Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Strange Case Involving Americans in Qatar

Hat tip Investigative Project on Terrorism

Two American citizens are being kept from leaving the Gulf nation of Qatar despite being cleared by a judge of culpability in the death of their adopted daughter.

I don't know the truth behind this story, but I do know that Qatar is not a country I trust. It is a country notorious for mistreating the foreign workers who come to do the heavy lifting involved in building that oil-rich nation's infrastructure. It is a country that stands accused of bribing its way into hosting an upcoming World Cup. And most importantly, it is a country that plays a double game when it comes to international terrorism. While they portray themselves as a moderate Islamic country, numerous intelligence reports indicate that they fund international terror groups including Hamas. There are also a host of questions involving Qatar's international news agency, Al Jazeera.

"Every one of those rockets [fired by Hamas into Israeli cities] is a war crime, almost every one," Sherman said, noting that Hamas seeks to hit civilian targets. "Of course it's a war crime committed by Hamas. And of course the owners of this TV network help fund Hamas."

Al Jazeera, of course, is a Qatar-based international news agency that tries to sell itself to the West as a responsible source of news. It is funded by the Qatari ruling family. As far as I am concerned, I don't trust the veracity of anything that comes out of Al Jazeera,  

Yet this is the same news agency that Al Gore sold his interest in Current TV to, which brought us Al Jazeera America. Subsequently, Gore and Al Jazeera counter-sued each other over money Gore says was never paid.

Pardon me if I shed no tears for Mr Gore. Any American who dirties his or her hands with Al Jazeera or anything related to Qatar deserves no sympathy.

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