Does Qatar Support Extremism? Yes. And So Does Saudi Arabia.

LONDON — The spat between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which is accusing Qatar of supporting Islamist extremism and terrorism, remains perplexing. Perplexing not because Qatar is innocent — it has sponsored and hosted far too many jihadists for anyone to plausibly claim otherwise — but because it is the Saudis who are objecting to the funding of extremism. Qatar should be called out, but preferably by those who haven’t spent quite so much time and money advancing extremism themselves.

To be clear, it is not that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been directly funding terrorist organizations, and certainly not in Western countries. What has been happening for many years now, however, is that a set of beliefs has been advanced from Saudi Arabia that is, by any standard, extremist. The Wahhabi-Salafi belief system is one of religious supremacism, in which the very notion of man-made law, let alone democratic government, is derided.

  • Alain

    If we cut to the chase then a better question would be: which Muslim country does not support “extremism” either directly or indirectly? You won’t find any.

  • The Islamic death cult supports violence in the name of Islam.

    Put as much frosting on it as you want – a dog turd still tastes like crap.

    Islam is that crap.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Extremism takes many forms. ISIS and Al Qaeda may stand out, but there is also the Muslim Brotherhood and its subsidiaries, the Wahhabis, and the Khomeini Shiites. If the rulers conclude that it is necessary to stand up to them to preserve their power, they will.