Why did General Zinni quit the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia? Patrick Theros (@USQatar)
Photo: Zubara Fort in Qatar - Situated just 100 km west of Doha lies the town of Al Zubara, an important archeological site famous for its old fort. This fort-turned-museum was constructed in 1938 during the reign of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani and was erected on the ruins of a neighbouring fort. Credit: Rafeek Qatar
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Why did General Anthony Zinni (ret.) quit the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia? Patrick Theros (@USQatar)
Patrick Nickolas Theros, former US ambassador to Qatar and president of the US-Qatar Business Council, in re: Gen Anthony Zinni named as envy to the Gulf, specifically the dispute between Qatar, and Riyadh and the UAE/The Gulf Cooperation Council. This is not a resolvable dispute, being lost in the mists of time. A recent coup attempt, 1996, to kill the Qatari ruling family was supported by the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. This was long before al Qaeda or al Jazeera. It's all based on intensely personal rivalries among ruling families. The al Saud family is closely related to the Bahraini royal family; and both Saudis and Qataris are Wahhabist: The Qatari vision of Wahhabism is much more open and progressive than the Saudi vision; this is subversive to the Saudis, whose continuing power depends on their own version. There are six US universities in Qatar, adding to Saudi worries. MbS wants to modernize his country but won’t make the critical step – is trying to modernize the state while maintaining a Nineteenth Century political regime. Qataris know that you can't rule an educated population of