I don't understand why Qatar has (or seems to have) its foreign policy fingers in certain pies. I recall reading that the Islamists in the Malian rebellion were supported by Qatar, though that was in one news article and I haven't since seen that assertion. Now, over the weekend, there was a battle at the airport in Tripoli; the anti-Islamists are supposedly helped by the UAE and Egypt while the Islamists are backed by Qatar.
If Qatar is doing this, I don't get it. They don't maintain that kind of fundamentalism at home so I can't understand why they'd support it elsewhere. Maybe it has nothing to do with the philosophy and it's a means to some other end -- but what, and why?