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Being Iran's Mini Me is risky

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in response to reader comment: Dave! Are you forecasting the fate of Qatar?

Submitted by Dave (United States), Nov 26, 2022 at 20:53

I think that aligning with Iran and alienating the other Gulf States, and the US, is very dangerous. So far, Qatar has played both sides by hosting a US military base while also supporting various terrorist radicals, like Hamas and Iran, and gotten away with it. That's mainly thanks to their huge oil reserves, which are currently proven to last over 400 years. This allows Qatar to fund chairs at US colleges, host the World Cup, and to actually be taken seriously.

As long as the situation remains as it is, Qatar can continue. That assumes that the US needs Qatar and Iran is around. Should the Iranian regime fall, the other Gulf States may set their sights on their obnoxious, resource rich, pipsqueak neighbor, without having to worry about Iran. Plus, the US may not be willing to send soldiers to die for Qatar's royalty should they be attacked, or we may just conclude that the base is superfluous.

As the French Bourbons found out, being rich, effete and resented is precarious, no matter how much you claim to love the Palestinians.

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