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Why Does Al Jazeera Love a Hateful Islamic Extremist?
Jeffrey Goldberg
July 10, 2013, 10:30 AM PDT
July 10 (Bloomberg) -- So, it hasn’t been the best week for Al Jazeera, the television network owned by Qatar’s despotic ruling family, for the same reason that it hasn’t been a great week for the despotic ruling family itself: the ouster of Egypt’s president, Mohamed Mursi, the bumpkin fundamentalist.
Qatar pumped a lot of money into Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood government, and for what? The Qatari royal family should sue the Brotherhood for malfeasance. So much hope was riding on Mursi’s experiment in political Islam. Although Qatar spreads the risk around a bit -- it has provided millions of dollars to Islamists in Syria and to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas (now there’s an investment in the future) -- Mursi represented its main chance to advance the cause of Islamic fundamentalism.
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