Saudi Arabia's Qatar gambit backfiring as it has recreated the Iran-Qatari alliance

That old saying of if you only have a hammer, then you see all problems as nails is very apropos for the declining economic and political power of Saudi Arabia.  Because as their hold over OPEC wanes into that of a paper tiger, and their economic output declines in relation to their falling oil production, the Middle Eastern power has found itself relegated towards wars of conquest under the guise of religious jihad.

There was really no reason for the Saudi's to have turned on their neighbors in Yemen, except for the fact that they desperately needed new reserves of oil to sustain their power and economic growth.  But as that conflict has become mired in a stalemate on par with the U.S.'s involvement in Afghanistan, the Saudi's then chose a gambit which is quickly coming to be to their detriment as they find themselves outmatched by the weight of Qatar's allies.

The last thing the Saudi's wanted was for Qatar to reinforce and return to strong relations with Iran, but that is exactly what has occurred as on Aug. 24, the government of Qatar re-established diplomatic relations with the Shiite country, and has solidified a partnership that could soon include both Russia and China as a bonus.

Qatar has remained defiant throughout its unprecedented summer diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states which have brought immense pressure to bear on the tiny gas and oil rich monarchy through a complete economic and diplomatic blockade imposed by its neighbors. However, on Thursday it unveiled a stunning geopolitical realignment when it announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Iran in a move that is arguably its greatest act of defiance yet. The Qatari foreign ministry announced early Thursday that “the state of Qatar expressed its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields” and reportedly informed Iran by phone of plans to return the Qatari ambassador to Tehran for the first time since it broke relations in 2016.

The move is significant because the chief accusation leveled against Qatar by its former GCC allies, especially Saudi Arabia, is of growing too close to Iran while sponsoring and funding terrorism. For the Sunni gulf states “funding terrorism” is more often a euphemism meaning links to Iran and Shia movements in the gulf. Ironically, there is ample evidence demonstrating that both sides of the current gulf schism have in truth funded terror groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, especially in Syria. But Qatar’s announcement sends an audacious and daring message essentially signalling that the country remains unbowed by Saudi pressure, and that the severe economic sanctions designed to bring Qatar to its knees may result in a geopolitical backfiring and new regional order as Iran stands to benefit.
— Zerohedge

In addition to having the support of Iran at its back, Qatar already has Turkey willing to come to their aid, especially if Saudi Arabia and anyone within the GCC alliance dares to cross over the border with troops, aircraft, or land based artillery.

Thanks in large part to failed U.S. policies in the region, the once solid coalition of OPEC nations is now being shattered to where half are favorable to Russian and Chinese influence, and the other half hold a tenuous affiliation with Washington and the petrodollar.  But the more and more that oil prices remain low and create growing internal turmoil for countries that rely upon energy sales as their chief economic output, the closer the Middle East gets to a complete shattering of alliances as each nation will look to protect their own, even to the detriment of their former partners and religious affiliated neighbors.

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