I will tell you one thing. Ever since we got involved in the Syrian crisis, we’ve been given the leading role in all of this, thanks to the Saudis’ reluctance at that point.
AhlulBayt News Agency - Former Qatari Prime Minister, Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al Thani, revealed his country’s vile role in igniting and fueling the Syrian uprising in March 2011, which has eventually turned into one of the world’s bloodiest proxy wars.
Bin Jassim’s remarks came as he was interviewed by the Financial Times days ago. Even though the facts unveiled are tremendously shocking, the interview has been suspiciously ignored and undervalued by most of Arabic and western media outlets.
The former foreign minister made it clear that what has happened in Syria is not a ‘revolution’, rather an ‘international gameplay’ whereby the United States has given ‘the green light’ to both Saudi Arabia and Qatar to intervene in Syria’s affairs.
“I will tell you one thing. Ever since we got involved in the Syrian crisis, we’ve been given the leading role in all of this, thanks to the Saudis’ reluctance at that point. Then some change occurred without our knowledge; the Saudis wanted us to take a back seat which eventually ended up in a competition. That was not good at all“, he told FT reporter.
Both the timing and significance of these remarks entirely refute the narratives invented and promoted by Saudi Arabia and other Arab and western governments about a revolution being erupted against the Syrian tyrant who tragically kills his own people, aided by Iran and Russia.
The misleading campaigns affected Assad’s allies as well. Russia and Iran have been labeled with destabilizing regional security and supporting terrorism, Hezbollah has been blacklisted as a terrorist group for fighting alongside the Syrian Army.
In parallel, Jassim’s confessions might have serious repercussions for Saudi Arabia, Qatar and even the United States itself.
Legally speaking, the Syrian government, and upon these statements, is entitled to file a legal claim asking for trillions of dollars to cover the reconstruction, re-arming and equipping the Syrian Army, indemnifications for the families of victims affected by the war.
Very dangerous remarks'
Prominent Saudi writer Tarad bin Saeed al-Ameri described Sheikh Hamad’s remarks as “very dangerous” which “raise many questions because they totally obliterate the basic foundations of the Syria story.”
That is “the story which (Persian) Gulf littoral states have made up about Syria, Assad's removal, the government’s treatment of the Syrian people, regional security, meddling in other countries’ affairs, Geneva talks and most importantly Iran’s role in the region,” he wrote on the Anha website.
“Hence, more than anything, America, Saudi Arabia and Qatar must provide explanations about Hamad bin Jassim’s statements,” he added.
According to Ameri, the former Qatari PM’s contention that “what is unfolding in Syria is part of an international game is not surprising.”
Planned before Arab Spring
“Like former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas who said the war against Syria was planned two years before ‘the Arab Spring,’ it is not surprising from Qatar because this is the country which was busy at the time, plotting in Libya, Egypt, Yemen and Syria,” Ameri wrote.
What is surprising and controversial is Sheikh Hamad’s allegation about Saudi intervention in Syria which requires a formal confirmation or denial, he went on to say.
“Hamad bin Jassim’s accusation of Saudi armed support for those who took to the streets to protest against the government totally changes the whole story and eradicates the basics of Saudi claims and those by other (Persian) Gulf states about the Syria crisis.”
According to the Saudi writer, the Syrian government can use “these dangerous statements as evidence to bring a lawsuit against various countries and receive more than $1 trillion in compensation to rebuild" Syria.
“Involvement in an international plot to topple a sovereign government is not an issue to simply overlook. We need to get full information about the planning and what Hamad bin Jassim calls an international game,” Ameri said.
However, there remains one important question, "Was the recent Israeli stance about Golan part of the game?” he asked.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked an international outcry after convening Israel’s first cabinet meeting in the occupied Golan Heights last week.
It prompted Syrian Ambassador to UN Bashar al-Ja’afari to accuse Tel Aviv of collaborating with Daesh and Nusra Front militants in attacking the country.
According to Ameri, Qatar's former prime minister has dropped the "bombshell in the Saudi lap" and the onus is on the kingdom "to reveal the truth even if it hurts America."
"Can America and its allies in Saudi Arabia and (Persian) Gulf countries call for Bashar al-Assad's removal after this revelation or participate in the negotiations to resolve the Syrian crisis?" he asked.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in December that leaked documents from Saudi ministries showed the kingdom, Qatar, and Turkey had a secret deal three years ago to topple the Syrian government.
He told Rossiya-1 channel that the United States, France, and Britain had also been involved in the secret deal in 2012.