Crisis in the Middle-East

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This is - surprisingly - not actually "old news". For the past many years, a great deal of the conflicts in the middle-east have been insurgence, civil war, and anti-terror conflicts. But now, for the first time years, it appears an actual war is brewing.

Namely, the state of Qatar is on the brink of invasion. 

If this seems like news to you, it's because this entire crisis has only been brewing over the past few days, generally out of the spotlight of most media. 

It all began on May 23rd. Qatar News Agency, a state news agency, ran a rather unconventional story about the Emir making pro-Iranian comments and statements that supported the Hezbollah and Hamas groups. Qatar later made a statement that QNA had been hacked by unknown actors, but Saudi Arabia and the UAE cut off diplomatic ties with the nation, and other Middle Eastern nations expelled Qatari diplomats.

Though it's believed that the group responsible is Russian in origin, Moscow has denied these claims. Even if the group involved is Russian in nature, it doesn't mean the attack was state sponsored.

Regardless, Turkey's parliament has now passed a bill that authorises the deployment of soldiers to reinforce Qatar. It should also be noted that the United States holds military bases in Qatar.


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Holy. Shit. This is gonna be interesting to see develop.

Excuse my ignorance, but Qatar is a pretty well off nation, innit? I mean like industrialized and economically stable, etc. Do they also have similar disdain for human rights as their neighbors?


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SilberioHoly. Shit. This is gonna be interesting to see develop.

Excuse my ignorance, but Qatar is a pretty well off nation, innit? I mean like industrialized and economically stable, etc. Do they also have similar disdain for human rights as their neighbors?


Never apologise for a question.

You're correct - Qatar is very well off. I'm not certain on the specifics, but I believe Al Jazeera and the likes are hosted in Qatar, and there are a number of other organisations with base or origin there.

And yes, they're horrid when it comes to human rights. As I recall, there was a bit of a controversy a while back because the stadium intended to be used for the World Cup in a few years, is being built by what amounts to slaves. And there's no such thing as health and safety there.


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Quatar's position has caused some friction with the other Arab countries over the last couple of years, but this escalation is interesting. Especially the "fake-news" element and the unusual terrorist attack in Iran shortly after. Maybe this is the beginning of a next phase in the sectarian conflict that was mostly a proxy war carried out in Yemen and Syria so far.

The US apparently sold a very large bundle of weapons to the Saudis not long ago; USD 110 billion, that's about 3 German annual defense budgets. Saudi Arabia already has one of the largest and most modern armies in that region. They are outspending Iran 6 to 1 on weapons.