In Syria, for another example, the Brotherhood is the leading "fighting" force against the ruling regime and in alliance with and a culprit in the atrocities of the terrorist bombings of the al-Qaeda -- linked Al-Nusra Front, designated by the United States as a terrorist organization last December; while the Brotherhood -- led and U.S. and Qatar -- sponsored Syrian opposition publicly protested the U.S. designation, the silence of Qatar on the matter could only be interpreted as in support of the protest against the U.S. decision.
Qatar, in all these examples, seems positioning itself to be qualified as a mediator, with the U.S. blessing, trying to achieve by the country's financial leverage what the U.S. could not achieve militarily, or could achieve but with a much more expensive cost in money and souls.
However, a unilateral Qatari mediation failed in Yemen, a
Qatar -- led Arab mediation in Syria has similarly proved a failure two years on
the Syrian crisis, the "Doha Declaration" to reconcile Palestinian rival factions
is still a paper achievement, the Qatari mediation in Sudan's Darfur crisis has
yet to deliver, the Qatari "mediation" in Libya was condemned as intervention
in the country's internal affairs by the most prominent among the post --
Gaddafi leaders, and in post -- "Arab Spring" Egypt Qatar dropped its early
mediation efforts to align itself publicly to the ruling Brotherhood. But in
spite of these failures,
The first term Obama administration, under the pressure of "fiscal austerity," blessed the Qatari funding of arming anti -- Gaddafi Islamists in Libya, closed its eyes to Qatar's shipment of Gaddafi's military arsenal to Syrian and non -- Syrian Islamists fighting the regime in Syria, "understood" the visit of Qatar's Emir to Gaza last October as "a humanitarian mission," and recently approved to arm the Qatar -- backed and Brotherhood -- led Egypt with 20 F-16 fighter jets and 200 M1A1 Abrams tanks.
This contradiction raises the question about whether this