A few weeks ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that the crisis with Qatar was "a very, very, very minor issue." The Qataris reinterpreted this important statement, suggesting that the emir was condescendingly implying that Qatar is a small country.

It was pointless, however. In a previous article, I mentioned that the Qataris were quite interested in this statement; they thought it meant the crisis will be forgotten by everyone and the rapid developments in our region would make the Qatar crisis fall into oblivion. That's what actually happened.

Qatar thought that as the crisis with the anti-terrorism quartet lasts, the world powers would pressure the four countries to resolve the crisis and a rare opportunity would present itself for the Qatari leadership to claim political victory. Due to lack of strategic vision and of understanding of the unpredictable reality in the region, this plan failed. As a matter of fact, regional affairs took a new turn as the Syrian conflict came to an end, terrorism was defeated and political settlement is taking place.

In light of the present Iranian threats, the consequent Arab League meeting, the successive summits held in Sochi, Riyadh and Cairo in search of a final settlement of the Syrian crisis amid the flood of reports on the Lebanon crisis and the resignation then return of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the Qatari crisis will be the last thing politicians would think about.

One thing that escaped the mind of the Qatari leadership is that the crisis continued to cause damage on every level. Economically, we are seeing an unprecedented depletion of the reserves accumulated from oil and gas sales over the past decades.

Still, the Qatari leadership pretends that the silence of the quartet reflects the absence of alternatives and weakening positions. failing to notice that the Arab countries are dealing with issues bigger that this indeed "very, very small issue." The Saudi Crown Prince was not condescending but telling things exactly the way they are.

Qatari officials are speaking through different media platforms in order to remind the public opinion of their forgotten crisis.

We have recently seen several lengthy interviews with and statements by Qatari officials, including statements of Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani, the man who adopted a new approach. He made provoking statements to attract the attention of the media only to be overshadowed by other more important regional news.

"Qatar is no easy target," Al Thani said, where nobody said they are targeting the country or planning to do so. In another statement, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdulrahman Al-Thani told CNN that "these powers are willing to use unbridled means of intimidation, silencing dissenters, creating humanitarian crises, shutting down communications, manipulating financial markets, bullying smaller nations, blackmailing, fracturing governments, terrorizing citizens, strong arming the leaders of other nations and spreading propaganda." He forgot that it was his regime that cracked down on its opponents, annulled their passports and threatened their tribes with WMDs.

Should "dark ages" in the Middle East come, as he warned, his country will not have a say. The GCC is a unit and will prevail over its adversaries. As for the crisis with Qatar: to oblivion.