The 13-article list of demands handed by the Gulf nations to Qatar is a total fiasco

In addition to the boycott and embargo imposed on Qatar by the Gulf nations, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, a 13-article list of demands was handed to the country. The countries also gave Qatar 10 days to comply with their demands.

One of the most absurd demands on the list is to shut down the Al-Jazeera media network. The list also demands halting the development of a Turkish military base in the country and cutting ties with Iran. Unless Qatar fulfills those demands within 10 days, will those countries attack and occupy Qatar? Will they intervene in the broadcasting activities of Al-Jazeera?

In a nutshell, the tension between Qatar and those countries has seemingly gone off the rails. While commenting on the crisis, I have paid special attention to not becoming enraged at the Arab countries and avoid getting at odds with our Arab friends. But President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi's Egypt is also among these so-called friends. Also, we still are not convinced that the UAE was not behind some of the plots targeting Turkey's stability.

It is not easy to comprehend why Saudi Arabia has chosen to start such an irrational crisis. Making plans to corner a Muslim country during the holy month of Ramadan does not seem to comply with any rational mindset. However, the latest replacement of the heir to the throne in Saudi Arabia demonstrated that the country operates like a family business. As the family uses its name for the country, assigning a new heir to the throne seems to be no different to assigning a general manager to a company. And this company is now working on some projects that will dig the grave of another country in the region.

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