President Trump visited the Middle East a couple of weeks ago, and already his efforts are paying dividends as numerous Arab nations have taken a bold step in the fight against radical Islam, marking a massive shift from Obama-era policies of pacifism and political buffoonery.
According to Reuters, Saudi Arabia was joined by several other countries in working to isolate the purveyors of terrorism in the region by choking off their finances, which has Iranian leaders mad as hell. After eight years of pacifism and even assistance from the Obama administration, Iran and its allies are finally starting to feel the heat, and it’s about time.
So much for President Trump’s rhetoric “alienating” mainstream Muslims, eh?
From Reuters [emphasis added]:
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut relations with Qatar in a coordinated move. Yemen, Libya’s eastern-based government and the Maldives joined in later.
Qatar denounced the move as based on lies about it supporting militants. It has often been accused of being a funding source for Islamists, as has Saudi Arabia.
Iran, long at odds with Saudi Arabia and a behind-the-scenes target of the move, blamed Trump’s visit last month to Riyadh.
“What is happening is the preliminary result of the sword dance,” Hamid Aboutalebi, deputy chief of staff of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, tweeted in reference to Trump’s joining in a traditional dance with the Saudi king at the meeting.
The diplomatic broadside threatens the international prestige of Qatar, home to a large U.S. military base and set to host the 2022 World Cup.
The hawkish tone Trump brought in his visit to over 50 Muslim leaders in Riyadh on Tehran and on terrorism is seen to have laid the groundwork for the diplomatic crisis. It was unclear how it would play with the military base.
“You have a shift in the balance of power in the Gulf now because of the new presidency: Trump is strongly opposed to political Islam and Iran,” said Jean-Marc Rickli, head of global risk and resilience at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
“He is totally aligned with Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, who also want no compromise with either Iran or the political Islam promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Qatar has for years presented itself as a mediator and power broker for the region’s many disputes, but Egypt and the Gulf Arab states resent Qatar’s support for Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, which they see as a political foe.
In just six months, President Trump appears to have accomplished what the former White House squatter couldn’t do in eight years, and it marks a major paradigm shift in the region as Western and Arab nations unite in the fight against radical Islam. Unfortunately, Obama was on the wrong side in the fight against terrorism as he supported elements of the Muslim Brotherhood and was responsible for most of the destabilization in the region through regime changes.
But now, with a new president and a renewed vigor to defeat the evil ideology known as radical Islam, it appears as if the tide is starting to turn in the war on terror, thanks to the help of our Arab allies, who themselves have a renewed vigor knowing they have their American allies back in the fight.