Qatar buys General al-Dhabi’s resignation

Sudanese General al-Dhabi, considered until recently as the Darfur peace negotiator, has been targeted by an international smear campaign after the first daily reports by the Arab League monitors started to show that his Mission would not endorse the Atlanticist version of events in Syria.

However, Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi remained steadfast in the face of persistent pressure and, at the end of one month’s investigation, issued a summary report indicating that the Syrian security forces never opened fire on peaceful protest demonstrations.

Just as a new observation mission is being considered, this time jointly with the Arab League and the United Nations, Qatar escalated pressure on General al-Dhabi to get him to resign and leave the door open for a more accommodating personality.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, first offered him a compensation if he agreed to retire. The general refused. The Emir then told him by phone that every man has a price and that it was up to him to fix his own and sent him a blank check, asking him to fill in the amount. New refusal by the General. Continue reading