"...And yet, Qatar’s Brotherhood policy amounts to an enormous gamble. Qatar is already experiencing enormous friction with its partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council. On a regional scale, Doha’s bet that the Brotherhood would become a politically unstoppable force is looking less safe.... At one time, it may have looked as if the Brotherhood branches across the region enjoyed strong popular support, but that is now less of a certainty.
But the riskiest reason for the partnership between Doha and the Brotherhood is that the Islamist group has shown it cannot be trusted ... The emir may think he has made himself so necessary to the Muslim Brotherhood that it could never turn against him. But a look at history should give him pause. Despite its vast wealth, Qatar is barely a speck in the map of the Middle East. If the Brotherhood does emerge successful from all the turmoil, it will become a force much more powerful than Qatar and its regime. The emir of Qatar may discover he has helped build a movement whose loyalty he cannot control. ..."
Friday, February 1, 2013
"Doha’s bet that the Brotherhood would become a politically unstoppable force, is looking less safe"
Posted by G, M, Z, or B at 5:41 PM