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DavidV

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The idea here is to eventually seal the demise of the hateful and wicked regime in Tehran so the monarchy can be restored. It's essential for regional and global peace. And I won't trust Western European governments on the issue either, given their appeasement of the regime reflects their disastrous liberal worldview.
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I wish for the restoration of the Iranian monarchy as well, but I doubt that's what on Trump's mind here. The justification he gives is Iran's nuclear programme, even though the country seems that they have complied with the deal made with Obama. Breaking a deal you have made with another country even though the other side sticks to it won't do America's reputation much good, and it won't be effective either since all of Europe (including Russia) won't go along with it. Therefore I can only view this as a symbolic measure from Trump.
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http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/king-urges-dialogue-keep-iraq%E2%80%99s-unity-intact

Muqtada al-Sadr's meetings with Arab rulers is certainly something that won't sit well in Tehran.
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https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/saudi-s-mohammed-bin-salman-promises-return-to-moderate-open-islam-1.669974

It appears the Saudis and their allies are intent on controlling religious discourse more tightly...
DavidV

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Steve Bannon comes out in support of the boycott of Qatar, but goes further by comparing the situation to North Korea (!):

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-23/bannon-backs-isolation-of-qatar-comparing-threat-to-north-korea
DavidV

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An interesting read on Saudi Arabia's turn towards hardline policies after 1979 and rolling them back today:
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/2017/10/29/Saudi-Arabia-before-1979-and-after-2017.html
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https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/04/19/Four-reasons-why-destroying-the-Brotherhood-is-a-noble-task.html

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and others have made it a priority to destroy the local and international networks of the Muslim Brotherhood. It is clear that the Brotherhood is the main source of much radical Islamic thought, especially in Western nations where lay Islamist activists are the most vocal self-appointed spokespeople for their communities.
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https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/how-qatar-made-a-conscious-decision-to-engage-with-extremist-groups-1.726416

It's known that Qatar's payment to an armed group in Iraq triggered a reaction from its Arab neighbours, horrified by payments to such groups.

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https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/gulf-countries-back-morocco-s-decision-to-cut-ties-with-iran-1.726604

Morocco has the backing of its  Arab allies in its decision to cut ties with Iran.
DavidV

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The Qatar crisis enters its second year:
https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/a-year-on-the-quartet-stands-firm-against-doha-aggression-1.736891

Continuing to embrace Iran and Turkey in a dubious friendship:
https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/qatar-cannot-evade-accountability-by-embracing-iran-1.737986

American consultants leave because the Emir dines with Qaradawi:
https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/us-advisers-quit-qatar-role-as-emir-dines-with-muslim-brotherhood-leader-1.737981
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Saudi Arabia's 5-0 opening World Cup loss to Russia has given rise to accusations of Qatar media bias:
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1322751/media

Meanwhile, Yemen is still a battleground:
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/06/17/Al-Hodeidah-settlement-failed.html
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The Qatar crisis is still carrying on, with more claims that Qatar has paid money to terrorist groups. Some of those are backed by the Iranian regime in Iraq.

DavidV

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The Gulf states, Egypt and Jordan are being encouraged to form a military alliance. But what Qatar do given they are out of favour?

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-gulf-alliance/trump-seeks-to-revive-arab-nato-to-confront-iran-idUKKBN1KH2IG

https://securitystudies.org/opposing-axis-authoritarians/

Part of the solution for the Middle East is to have functioning states based on workable systems of government, as opposed to military dictatorships on one hand and a fragmented sectarian society on the other. A system which can effectively manage the various divergent interest groups within borders.
 
Assertive national identities in the region can indeed be found among non-Arab and non-Muslim populations - Israeli Jews, Lebanese Christians, Kurds - if there is sufficient strength in numbers. Not all minority populations have that.
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Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau has managed to upset the Arab World:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/08/06/Bahrain-Canada-s-intervention-in-Saudi-Arabia-s-internal-affairs-unacceptable.html
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