,” the report said.
It also “gave safe haven to the mastermind of 9/11 Khalid Sheikh Muhammad in the Doha municipal water department.”
The report said Qatar’s influence over the Taliban comes from the most basic source: money.
“Everyone knows that what accounts for Qatar’s influence all over the world is its money,” the report said.
It has, for years, granted subsidies to the Taliban even while it was murdering American troops, the report said.
Further, Qatar was able to persuade America to have Kabul release 5,000 fighters – and set up an agreement to withdraw.
And it was worked for years with Pakistan teaching Western governments to “shut up and fork over the money,” the report said.
The report noted, “It is not too difficult to understand the American president’s domestic political need to withdraw the troops from Afghanistan, and abandon a strategic position that constitutes a bone in the throats of Russia, China, and Iran. What is impermissible is self-delusion and conning others into believing that the retreat promotes the administration’s new strategic priorities, when it effectively sabotages them.”
The report warned, “Inevitably, this situation will explode sooner or later,” and when the balloon bursts, “America’s further loss of power will be collateral damage to Doha’s downfall.”