- © apa/Herbert Pfarrhofer
- © apa/Herbert Pfarrhofer

Zum Gastkommentar von
Somayya Anwar Jabarti, 14. Juni

Vorwürfe gegen Katar -
eine Erwiderung

After losing its embarrassing influence campaign against our country, the editor in chief of the Saudi Arabian national newspaper, "Saudi Gazette", Mrs. Somayya Jabarti attempts in her recent column to rehash the anti-Qatar quartets tried and failed talking points. Instead of shamelessly lecturing Austrians on the scourge of terrorism, a more useful exercise may have been to inwardly reflect on Saudi’s own massive spread of this pollution, which has clouded not only GCC politics but the global order and reputation of Islam here in the West. It was not Qatar who supplied 15 of the 19 hijackers on September 11th. It is Saudi Arabia rather than Qatar being sued for those same events in an ongoing lawsuit in New York. The American and European people understand this.

For our part, any steps our Saudi neighbors take to meditate on the ideological drivers of terrorism is welcome. We also encourage Saudi women, to continue writing to make their voices heard (and even forgive instances when it’s not their own voice but the Saudi governments!). Along with writing, Qatar also welcomes Saudi women to a new era when they can legally drive automobiles (as women in our own country have been doing since its founding). Bringing Saudi Arabia into the fold of modern civilization is a crucial challenge for the world.

- © apa/Roland Schlager
- © apa/Roland Schlager

However misguided "Saudi Gazette" writer’s arguments are, its good to see Saudi’s thinking about countering this terrorism rather than inciting it.

Ali bin Jassim Al Thani,

Ambassador of the

State of Qatar to Austria

Erinnerungen an
Thomas Chorherr

Ebenso wie hunderte anderer Österreicher hatten Thomas Chorherr und ich die Möglichkeit, das Jahr 1951/52 als Fullbright-Studenten in den USA zu verbringen. Ein entscheidendes Erlebnis!

In den letzten Monaten hatte ich die Ehre, Tommy Chorherr - körperlich bereits schwer gezeichnet, betreut von seiner Frau Christa - zu Hause zu besuchen. Ungebrochen blieben seine geistige Lebendigkeit, seine Freude an Wort und Sprache, an Humor und sein aus der Tiefe kommendes ansteckendes Lachen, das freilich immer schwächer wurde.

Einen Menschen wie Thomas Chorherr vergisst man nicht.