Debate is good, and if anyone has any sensible responses to my posts, or genuine points for discussion then I’m happy to engage with them in the comments sections under the relevant articles. For example, it’s perfectly reasonable to argue that Western Sahara and the Sahrawi might carve a future for themselves as part of a greater Morocco by accepting Moroccan sovereignty and lobbying for political reform, along with other groups in Morocco that are hungry for change. A Western Sahara integrated into a greater Morocco could be a key catalyst for change involving, for example, a transition to a constitutional monarchy, greater recognition of minority groups and regional cultures (e.g. in the Rif), and so on. I, and all the Sahrawi I’ve ever met, would probably argue against such an approach on a number of grounds, including that it is probably naive to think that such lobbying for reform would result in anything other than more oppression of the Sahrawi by the Moroccan state. However, such a proposal wouldn’t be outlandish or stupid, and would deserve to be considered and debated.
Interestingly, the above argument is not one that I’ve ever heard or seen put forward by supporters of Morocco’s claim to Western Sahara. Instead, there is an ocean of stupidity and dishonesty separating such arguments from the usual responses I receive from the pro-Morocco lobby. These responses typically consist of assertions that Morocco is good and the Polisario and Algeria are bad, fabrications about Polisario links to terrorism and slavery, misinformation about the nature of the Sahrawi refugee camps, misrepresentations of the ceasefire terms and the role of the UN, the rewriting of history, assertions that the vast areas of Western Sahara that are controlled by the Polisario (in which I work) are actually a UN buffer zone designed to protect Morocco, personal attacks, thinly veiled threats, and the establishment of internet hate groups to attack bloggers and journalists who challenge Morocco’s position. Morocco’s internet imperialism is so widespread that pretty much any mention of Western Sahara anywhere on the web now elicits an ejaculation of nationalistic Tourette’s from those tasked by the Moroccon state with monitoring and responding to material that challenges its hegemonic aspirations in the Sahara.
The purpose of this page is provide a forum in which nationalists and lobbyists can post their propaganda and vitriol, thus leaving the rest of the blog free for proper debate. So come on folks, fire away. The more outlandish, personal and vitriolic the attacks, the better.
Here’s one to start you off, from “Ahmed” (email@example.com) posted in response to a page on my personal website that describes my interests and activities in Western Sahara.
Just tell me something : who’s the “president of western sahara democracy”?
Let me help you : Mohamed Abdel Aziz, he’s not coming from Sahara, but From Morocco, Marrakesh exactly. This guy parents are still leaving there.
Mister NICK BROOKS : don’t come to Morocco we don’t need you even if we are poor.
You know what? In Morocco there about 30th milion of people there who believe that Sahara is a part of the country, and this holy land will not be sold or given to anybody.
May God help you all to see really who’s the lier, or may God punish you all in the memory of 10 thousands of moroccan, kidnaped, tortured, and sacrified by polisario (west sahara terrorists of the officiel west sahara state).
Just a moroccan
Just to give you an idea of the appropriate form.
So come on then, fire away!