By Agieb Bilal
The Qataris have been a thorn in the side of Gulf rulers since their refusal to join the newly formed UAE (1971), a decision comparable to Singapore’s opting to not join the Malaysian Federation (1965).
Reasons were to be independent of perceived British influence on the UAE (Qatar) and Malaysian Chinese refusal to be dominated by an overwhelmingly Muslim and native Malay government.
Present problems with Qatar and the area rulers (including Egypt’s military and other oppressive regimes) can be traced to her audacious embrace of Thomas Jefferson’s famous edict regarding government:
“… Newspapers (media) without government is preferable to government without newspapers.”... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.