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Qatar/Saudi Officials Say West Not Doing For Middle East Humanitarian Suffering; Echoing Response of Global Muslim Brotherhood

March 30th, 2022 10:01

US media has cov­ered com­ments by high-lev­el Qatari and Sau­di offi­cials alleg­ing hypocrisy in the West­’s response to the con­flict in Ukraine. Accord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Post report:

March 27, 2022 Qatari and Sau­di offi­cials are point­ing to what they say are unjust incon­sis­ten­cies in how the West responds to human­i­tar­i­an strife: act­ing swift­ly to help Ukraine in a way that con­flicts and refugees in the Mid­dle East have not seen. At the Doha Forum on Sat­ur­day, the crowd erupt­ed in applause when Qatari For­eign Min­is­ter Mohammed bin Abdul­rah­man al-Thani not­ed that the “human­i­tar­i­an suf­fer­ing” seen in Ukraine “has been the suf­fer­ing of a lot of coun­tries in this region for years.” He said the over­whelm­ing inter­na­tion­al response aimed at help­ing Ukraini­ans should estab­lish a prece­dent and like­wise be applied when the world is “wit­ness­ing the bru­tal­i­ty” against Syr­i­ans, Pales­tini­ans, Libyans, Iraqis or Afghans. He added that he hopes it is “a wake-up call for every­one in the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty to look at our region” and address the issues “with the same lev­el of com­mit­ment” seen in Ukraine. The Qatari official’s com­ments mir­ror a sen­ti­ment that has spread across the region in the after­math of Russia’s inva­sion of Ukraine. Peo­ple in cri­sis-rid­den coun­tries such as Syr­ia, Afghanistan and Iraq have been angered by some media cov­er­age paint­ing the Ukrain­ian con­flict as whol­ly dif­fer­ent from the blood­shed expe­ri­enced in their own coun­tries. Many are also frus­trat­ed by the inter­na­tion­al community’s response, com­par­ing it with the rel­a­tive­ly luke­warm reac­tion to a num­ber of crises over the years in their region. Rage erupt­ed after a for­eign cor­re­spon­dent for CBS News said Ukraine was not used to wit­ness­ing war “like Iraq or Afghanistan,” call­ing the coun­try a “rel­a­tive­ly civ­i­lized, rel­a­tive­ly Euro­pean” place.

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In a three-part series, the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) has cov­ered many indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions tied to the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood who are try­ing to shift the nar­ra­tive on the Russ­ian inva­sion of Ukraine to con­flicts in the Mid­dle East, par­tic­u­lar­ly the Israeli-Pales­tin­ian conflict.