Qatar has been described as a high-level financier of terrorism by US President Donald Trump on the tenth of this month. Trump also considered that Qatar is a top financier of terrorism, which means the existence of information about Qatar's funding of terrorism. This information could open many legal gates that could lead the Emir to the International Criminal Court for crimes against civilians regarding his involvement in financing, supporting and providing arms to terrorist organizations.

 

The Qatari leadership is not taking this crisis seriously. Qatar relies heavily on the double support of Iran and Turkey, who are unable to protect Qatar if a broader international coalition is built to deter it from continuing to finance and support terrorism. Turkey is stuck in the Syrian crisis, and cannot provide a military support for Qatar given its growing fears about the Kurds' aspirations, despite the claim of sending about 5000 Turkish troops to Qatar. Iran, on the other hand, cannot stand against the United States to protect the throne of the Qatari Emir.

 The commercial interests of the two countries made them want to benefit from the crisis, extorting the greatest amount of money from Tamim in order to provide food commodities and make Qatar look as if not affected by the boycott imposed by the Gulf and Arab countries - an image for which Tamim would pay a few billion dollars to the Turks and the Iranians. The fact is that the Qatari economy has been severely shaken, the Turkish economy is weakening and the tens of billions of dollars invested in World Cup facilities may be lost, not to mention that the organization of the World Cup may be taken away from Qatar.

 Politicians say that Sheikh Tamim made a grave mistake by betting on the Revolutionary Guards and the Turkish forces to protect Qatar. He did not think rationally about ways to solve the crisis but rather focused on protecting his regime against the anger of the Qataris, who realized that their country supports terrorist organizations while claiming the support of the Syrian people at times, and the Palestinian cause at others.

 A sane person cannot place a country like Qatar in a fierce conflict between the regional and great powers, nor can he risk the security and stability of his people and open the door to outcasts and individuals expelled from their countries to live in Doha hotels and receive the highest allocations of the Qataris' money, but the Emir thought that he can someday use them as a pressure card on their countries.

 Cloning big countries' policies in owning all the cards and playing with all the parties is an unaccountable risk. Qatar is a small country that does not have the overall strength to face regional anger in case its plots are revealed. This is what has already happened after the GCC countries ran out of patience.

 The US president says that Qatar is a financier of terrorism and he is aware of it, but we can assume that what is between the lines here is much bigger and that the former US administrations have turned a blind eye to the disasters of the Qatari leadership for certain considerations. The current US administration has taken responsibility to encounter terrorism and block its funding sources very seriously.

 Trump's statements confirm that Al Udeid Air Base no longer has a future in Qatar because it is unreasonable that the United States will maintain its largest military base outside the country within a State sponsor of terrorism. This uncomfortable situation explains US diplomacy attempts to ease the crisis with Qatar and absorb the anger of the GCC countries to gain some time to decide the fate of US forces and equipment at Al Udeid Air Base and set another headquarters to get rid of this situation that is harmful to the US military's reputation.

 The series of events did not give the Qatari leadership an opportunity to structure the details of the entire scene and to develop an integrated picture of the strategic disaster that it has caused to the country because of its vanity.

Tamim's reaction and his request for urgent Turkish and Iranian protection also confirm the validity of the statements attributed to him about the dependency on Al Udeid Air Base to protect Qatar from the alleged ambitions of neighbouring countries. He relies, in his unconscious strategic vision, on the idea of foreign bases. All the media and funding tools that he possesses are not beneficial for the State or the Qatari people in any way.

 Do Qataris benefit from sending tens of millions to terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria? Is there a single Qatari who can agree that his country sends financial allocations to the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood? Do Qataris agree about spending their country's money on issuing newspapers and broadcasting television spots from different countries, with the aim of insulting the ruling regime in Egypt?

 

The end of the Qatari impasse will not come through Turkey or Iran, but through stopping the financing of terrorism and then sitting at the negotiating table to prove serious intentions.