Is Saudi Arabia (and co) justified in sanctioning Qatar on the pretext of terrorism support?


As in the title, have they have made legitimate justifications based on tangible evidence or its mainly another excuse for something that they've done in the past as well? To my understanding Saudi Arabia isnt any less sympathetic and/or funding terrorists(maybe not the same ones but terrorists regardless) less than Qatar. Edit: To clarify, im not asking how this move fits the Saudi Arabian Agenda but I am asking if Saudi Arabia had anything new to show for their claims or if its just vague generalization to press forward with it.


Posted 2017-06-07T08:43:17.473

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3Can you provide some references to support "Saudi Arabia isnt any less sympathetic and/or funding terrorists"? Questions without references to support the claims tend to be regarded as low quality ones. – Alexei – 2017-06-07T09:16:00.237

1(maybe not the same ones but terrorists regardless) Seems to be missing the point. Terrorism is not an objective, it is a means to an end. If SA and Qatar were sponsoring different terrorist groups (as Alexei wrote, provide sources for such claims), it would not mean that they have a common objective; it would only mean that they have different objectives and use the same methods. To put an analogy, that sentence sounds like "after WWII both the USA and the Soviet Union did spend a lot of money in developing nuclear weapons, so why did they fight each other?" – SJuan76 – 2017-06-07T09:28:10.897

To Alexie: its just things you can find even on wikia and arent disputed but if there is a need to have references for the sake of having references there is a handful that come to mind. @SJuan76 you re not answering the question, I understand how this can be another excuse for power play in the area,especially after Trump's pledge being translated liberally by the Saudis as a free pass. I am asking if Saudi Arabia had anything new to show for their claims or its just vague generalization to press forward. – Leon – 2017-06-07T09:55:59.447

@Alexei - Saudi Arabia it's well known that Saudi Arabia is very supportive of the U.S. and Israel, which many people regard as the two foremost terrorist states. – David Blomstrom – 2017-06-07T22:43:44.033



Yes, they have official justification.

As per one of the news articles on the topic:

A HUGE ransom paid to secure the release of kidnapped members of the Qatar Royal family was the final trigger which sparked Saudi Arabia and others to sever ties with the isolated nation.

The ransom, which was around $1 billion, was believed to have been paid to militias with close ties to Tehran, the Financial Times has revealed.

The news comes as non-profit policy organisation the Counter Extremism Project revealed the full extent of how Qatar has been financing and harbouring a dozen terrorists and operatives who have been living freely — and in some cases, in luxury — within oil-rich Qatar.

Among others, Quatar was a long time home base for Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoot, Hamas, terrorists.


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