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Muslims shed blood for Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Saudi Arabia and Qatar benefit from regional instability and chaos

17.10.2013 17:55

"In late 2011 there are outbreaks in Syria produced by a drought and abetted by two well-known autocracies in the Middle East: Qatar and Saudi Arabia."

Back in June 2013 a prominent political scientist and former U.S. President's national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski said this in an interview with The National Interest sharing his point of view on the instigators of the conflict in Syria.

Then he questioned, "Was this a strategic position? Why did we all of a sudden decide that Syria had to be destabilized and its government overthrown? Had it ever been explained to the American people?"

For many the interests of Saudi Arabia and Qatar - the countries that were willing to sponsor military invasion by the United States - also remain a mystery. Why are these two Arab countries so active in "solving" the conflict and insist on a change of government in Damascus?

Despite public assurances of Saudi Arabia and Qatar ruling dynasties' commitment to protect the rights of the Syrian Muslims and to free the country from the dictatorship of the followers of the Arab Socialist Baath Party nationalist ideas, the main cause of the Gulf monarchies activism is still to be found in another area.

The cause of the most of armed conflicts in the world history was either territorial issues or natural resources. The Syrian conflict is no exception. On the background of global financial crisis and the slowdown in the the world's leading economies, oil and gas exporters feel the reality of the prospects of falling demand for energy. Besides, the United States' success in applying shale gas and oil extraction technologies lead to increased competition in the global energy market. Although the cost of shale resources production is many times higher than of natural ones, shale gas production growth has become one of the reasons for the fall of liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices.

The threat of falling oil prices forced the leading Gulf countries to act. Troubling news from the oil-producing regions are known to be the most reliable method of artificial support of high oil prices, and this path was chosen by the Saudi and Qatari authorities. The destabilization of the situation in Tunisia, Egypt and Syria saved the Gulf monarchies from a sharp fall in oil excess profit and a loss of political leadership in the Arab world.

On the other hand, the oil monarchies' desire to eliminate the potential competitors in the supply of gas to European markets was the cause of the armed conflict in Syria. The fact is that about ten years ago a large deposit of natural gas was found in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Syria, Lebanon and Israel. And in early 2011, Syria announced that it has found a promising natural gas field in the area of Homs, where, incidentally, the most violent clashes between the government troops and opposition fighters has been under way.

There is a powerful center for the production of LNG in the Middle East ? and that is Qatar. No coincidence that Qatar, the largest sponsor of the armed uprising in Syria having already spent more than $ 3 billion on its organization. It is beneficial to Qatar as no one else to maintain an artificial instability in Syria, which could escalate into a regional conflict.

Saudi Arabia is also not enthusiastic about the prospects that are looming in front of Qatar: in the current situation it stands as a direct economic rival of Saudi Arabia in the region. In Syria Saudi Arabia and Qatar are fighting each other using terrorist methods for the reallocation of the gas market. There are two warring factions there - the Muslim Brotherhood supported by Qatar and al-Qaeda Wahhabists supported by Saudi Arabia.

What is happening today in Syria is primarily the result of Saudi Arabia and Qatar's solving their economic problems; they benefit from regional instability and chaos. Thousands of Muslims fighting in Syrian were imposed upon the idea of armed jihad and the struggle for the liberation of Islam. But, in fact, they are just pawns in a larger political game started by Qatar and Saudi Arabia.