Faced with a glutted market for its liquefied natural gas, Qatar eyes development of Syrian gas fields as a huge opportunity, if Assad can be forced from power.
On 60 Minutes, the country's leader has said Arab troops should be sent to Syria to stop the regime’s bloody attacks on dissidents that have killed thousands of people.
Arab leaders put aside the creed of Arab unity to speak out against Libya's Qaddafi. But they are far more wary of Syria, whose Assad regime is a much more influential player.
The meeting, in which world leaders offered humanitarian arguments for Qaddafi's ouster, established a 'contact group' to help guide the political process in the Libyan operation.
Facing pressure over the Hariri assassination, Hassan Nasrallah and his Hezbollah organization are growing anxious.
Across the Middle East, what would never happen in polite company now appears on broadcasts of The Doha Debates – discussion of controversy.