Wednesday, April 18, 2012



At Global Research, on 17 April 2012, there is an article, by Finian Cunningham, entitled Qatar Military Coup "Rumours" Stir Bad Blood With House of Saud

According to Finian Cunningham:

1. There are rumours of a failed military coup against the ruler of Qatar.

2. There were media reports that American military helicopters had taken the Emir and his wife to a safe unknown destination.

3. On 17 April 2012, Saudi news channel Al Arabiya reported the coup bid against Qatari Emir Al Thani.

4. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have both done the work of the US-led NATO, for example in Libya and Syria.

Both are bankrolling mercenaries and jihadis from Iraq, Libya, Lebanon and elsewhere in a bid to be top dog in the region.

Both have been funding election campaigns of Islamist parties in Egypt and Tunisia, aligned to the conservative Muslim Brotherhood.

The Western powers use these parties to shunt and blunt popular calls for greater democracy.

5. But, there is rivalry between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as each wants to be top dog.

6. In Qatar, there are reported tensions within the Al Thani ruling family and other powerful clans over what critics of the Emir call 'his excessive alignment with US foreign policy and breaking of Arab ranks'.

There are also domestic problems of corruption owing to the Al Thanis monopolising Qatar’s property market.

7. The Saudi rulers have been implicated in previous suspected coup attempts against the ruler of Qatar - in February 2011, 2009, 2002 and 1996.