The demand list is short. Clearly missing from this list, is any basis for the demands.
But, it is clear underlying these demands is a general accusation that Qatar supports terrorism. It is accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood through commentary from the Al Jazeera news network. The Muslim Brotherhood is recognized only by certain countries as a terrorist organization.
Further, it is accused of harboring terrorists within its country. In this respect, we can welcome Qatar to the club as we too harbor “terrorists.” Surprised! They are only labeled terrorists by leaders outside of our country.
One US harbored terrorist is Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish national, who according to Wikipedia:
He is currently on Turkey’s most-wanted-terrorist list and is accused of leading what the current Turkish officials call the Gülenist Terror Organisation (Fethullahçı Terör Örgütü, FETÖ). A Turkish criminal court issued an arrest warrant for Gülen. Turkey is demanding the extradition of Gülen from the United States.
Mr. Gulen is 76 years old, and came to the US in 1999 for medical reasons. He was an ally of President Erdogan until the anti-corruption protests in 2013. The US has refused to turn over Mr. Gulen, until it receives evidence of terrorist activities. Why make a fuss over just one elderly man which has been convicted of crimes against Turkey? Because of our values and national sovereignty. Gulen has a US permanent visa. Also, he has never advocated violence. In fact he is very much against Islamic violence as follows:
Gülen has condemned terrorism. He warns against the phenomenon of arbitrary violence and aggression against civilians and said that it “has no place in Islam”. He wrote a condemnation article in the Washington Post on September 12, 2001, one day after the September 11 attacks, and stated that “A Muslim can not be a terrorist, nor can a terrorist be a true Muslim.” Gülen lamented the “hijacking of Islam” by terrorists.
President Erdogan’s definition of a terrorist is likely the same as Syrian President Assad, as anyone whose ideas might threaten the continuation of his regime.
President Obama did not hand over our “terrorists” without sufficient evidence of terrorist activities. President Trump will do the same. Qatar will do the same.
The demand to shut down Al Jazeera will fail. Saudi Arabia can not tell a news network in another country what it can and cannot broadcast.
It is hoped that this list of demands will highlight the fact that the blockade led by Saudi Arabia is political power grab and has no role in the fight against Islamic jihadists. It also shows how the Saudi’s “played” President Trump’s visit to their maximum advantage.