The Gulf crisis: Fake news shines spotlight on psychological warfare

The Gulf crisis: Fake news shines spotlight on psychological warfare

The Gulf crisis: Fake news shines spotlight on psychological warfare

The Gulf crisis: Fake news shines spotlight on psychological warfare

Revelations about two incidents of false Gulf-related data center on the long psychological war between the UAE and Qatar that preceded the Gulf crisis and the apparently repeated intervention efforts and competitors of the two states to shape the East Middle and North Africa in its mold.

In the latest incident, US intelligence officials said the UAE had orchestrated piracy in May of new Qatari government sites and social media to make public the false incendiary quotations attributed to the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia said their diplomats and economic boycotted six weeks against Qatar at the base of the court despite the refusal of Qatar quotes and an investigation involving the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

According to information provided by the United States, the UAE senior authorities approved the court on May 23, the day before it happens. The UAE has denied the allegations.

The claims of the United States came less than 24 hours after Reuters was forced to withdraw a report that six members of the alliance led by the Arabs and the United Arab Emirates had asked the World Cup soccer team to deprive To Qatar their rights to organize the World Cup 2022 after it has been proven that they were wrong.

The story was widely disseminated by international media and information websites and the basis for an analysis by this author. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the false report.

The two incidents, however, highlight the different strategies of the small Gulf states, battered by huge war coffers from energy exports, project their power and shape the world around them, including the Gulf crisis current.

At the heart of the differences are diametrically opposed visions of the future of a region torn by debilitating power struggles; A search for complicated, bloody and painful political change; And a determined and relentless effort against revolutionary to guard the foundations of the status quo.

The UAE, in collaboration with Saudi Arabia, considered autocracy as the key to regional security and the survival of its autocratic regimes and systematically sought to reduce the achievements of the 2011 Arab popular uprisings that brought out leaders from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, which was in power for decades.

Consequently, the UAE would support a regime change in a number of countries, including Egypt, and in agreement with them, Turkey; A sharp and rebellious anti-government in anti-Islamist Libya; He joined the unfortunate military intervention of Saudi Arabia in Yemen; And in the last episode of his campaign, the imposition of a boycott of Qatar.

Unlike the UAE, Qatar has sought to position itself as an intermediary and mediator in maintaining regional relations not only with states but also with a range of Islamist, militant and rebel groups in the Middle East and North Africa.

In addition, it embraced the riots of 2011 and with the support of the Islamist forces, with the Muslim Brotherhood in the lead, which has emerged as the most organized political force from the uprisings.

Qatar’s support for the Brotherhood is tantamount to aligning the forces that challenge the autocratic regimes of the Gulf and the UAE is about to be eliminated, leading to allegations that Qatar supports terrorism is defined as something that is opposed to Autocratic regime.

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