Qatar’s leadership claims the emirate is easily withstanding the embargo. Near-record products exports back this up, though it is still taking an economic hit.

Qatar’s Emir Tamim struck a defiant tone during his 19 September speech at the UN General Assembly. “I stand before you while my country and my people are subjected to an ongoing and unjust blockade imposed since 5 June by neighboring countries.” Addressing the embargo imposed by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and...