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False news and the crisis in the Middle East

The use of fake news to provoke a conflict like the one now shaking the Middle East is an escalation of information warfare with unprecedented consequences. But it is not only Russia that should be under suspicion. There are many other players interested in drawing sectarian fronts. The terrorist attack in Tehran Wednesday is a new development that makes the situation explosive.

The recent days crisis in the Middle East with Qatar, which has been subjected to a political attack from Saudi Arabia and a number of other Arab countries and Gulf states, has been given another dimension. New reports prosecutor Russia to have produced the fake news (false news) that allegedly helped provoke the crisis.

It’s the FBI in collaboration with Qatar authorities are investigating, but the notion that it is only Russia that could be responsible for planting such false news is a collapse of a complex image: D

There are several other actors, including Iran, Saudi Arabia itself or the United Arab Emirates, all of whom could have an interest in the current conflict.

However, if there is a fact about fake news planted by Russia, talk about a significant escalation of the use of such information weapons. As previously known to Russian-made fake news as a tool in election campaigns in Western countries such as the United States and most recently France, the use of fake news as it has been in Qatar, represent a dangerous turning point where external interference has provoked a conflict that could potentially have long-term consequences for the entire Middle East.

It is dangerous in many ways and an important reminder that both citizens and governments in the global information society need to relate much more critically to the constant news flow.

Chaos and confusion in the wake of false news and terrorist attacks in Iran

The very purpose of fake news is not just to spread false news and thus affect the political agenda in a given direction. The purpose is as much to create confusion and disorientation that rolls on and which is hard to stop even after the fake news has been revealed as being a fake room. And it is precisely in this chaos that the focus is lost.

Right now, the media are focusing on witnessing a Russian hacker attack that has planted these fake news that has provoked the crisis. But in isolation, the focus is not comprehensive for the whole picture.

In my last analysis of the situation , I realized that the disagreements with Qatar Really has root in an annual conflict: Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain and others. has long been dissatisfied with Qatar housing and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, considered by the other Arab countries as a terrorist group.

There has been no difference for Saudi Arabia at all, whether the news in question was false or not. Politics on the edges rarely rides on a wave of truth requirements.

Qatar has also been accused of supporting IS / Daesh, as is the country financing the Al Jazeera television station, which is accused of the other countries for spurring resurrection in the other Arab states. In addition, Qatar – especially Saudi Arabian eyes – has an extremely close cooperation with Iran.

In other words, there are talk of more critical conditions that have been smeared over a number of years and now suddenly broken out in a light hat.

A welcome reason

False news or not, however, was a very welcome opportunity for Saudi Arabia to hit and finally try to put Qatar out of the game. It has not made any difference for Saudi Arabia at all, whether the news in question was fake or not. Politics on the edges rarely rides on a wave of truth requirements.

However, Saudi Arabia is playing a great game by isolating Qatar, which may require closer cooperation with Iran. Such a partnership will be a nightmare scenario for just Saudi Arabia, which has Iran as its declared arch enemy

So, even though it is quite worrying that fake news is used as evidence of argument and argument for a conflict, one should focus on the ball: the crisis has been latent for a number of years and it was obvious that it would break out at some point.

Saudi Arabia, however, plays high levels by isolating Qatar, which may be required to initiate closer cooperation with Iran. Such a partnership will be a nightmare scenario for just Saudi Arabia, which has Iran as its declared arch enemy. If the scebario were to become reality, the regime in Riyadh itself has contributed to a further strengthening of the eternal sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shi Muslims, which has just Iran and Saudi Arabia as main actors.

In the light of this, it is therefore deeply worrying that Iran was today exposed to two terrorist attacks by IS / Daesh (the organisation has blamed ).

IS has not previously committed terrorist attacks in Iran. The terrorist attack in the heart of the Shi’u-Muslim highway thus underscores the sectarian component of the explosive situation that can suddenly grow beyond Saudi Arabia’s needs with the aim of putting Qatar in place once and for all.

The crisis is no longer just about Russian fake news and Qatar, but has potential for a far more serious development.

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