Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar’s emir, has told US news program “60 Minutes” that Arab soldiers should be sent into Syria to stop the bloodshed there.
During the course of an interview for 60 Minutes, the emir was asked if Arab countries should intervene in Syria. He responded:
“For such a situation to stop the killing… some troops should go to stop the killing.”
He is apparently the only Arab leader to so far publicly state such an opinion.
Qatar’s leadership has repeatedly spoken out against a bloody Syrian crackdown against anti-government protesters that some analysts say is heading toward a civil war.
Relations between Doha and Damascus, meanwhile, have spiraled downward as Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera continues to report on the conflict in Syria. Qatar shuttered its embassy in the Syrian capital some six months ago after it was attacked by Syrians loyal to the government, apparently outraged at Al Jazeera’s reports.