Behind the Scenes at the Saudi-Qatari Pissing Contest

Saudi Qatar crisis
Its a pissing contest. After all is said and done, the Qatar-Gulf crisis will amount to little more than a urine stain on the political fabric on the Arabian Peninsula. Nothing more. Nothing less.

BY THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN

Saudi Arabia, with the bellicose support of President Trump, has launched a diplomatic and partial economic offensive against the ridiculously small state of Qatar and is dragging its allies, the United Arab Emirates in particular, into a potential major headache.

You see the de facto capital of the Emirates is Abu Dhabi which uses Qatari natural gas to generate half of its electricity via the Qatar-Abu Dhabi-Oman pipeline. So if Qatar really felt threatened it would pull the plug, and at least for a month or so, challenge the very survival of Abu Dhabi, for how many Emiratis let alone expats would be able to last +40c/105f temperatures without electricity?



The Emirates capital city would have to import Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) which it doesn’t have the infrastructure prepared for as well as convert its electrical generators to LNG from natural gas, something that could take over a month to get up and running, no matter the $Billions the Emirates have to throw at the problem.

So the Saudis picking a fight with their long time villains, the Qatari’s, could crash the Emirates economy and put a serious strain on the so called “coalition of the willing”, that is those still committed to the quagmire in Yemen and its assorted crimes, another source of strain between the two allies.

The Emirates hate the Qatari’s, not without reason, and we know that the Emirates foreign legion has been concocting nasty plans against them in league with a pro-Israel PR Hit Squad in the USA. Still, the Emirates are dependent on Qatari gas so the shit could really hit the fan if the young newly crowned Saudi Prince and de facto commander in chief steps over the line and provokes a Qatari response.

Qatar and Iran, the “snake” that the Saudi’s so infamously wanted the CIA to cut the head off of, share the Pars natural gas field under the Persian gulf waters, the 3rd largest such in the world whose exploitation of has made Qatar the worlds largest natural gas exporter. If Qatar gets into a serious fight with Iran, which is what the Saudis are demanding, than the Qatari economy could hit the skids for Qatar only exports 600k barrels of oil a day, not nearly enough to sustain its international and domestic commitments.

Reality is the Emirates have much more serious trade relations with Iran than Qatar. Oman on the other hand, has even closer economic and political ties with its ancient fraternal brothers and sisters in the land of the Persians and the Saudi’s aren’t attacking the Omanis, so why the pissing match with Qatar?

Like I said, this animosity is nothing new just the latest flare up, for back in 2014 the Saudis led a break in diplomatic ties that lasted 8 months, and are now led by a much more hotheaded royal, in his early thirties and up until Trump, it seemed that the USA had abandoned the Saudis in favor of the nuclear deal with Iran, taking regime change off the table and leaving the Arabs on their own.

These have been scary times for the Arabian peninsula tribes, leading to amongst other actions, the Emirates giving the UN Security Council and its sanctions against Eritrea, in other words the USA, the finger by building its new navy base and airfield in Assab, Eritrea.

Qatar and the royal family of Saud, both installed by the British after WW1, have been at each others throats for many years now. We know thanks to Wikileaks the Qatari’s were pushing the Americans to engineer a coup against the Saudis while the house of Saud was trying to restore the grandfather of the present Emir, whose father deposed his own father in a palace coup and who was forced to abdicate to his son by the Saudis.



The Saudis can’t militarily attack Qatar, not with the largest US military installation in west Asia and everyone knows it. The so called “economic blockade” of Qatar has failed so far with Turkey stepping in to provide everything Qatar needs.

True, the Al Jazeera satelite television channel has been a finger in the eye of the Saudis and Emirates but AJ’s main viewer base in Africa, west and south Asia, over a billion people, is via the two main satellite channels, Arabsat and Nilesat. These free channels can be accessed by anyone for as little as $40 for a satellite dish and receiver and a television. Arabsat is owned by the Saudis and Nilesat by Egypt. They kicked the Iranian Arabic channel off just like the Europeans kicked off Iran’s PressTV from their satellite systems. So why is the anti-Qatar lot allowing Al Jazeera to continue to spew its attacks on them via the big two satellite channels they own?

Why? Its a pissing contest, really, and other than pissing and moaning little of anything in the way of real conflict is going on. Maybe this will change in time but its hard to see the major powers internationally allowing this to get out of hand. The Saudis eventually will try some face saving “compromise” and Qatar might have to eat some crow, but when all is said and done all of it will amount to little more than a urine stain on the political fabric on the Arabian Peninsula.


Thomas C. Mountain is an independent journalist. See thomascmountain on Facebook or best reach him at thomascmountain at g mail dot com

17 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes at the Saudi-Qatari Pissing Contest

  1. Interesting article. I didn’t understand what Emirates have to do with unjust UN sanction against Eritrea. Did I miss something here?

    1. You guys have misinterpreted the sentence. It basically states that the Emirates gave middle finger to the UN security council and its sanction on Eritrea by building navy base in Assab, Eritrea

      1. Ahh, you’re right. It’s a convoluted sentence but now I get it. For a moment I felt lost, just like TPLFite Dr. Tedros Adhanom – LOL

    2. May be he want to say, though Eritrea has embargo, the emirate didn’t care to build what they build, as they are all backed by US.

  2. Qatar is being punished for being righteous to the Arab world, Let’s be honest all the Leaders that are demanding Qatar for changes are the ones that want to stay in power and are forcing their local Media to criticize Qatar by making up lies. for instance, at the beginning of the issue, the Saudi Media specifically in Saudi News TV declared that the Iranian Army is in Qatar protecting the Qatari Emir in his Palace. how is that possible when the biggest US army base is in Qatar. Reality is the regimes that decided to put Qatar in this situation are afraid that they face coup, like Egypt’s pres that claims the Muslim brotherhood are funded by Qatar when it only has few active members of the Muslims brotherhood living in Doha. Qatar is being punished for helping the poor Palestinians trapped in Gaza and Hammas the elected government by Palestinians. Qatar is punished for standing up for the right. And I’m very proud that Eritrea did not drag itself to this mess

    1. I agree with you quatar as compared to the Saudi is saint where the latter use religion and wahabism as main weapon, for decades, where as they have engaged themselves in Yemen for the first time, militarily and expenditure.GCC countries will always flip flop as they have always been with each other and unfortunately this time round they will garner what ever might they can master in order to influence matters of commerce, and hence political landscap will be more precarious than it has ever been, shaky at times and subtle and full of surprises.GCC countries in general will use religion and idiology to control commerce, as horn nations remain indecisive or worst still keep shifting alliance for shortemism.No doubt, Eritrea is one of those who exhibit tenacious resistance to external forces which all they have in this pissing game may as plain as continual manouver in an attempt to changing their petro/ oil based economies to diversify nto commerce tourism etc….

      1. Somalia and its new president Farmajo pissed on the Saudi and UAE flags and refused to tow their line.

        AL SHABAAB meanwhile pissed on Farmajos claims to being a president and at will blew up abd killled government installationsand workers during the month of Ramadan.

        Nobody doubts anylonger that ALSHABAAB’S claim to being Somalia’s government has merit. Atleast more so than the hapless Farmajo & co.

        1. Any thing is possible, including a scenario where al-shebab, the most unpopular group by somalians and the region will form a government-as daunting as it may be.The reality is, Formajo, given a backing from the international community will pull up the necessary strength and somalian peopl will to develop their nation.as you may well are aware of, the main obstacle has been the presence of AMISOM, led by TPLF invasiion of 2006, by the blessing of the then J.bush administratiion, which ever since then somalia is standing in a limbo, puppets governmnets which merely hold office at the behest of TPLF generals.formajo on the other hand seems to control somalias affairs and if there was enough support by the west, and a tiny bit of that help will change somalia.the apparent strength of Alshebab is a fallacy, that has been serving foreign interest in somalia and the whole region, perhaps what has been acheived since the invasion is uncontroled sell of munitions and and control of the economy or part of somalians daily life via cartels and terror groups, aka TPLF, and alshebab, which to me are synanomous and complemeting to each others criminal u8njder world business ventures.I say help Formajo the bit, you will see the development through peace, and get rid of the parasites troops on UN pay roll.peace N love.

          1. The international community is backing one warlord “Mr Farmajo” and his clan the Darood clan against the clans of Hawiye, Dir, and Digil Mirifl clans.

            Especially the Hawiye clan has been devastated by the UN funded Darood onslaught on their cities such as Mogadishu and Galkayu. Farmajo is walking in aknee deep pool of Hawiye clan blood.

            AL Shabaab meanwhile is according to all indications planning major combat operations both in the south and in Puntland very very soon and it seems likely to shake Somalia’s UN funded impostor government to the core of its very foundation.

          2. If AL Shabaab blew the “president”of Somalia to smitherenes in a road side i.e.d attack or a sniper shot to his head: 89% of Somalia’s population would celebrate it as a happy day.

            That example illustrates its time for the unpopular president to step down. He is neither wanted nor needed by the Somali people.

          3. Thanks for supporting Somalia and Somalis against the UN backed terrorist in Mogadishu.

            Farmago is ruthhlessly trying to wipe my clan the Hawiye from the face of the earth. With the help of our friends like you we will defeat him.

          4. Strategic Analysis Center · Edit

            Daily Briefing

            The presidential palace in Mogadishu was hit by four mortars. Three “government” soldiers died.

            Meanwhile AL Shabaab crushed a “government” military unit in Gedo region killing four and taking four hostage as well as militart equipment.

            AL SHABAAB has shown Farmaajo that his empty threats means nothing to them and infact they can strike at will, even the presidential palace.

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