The New Wind of Change blowing over Moroccan Sahara

In the final analysis, Morocco’s foreign policy is now very well anchored on three major priorities focusing on the legal Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, though “Morocco is in its Sahara and the Sahara in its Morocco”, excluding any notion of a referendum, on the one hand, and create a revolutionary economic, political and social development process in all areas, to include the democratisation of all the institutions in the country, modernising education by giving priority to the National Amazigh language and reduce the foreign Arabic language in Moroccan schools and Universities, promote the provision of foreign languages as presented by the gifted Prof Rachid Belmokhtar as well as reinforcing sciences by reducing useless Islamic studies, Arabic language, literature and poetry and other useless luxury subjects without any future for employment, innovation or tolerant thinking. The second is security and security both within Morocco, regionally and at international level. The country is also playing the cards of international security and its determination to fight Islamist terrorists, drug dealers, counter band and human traffickers. International diplomacy is on the forefront of the Foreign Office and investment in the Moroccan Southern regions is a major preoccupation of the authorities in Rabat to counter its critics within and from without. Morocco considers that the problems facing the world today are more about insecurity than anything else. World terrorism is better organised now than at any time before and poses serious problems and challenges to the whole of the international community. It breads on failed and weak states, like the case in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Mali, Centre Afrique, Nigeria, Somalia, South Soudan, Libya, Algeria and many more states around the world. The West is not spared or immune and terrorism finds its root not only in failed-states but also in defective democracies (démocraties défectueuses) like France, Belgium and others around the world. The experiences in Syria, Iraq, the attacks in Paris, Brussels, Germany and Turkey show the resolve of these obscurantist who instead of being called “Terrorist” belonging to either Ben Laden’s Group, or Baghdadi’s Group, these failed and some of the defective democratic states still hammer their hidden hatred for peaceful Islam to validate their false assumptions. They label them, not as terrorists, but ‘Islamic Terrorists’ or ‘Islamic State’ and not even using the word ‘Islamist’ which is not Islamic because it sounds better to undermine Islam and reinforce islamophobia in society when Islamic bashing becomes fashionable, instead of calling a spade a spade. Furthermore, they legitimise what is not legal by their actions and declarations when they acknowledge these “Terrorists” as a legitimate and a sovereign state and hypocritically arrest, harass and punish people for apology when these defective states are the first ones, because of their weaknesses, to promote it to serve their elections prospects. So the fact remains that these ONGs, who support failed regimes like the one in Algeria or a terrorist organisation like the Polisario’s Abou el Oualid Sahraoui, one of the Algerian secret service collaborator and one of the founders of the MUJAO terrorist group based in Mali before he headed the Mourabitun Movement with the Algerian Belmokhtar. They seem to ignore or do not want to examine in any details who is behind Mokhtar Belmokhtar or Abdelmalek Droukdel, both working with the Algerian military and the secret services covering Algeria, Libya, the Sahel, or the Moroccan Sahara and beyond. None of them mention the atrocities committed by Polisario terrorists, encouraged by some of these ONGs to cause serious damage to the Moroccan population and the security services as well as the army. These Polisario terrorists acting in Tindouf and Moroccan Sahara are targeting different towns and villages including the attack on Gleim were legitimised by these organisations and now MINURSO is on the top of their list. They gave them a green light to butcher innocent people, targeting especially members of the army and security services in the Camp at Gdeim Izik when they attacked the Camp from 9 October 2010 and continued till the dismantling of the camp by the government forces on 8 November 2010. Unlike the ‘Zemla Intifada’ under Spanish rule in 1970, the ‘First and Second Intifada’ was not of the same magnitude and could be seen as an excess zeal from the security services when it was based on trivial technical matters and the case should have been handled with tact and better. Up to now the Moroccan authorities were still living in the shadow of the “Years of lead” and made serious mistakes in turning a minor issue to a major one, because of the traditional non-respect of the individual, be it from the South or from other parts of Morocco, an aspect the ONGs do not take into consideration in order to be given any credence for impartiality. It appears that other Moroccans do not count. Whereas for the case at Gleim Izik was a deliberate and well organised Polisario terrorist act designed to create carnage in Morocco and outrage abroad enflamed by some self-made ONGs for self-glory when they failed in everything else in their lives. They never reported the Polisario terrorists butchering with knives of 11 members of the auxiliary forces at the camp and injuring 159, whereas only 2 members of the terrorists were killed. The authorities arrested 25 members of them and presented them to a military court where they received all the care and attention of the selfish ONGs and no concern for the dead. The 25 arrested Polisario terrorists received heavy sentences except for 2 who were freed at the end of the trial in 20131.


The other main concern for Morocco is the promotion of all types of synergy in all industries and in all fields of technology, improve the infrastructure in all urban and rural areas as well as completing electrification and make available water distribution in all isolated areas throughout Morocco, build major and rural roads, motorways, complete and renovate rail networks, build hospitals, universities and Research Centres for excellence as well as other projects to make all Moroccans responsible and prosperous in their country from Saidia to Zug in the East, from Zug to Lagouira in the South, from Lagouira to Tangier in the West and from Tangier to Saidia in the North. To achieve its development goals, Morocco needs above all its security which is centred first and above all on securing the security of the Saharan borders from Mauritania in the South to the border line with Algeria that extends from Saidia Oued Kiss to the Mauritanian border line in the East; complete its advanced status within Europe as well as reinforcing further its role in its continent among Francophone and Anglophone Africa. It has just confirmed its special partnership with the GCC and Saudi Arabia during the King’s historical visit of April 2016, uniting all Arab Monarchies (except Jordan) with the Moroccan Amazigh Monarchy. Major changes also have taken place with major powers by improving and consolidating Morocco’s position with Russia since the visit of the King in 2016, further breakthroughs were recorded during his visit to China on 11 May 2016 leading to a Free-Trade Agreement between Morocco and China. After China the King visited India where a new partnership was signed between India and Morocco. There are also major changes taking place with Brazil which is the third Moroccan trading partner, and the kingdom is exploring further breakthroughs with other major and minor partners in all economic, political and social spheres. Morocco has to work harder to assert itself against Algeria which failed completely to make any substantial contribution to its economy or impress its traditional allies, especially since its oil revenues dropped and the cash handouts it used to distribute dried out and can no longer be sustained as the price of oil is enjoying the thrill and danger of a defective roller-coaster freefall, with some minor recoveries made recently.


A new era started for Morocco with the new SG, Antonio Gutierrez, taking his functions at the UN from 1st January 2017. He is an experienced diplomat with a record of achievement and praise worldwide. A lots of initiatives are expected to take place, especially the modernisation and the restructure of the UN or, at least, some parts of this worldwide institution. Morocco is also relying heavily on its new role by reintegrating the AU and the possible Expulsion of the Polisario from this continental institution, at the expense of mainly Algeria and South Africa with other minor countries supporting the SADR. With the return of Morocco within the African Union, the election of a new President of the AU, a new role and a new approach in foreign policy with Africa is on the making and is based on win-win within South-South economic, political and social cooperation with religious tolerance through the teaching of the Ibn Tumart’s Moroccan Amazigh Malekit-Sunni Ash’ari-Tijania Sufi Islam, on the one hand, and of an Averroes secular totally Moroccan Amazigh movement, on the other2.