The Saudi-Qatar rift has elements of world war potential
Video     Photos     Pakistan     World     Islam     Health     Crime     Islamic News     Business     Society     India     Travel     Middle East     Sport     sci/tech      Contact      RSS
Search

Do Khattak mulls over dissolving KP Assembly?

US defence attaché not named in ECL due to Saudi-allied PMLN govt

MWM slams criminal silence of international community against Indian atrocities

Birthday Anniversary of "Great Saviors of Islam"

UK refuses to back UN inquiry into Saudi ‘war crimes’ amid fears it will damage trade

Wooed by Imran : Would Ch.Nisar join PTI?

Bahraini court jails 24 Shias, strips them of citizenship

Russia: German chlorine, UK grenades found in Syria

Russia tests Nuke that can wipe UK off the map 3 times over

A German newspaper announced the possibility of a chemical attacks in Europe executed by ISIS terrorists.

Eyeless in Gaza: The story of an Israeli soldier

PTI loses majority in K-P assembly

Cross-border skirmish: Can Pakistan Try Afghan soldiers under international law?

Pakistan reducing dependence on US arms: FT report

Russia warns of ‘painful’ retaliation in face of US sanctions

Yemeni forces target airport on Saudi soil with ballistic missile

Iran vows to buy all the weapons it needs, irrespective what the world thinks about it

Grand Mufti of Egypt declares buying Facebook likes ‘haram’

'Reciprocal' travel restrictions to be imposed on Pakistan diplomats: US.

Baloch activist says RAW asked him to heckle Nawaz in 2015

A Russian praise for Imran Khan

Saudi Arabia open to sending troops into Syria: FM

Saudi, UAE recruiting 1000s of African mercenaries: Report

The Chankia accusation: Is Pakistan inciting Khalistan movement?

Pakistanis among 4000 people handed over by Musharraf regime to US

Theresa May earns cold reception in U.K. Parliament over Syria attacks

Endgame In Syria: Why US has conceded defeat?

The Indo-Iran Syndrome & Pakistan

Man dies as protest against rape, murder of minor girl turns violent in Karachi

Shame for Musharraf: ‘4,000 Pakistanis handed over to foreigners for dollars’

Who is in danger: Would RAO Anwar become an approver in Naqeeb murder case?

Assad's aide: Syrian defenses smarter than US missiles

'No amount of killing will stop us,' vow Nigerian Shias

Pakistan orders probe into attack on judge

'World War 3' Google Searches Spike After Syria Strike

China voices support for Russia on Syria, holds naval drills against USA

Details of terrorist training were found in a notebook of an ISIS member

Akin to Altaf Hussain: LHC bans Nawaz Sharif's and Maryam Nawaz's speeches

A clean chit: The backdoor deal with Khadim Rizvi

Is Afghanistan the next Caliphate?

Syria Missile attack: Why UN has become a useless object?

Trump morally unfit to be president: Ex-FBI director

Would Ch.Nisar make a forward bloc in PML-N?

Stupid than ever: A Muslim country newspaper claims that Queen of England is descendant of Holy prophet (pbuh)

Why the West hates Syria?

The politics within: Who divided PML-N?

Qatar’s allowing missiles to be fired from airbase shameful: Syrian official

Morocco to pull warplanes from Saudi-led coalition: Report

Attack on Supreme Court Judge: Is it a message to Chief Justice?

The Sham democracy: Why is India still sleeping on rape of a minor in Kashmir?

Model town killing case: Would Adiala Jail welcome both Sharifs?

US Choppers Caught Evacuating ISIS Terrorists according to Syrian news agency

US Considers Opening Embassy in Pyongyang

Erdogan's dual face: Turkey welcomes US-led airstrikes in Syria

Who brought Nawaz Sharif to the closed end?

Russian state TV tells viewers best supplies to pack for Word War III bomb shelters

A mortal blow to Nawaz or a new mountain to climb?

Increasing economic ties: Iran to be part of CPEC

Rape of Kashmiri girl: Would UN awake on Kashmir issue?

Would new CJP annul decision against Nawaz Sharif?

Syria comes under military attack on Trump's orders, 13 missiles shot down

Pak-Iran Ferry service from Karachi to Chabahar to be started to benefit pilgrims

New Scandal: Trump fathers an illegitimate child with an employee at Trump World Tower

Where does Nawaz Sharif's disqualification for life leave him and the PML-N?

Saudi-led boycotters stick to steep demands for Qatar: Report

Historical Judgement: Nawaz Sharif disqualified for life

Penchant for religious extremism: Punjab promulgates ordinance allowing four loudspeakers at mosques

Would Nawaz Sharif be handed life time disqualification?

Pakistan stands with Syria: A green signal to Russian bloc

What Another showdown with TLP would result in?

Merkel: Germany will not participate in any possible military action against Syria

In own trap: Trump Demands Saudi King Quickly End Qatar Dispute

Israel minister calls for assassination of Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad

Can ICC bring Rohingya's murderers into justice?

Would Tehrike.eLabaik topple govt this time?

Is Wajid Zia backtracking from his statements?

Diplomatic war: Did Pakistan stun US with strict message?

Syrian forces frees Douma, entire Eastern Ghouta, from terrorists: Russia

Iran: Saudi Arabia cannot hide support for terrorism through playing blame game

Iran threatens Israel over Syria air base strike

Pro-Taliban Deobandi seminaries refuse audit of their funds

War threats: Can Syrian conundrum trigger world war III?

257 dead as military plane crashes in Algeria

US State Department denies imposition of travel restrictions on Pak diplomats

Is Adiala jail ready to receive Nawaz Sharif?

Changing the history: Pakistan puts US diplomat on trial

700,000 Syrians displaced by fighting in 2018: UN

Iranian, Pakistani groups send humanitarian aid to Syria

U.S. 40 Years Behind Russian 'Satan 2' Nuclear Missile

Saudi considering proposal to set up military base, nuclear waste site on Qatar border

Is Pakstan really in the Post-Taliban Era?

Is Britain about to join US military action over reports of Syria chemical attack?

Syria warns about ‘dangerous repercussions’ of Israeli attack

US tells Indian daily that Pakistan took steps against terrorists

In favor of Nawaz Sharif: Capital FZE docs have no evidential value, admits Wajid

Another disaster in the often: Is TLYRA deliberately inviting chaos?

Sinking ship of PML-N: How Saraiki region would prove a disaster for PML-N?

Would Chief Justice take pity on oppressed Hazaras?

A question of national integrity: Can Pakistan put US diplomat on ECL?

Burning Syria

2017-07-05 13:10:24

The Saudi-Qatar rift has elements of world war potential

 

The First and the Second World War were the culmination of rivalries that go as far back as over a thousand years, when Charlemagne subjugated the Saxon tribes inhabiting modern Germany, and creating the Carolingian Empire.

 

The political successors of Franks, France, and Saxons, the latter morphing into the Holy Roman Empire, then Prussia, then Germany, would continue to fight border wars until the bloodiest of them all, World War 2, inflicted enough destruction to both to force them to give up military means for the reciprocal arrangements.

 

The First World War was triggered by a regional episode, the assassination of the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, by Serb nationalists that put in motion the alliance of the German world, Austria and Prussia against the British, French and Russian one.

 

Just like the two world wars in Europe were triggered by a single event, so can long standing, unresolved rivalries for power and influence over the Middle East result in the mother of all wars.

Qatar and Saudi Arabia have collaborated in the recent years to overthrow the Assad presidency in Syria and replace it with a Sunni Muslim leader that would allow the creation of a pipeline from Qatar to Europe, for the benefit of the Gulf countries.
The failure of the American-Saudi-Qatari coalition however re-opened old wounds. In the recent weeks, the Saudi-led bloc, including Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain has broken all ties with Qatar, accusing it of working with terrorist groups and having too close ties with Iran. Since then, having cashed in on the support of US President Trump, Saudis have given a list of 13 demands to Qatar, which the latter has no intention to comply with.1)

In the meanwhile, very much like WW1 preparations, the game of alliances has started: Qatar, having lost the protection of the Arab world, sought it elsewhere, and found in Turkey.2)
As for now the Iranian bloc, Iran itself, Iraq and Syria, is standing on the sidelines, and watching the developments.
Iranians, Turks and Arabs are the three peoples who have been contesting each other’s dominance over the Middle East for the past 1400 years, and are now moving towards the next chapter of their confrontations.

The historical background

The first Iranian-Arab conflict is as old as the history of Islam itself. By 632 AD, then Zoroastrian Persia (the Western name of Iran) had undergone a 30 year-long nonstop conflict with the other regional mammoth, the Eastern Roman Empire. When the Muslim forces under Mohammad and then the Caliphs launched their attacks, Persia, weakened additionally with an ongoing civil war for the Sassanid throne, could barely mount any resistance.
Iranians converted to Islam, but it soon became evident that their culture was significantly more sophisticated than that of their rulers. By 850 AD, Iranian dynasties broke free from the leadership of the Arab Caliph in Baghdad and went on to restore the Iranian language, costume and political institutions in what is known by historians as “Iranian intermezzo’’ They eventually ousted the Caliph from his capital.

Arab dominance over Iran lasted only two centuries, but a new player would soon arrive on the scene. From the steppes of Central Asia, broadly known as Turkestan, in the 11th century, nomad Turkish tribes under Seljuk and his successors broke into Persia and quickly subjugated it, creating the Great Seljuk Empire, which would quickly expand to include the Arabic peninsula, Mesopotamia, Syria, and would then wrestle from the Eastern Roman Empire Armenia and Anatolia, while converting to Sunni Islam.

Even the Arab Caliph of the Abbasid dynasty, who returned to Baghdad, would become a vassal of the Turks. While the ruling dynasty among Turks would switch from Seljuks to Ottomans after the Mongol invasions, the Arab world would essentially remain under Turkish rule until the end of the First World War, save for the brief period of the Ayyubids of Kurdish descent, followed by Mamelukes. Ottoman dominance can be even further exemplified by the abolition of the institution of the caliphate by Ottoman rulers.
Even after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the Arab world has failed to unite again, divided by the Sunni-Shia schism and local dynasties.
The Persian world on the other side, just like it managed to break free from Arab rulers, would break free from the Turkish Seljuks as well, becoming once again its own master under the Khwarezmian dynasty. Very much like in the previous time, it would be short lived, due to the invasion of another nomadic people of the steppe, the Mongols; and just like in the previous times, Iranians would manage to oust foreign rulers and reorganize themselves under the Safavids. To signify their independence, Safavids adopted the Shia version of Islam, a choice that still lasts today, as a breakaway from the Sunni Arabs and Turks.
Safavids and the successive dynasties ruling Iran would remain the main opponent of the Ottoman Empire’s rule of the Middle East until the first half of the 20th century.

Back to the present

Since then, Iranians have switched from a monarchy to a theocratic republic, Turks have switched from a monarchy to a secular republic, while Arabs are still struggling to find a uniting leader: the Arab nationalist movement (Baath) under Saddam Hussein that waged war against Iran, echoing the Muslim invasion of Persia, ultimately failed. Saudis, who have quickly amassed enormous wealth thanks to oil revenues, are now ambitiously and aggressively trying to assert their dominance over their neighours. Battle lines are being drawn: Turkey and Qatar on one side, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain on another and the Shia bloc of Iran, Iraq and Syria for a three-way dance that might have been ignited by the Qatari-Saudi rift.

Over a thousand of years ethnic and religious rivalries are readying to culminate in what, thanks to technological development, could easily be the bloodiest chapter of them all.

pk.shafaqna.com

 

pk.shafaqna.com

 

Categories:   Middle East ،
Tags:   Saudia ، Russia ، Qatar ، Turks ، Sunni Islam ،
From other agencies (RSS Reader)