A television host for the Qatar-owned Al-Jazeera is referring to the west’s fight against ISIS as a “new crusade”. This is clearly an attempt at moral equivalency on par with Hamas and Israel sharing the same mutually justified grievances. It’s also apparent that when such figures use the term “crusade”, it is meant to be derogatory:
An Al Jazeera TV host, writing in the Qatari media, has called the Western coalition campaign against Islamic State a “new crusade,” reminiscent of the one that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.
The Al-Watan newspaper ran an op-ed on Sunday by Al Jazeera host Ahmed Mansour, who said that the Western media coverage of late has focused on “their industry” of making enemies, namely the Islamic State.
This is being done just as it was in the past regarding al-Qaida, the Taliban, Saddam Hussein, and Osama bin Laden, he said.
Mansour accused the “extreme Right” in Britain of “corresponding” to the Islamic State in terms of extremism.
This shouldn’t be surprising but the U.S. and Qatar have been fostering an incestuous relationship for years under the guise of being allies. This would be the same Al-Jazeera that Al Gore sold CURRENT TV to in 2013, which became Al-Jazeera America.
Al-Jazeera English also chimed in on the aforementioned issue. Though a bit more watered down, the sentiment is clearly about defending ISIS:
The English version of Al Jazeera ran an article by Donatella Della Ratta last week titled, “ISIL and Western media: accidental allies?” in which she writes that the Western press is exaggerating Islamic State’s social media presence.
Della Ratta cites “Arab analysts” who blame the creation of Islamic State on the West and its colonialism.
Last year, Shoebat was a signatory in a letter to House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) in response to the deal that allowed CURRENT TV to be sold to Al-Jazeera. The purpose of the letter was to get the committee to hold hearings; that never happened.
In fact, it was resisted not just by McCaul but by other supposed conservative politicians like Rep. Steve Scalise.
When Al-Jazeera America was officially launched in August of last year, both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) appeared in the promotional video to give the network credibility.
As Shoebat.com has reported, both Clinton and McCain have a history of being sympathetic to the government of Qatar. In 2011, each attended the U.S.-Islamic World Forum (US-IWF), an annual event co-sponsored by the Brookings Institute and Qatar. That year, the event – usually held in Doha, Qatar where Al-Jazeera is based – was held in Washington, DC.
Also in attendance was Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the deputy to Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who lives in Qatar and has had his own program on Al-Jazeera for years.
The US-IWF has historically invited Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers, members and leaders. In fact, none other than al-Qaradawi was a speaker at the 2007 event.