The head of Dubai police has openly accused the Muslim Brotherhood, the Arab Spring winners, of plotting to overthrow the Arab Gulf monarchies. “The Muslim Brotherhood, the force that has emerged from the Arab Spring, plotting regime change in the Gulf,” General Dhahi Khalfane was quoted in an interview published Sunday by the Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas.
“My sources say that the next step is to make the Gulf ruling families powerless. This will begin with Kuwait in 2013 and end in 2016 with other countries,” he said, ensuring that this information came partly from Western intelligence services. Note that the Islamists won the parliamentary elections held February 2nd in Kuwait, capturing 23 of 50 parliamentary seats.
Earlier this month, General Khalfane threatened to issue an arrest warrant against the influential Qatar-based Sunni cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi for criticizing the decision of the Emirati authorities to expel the Syrians who demonstrated in Dubai without permission. They protested against the Syrian regime. Khalfane said he had warned the six Gulf monarchies (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait) against the Muslim Brotherhood.