Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chats with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Jeddah - CTN NEWS archive Photo

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are trying to resolve their legitimacy issues by forming an anti-Qatari bloc.

The scale, range and causes with the Gulf crisis have been perplexing for even keen experts from the area’s governmental field. From the blockage towards Qatar and performing a large-scale campaign of public diplomacy, designing confusing false messages to different viewers in order to legitimize their own movements and framework as acceptable what’s really absurd.

Although charges of Qatar having purported links by using radical Islamist movements are supposed to catch the attention of Western audiences, the allegations that Qatar has secret and complicated one-way links with Iran targets are appealing to the Sunni Arab audience given it’s growing dislike of Iran thanks to the part it plays in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. Next, right after Iran in addition to Turkey which made available their assistance for Qatar, it appears that this time around exactly the same bloc has aimed towards stirring up Arab nationalist emotion in opposition to Qatar.

The UAE’s Minister of State for International Affairs Anwar bin Mohammad Gargash has accused Qatar of seeking the backing of a couple of non-Arab states in the area. Fear-mongering has been on full display throughout this recent strategy.

However in order to understand what is really going on within the Gulf at this time, you have to look beyond official statements, posturing plus threats.

Souverain ambitions as well as fears

Undoubtedly, the primary protagonists of this shift, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as well as Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, currently have searched for personalized aggrandizement and benefit from this crisis.

Mohammed bin Salman attempted to make up for his youthful vigor, inconsistent practices, bad temperament and also lack of experience by implementing a perception of a man that is a committed foe to both, Iran and political Islam. That way, he seeks to endear himself to the Western, and particularly American, political establishment plus acquire advantage over his more statesman-like relative and rival, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef Al Saud, on the question of succession.


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