This question is for you American citizen. If you were to live in a country other than the U.S. and you were given only two choices, Morocco and Spain, where would you rather settle? Read this article before giving yourself an answer.
Let us first give you some insights about what lays behind this straight question. There is no single border in this planet where the the gap in terms of values and wealth is bigger than the border between Spain and Morocco. Think of the US-Mexico border and multiply that times 5 and you are not even getting closer to what we are talking about.
Imagine that instead of a majority christian country like Mexico you would have a 99% muslim kingdom, just across the Río Grande, where 83% of its people support instating Islamic Law –Sharia– (Pew Research Institute data). This means that an overwhelming majority of Moroccan citizens are for stoning adulteress, taxing unbelievers with the Yizia and so on.
Imagine a country where women inherit half of what their male sibblings inherit, by law. Imagine a country where proselytizing muslims (that is all its people) is regarded as a crime. Imagine a country where homosexuality is “awarded” with a 3 months to 6 years stay in prison. Imagine a country where adopting a child is forbidden. Don´t have to imagine, that country exists: Morocco; and it is just a walk away from the Spanish towns of Ceuta and Melilla in Northern Africa.
Morocco has been recently granted by the US foreign policy a special status as a preferred allied for the Northern Africa and the Strait of Gibraltar region, which would make sense to me if it was just Morocco compared to its muslim neighbours ejoying the benefits of even harder muslim style tyrannies. But this US policy does not make any sense when you have Spain, a free country continuously harrashed by Moroccan tyrants, added into the equation.
But let us not forget that the traditional US policy when it comes to dealing with muslim autocracies –I am sorry for the oxymoron– follows the doctrine suppousedly laid out by Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “He may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.”
The US foreign relations gurus should have already learnt –but they prove not to– that when it comes to dealing with muslim countries trust is the least thing you should have in mind and suspicion is the healthiest approach. It happened in Afghanistan, it happened in Irak, it happened in Lybia –remember Hillary? remember Blinken?–, it happens in Syria and it will hapen with Turkey. Same suspicion must be the guide for dealing with Morocco. The reason behind this continuous failures of the US diplomacy at dealing with muslim leaders rests in a very simple and yet very politically incorrect concept, though true: The US is an infidel country to the eyes of the Umma (that is the name for the world muslim brotherhood) but, for some Allah´s weird curse, the Land of the Free (still?) is the world´s first superpower. So despite their contempt for the American values the muslim leaders need to flirt with America in order to use its support for their local causes.
Morocco´s per capita annual wealth (GDP per capita) is USD 3,345 that is 19,5 times less than that of the U.S. and 9 times less than Spain´s. Consider that Mexicans have more than 3 times the GDP per capita compared to Moroccans and the gap between Mexico and the US in terms of GDP per capita is 6.4 compared to the 9 times gap in the case of spain and Morocco.
Who is King Mohammed VI, Morocco´s leader? In a nutshell King Mohammed is the CEO of Morocco; Morocco is his kingdom and property. 30% of the country´s wealth runs through either one of the two holdings where the King holds 60% of the shares: Societe Nationale d’Investissement (SNI) and ONA (Omnium Nord Africain). King Mohammed controls through these two corporate titans Morocco´s largest bank, Attijariwafa; mining company Managem Group; sugar producer Cosumar; and dairy firm Centrale Danone. But the King´s reach in the Moroccan economy goes way much further: tourism, telco, plastics, transport, energy, insurance, etc.
That is for the economy, but when it comes to politics Mohammed´s grip of his country is even bigger.
The King of Morocco can dissolve the legislative chambers; declare states of exception; grant pardons; appoint the President of the Government; dissolve the Government; and give the go-ahead to the ministers. But that’s not all, the King directly controls the army, the Ministries of Sovereignty, Interior, Foreign Affairs and Justice… and appoints 5 out of the 20 magistrates of the General Council of the Moroccan Judicial Power by hand. The President of the United States cannot even dream of such a power.
All the above are the King´s superpowers after getting them trimmed in the constitution of 2011. Before 2011 Mohammed had even more power, just imagine! All political parties are controlled by the Alawite Royal House and the only party that could be classified as opposition, the FGD, has 2 out of the 395 seats of the Moroccan Lower House. The second force in parliament is the PAM (Party of Authenticity and Modernity) also known as the “party of the King’s friends” since it was founded by a close friend of Mohamed VI –Fouad Alí el Himma–.
Moroccans must be very supportive of this humble King of theirs, don´t you think? The answer is dare not to show your support. Morocco´s per capita annual wealth (GDP per capita) is USD 3,345 that is 19,5 times less than that of the U.S. and 9 times less than Spain´s. Consider that Mexicans have more than 3 times the GDP per capita compared to Moroccans and the gap between Mexico and the US in terms of GDP per capita is 6.4 compared to the 9 times gap in the case of Spain and Morocco.
Still the U.S. has recently granted Morocco a privilege deal that, among other things, will allow Morocco to acquire state-of-the-art US military equipment at very advantageous conditions. The army, that this multibillionaire crowned dictator personally leads, will purchase Abrams tanks, Apache helicopters, Patriot missiles and will be the first –and only– African nation to own stealth technology 5th generation F-35 fighters.
The King of Morocco can dissolve the legislative chambers; declare states of exception; grant pardons; appoint the President of the Government; dissolve the Government; and give the go-ahead to the ministers. But that’s not all, the King directly controls the army, the Ministries of Sovereignty, Interior, Foreign Affairs and Justice… and appoints 5 of the 20 magistrates of the General Council of the Moroccan Judicial Power by hand
Why so this first class ally treatment?
Two reasons. First and foremost important one is that King Mohammed embodies the FDR doctrine we talked of above. He is, apparently, the best among the bad options that can be supported by the US in Northern Africa. To the south you have Mauritania, a country where slavery was formerly abolished in 1980 and it wasn´t punishable until 2007 and still 20% of its population live under some form of slavery. By the way, Mauritania is part of what Morocco considers the Great Morocco (also includes parts of Mali, Algiers and Spain). To the east Algiers is probably a country with more freedoms than its neighbour Morocco but to the eyes of the US diplomacy its stability is weaker and it lacks the geostrategic position of Morocco (south of the Strait of Gibraltar and with an extense Atlantic coastline that includes the occupied territory of Western Sahara).
The second reason for Morocco to enjoy its first class deal with the U.S., is that Morocco has agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. A country ruled by a self described islamist party (PJD Party of Justice and Development) to which the Prime Minister – Saadeddine Othmani – belongs has signed diplomatic relations with what they contemptibly refer to, in their party´s statutes, as the Zionist Entity.
But why is the government of Morocco acting against its own ideology? The only reason is that the US has acknowledge Moroccan sovereinity over the Western Sahara in exchange for this deal with Israel. The Western Sahara, a former Spanish possesion south of Morocco, was invaded by King Hassan (Mohammed´s father) in 1975 taking advantage of Franco´s imminent death.
In November 1975 Morocco launched what they called the “Green March” –green for the corporate color of Islam– headed by women and children bearing their qurans and followed by the army. The coward strategy of putting women and children ahead paid off and the Spanish troops stationed at the border withdrew and embarked to the Canary Islands after the then prince, Juan Carlos literally dropped his pants, with Franco dying, giving the order that allowed that the inhabitants of the territory –with Spanish citizenship– suffered the repression of the dictator Hassan II. The UN resolutions asking for a referendum have never been heard as it usually happens when these resolutions are against the will of the powerful muslim lobby in that mob organization called United Nations.
One thing to keep in mind is that the PJD –the islamist party ruling Morocco– program includes “the suspension of all kinds of secret or declared normalization of relations” with Israel. An Islamist party is by definition anti-Jewish, but that does not bother Anthony Blinken now, nor did it bother Donald Trump last year when he was in such a rush to sign deals instead of worrying about what Big Tech and others were cooking for him as he headed into the trap of the last november elections.
But let us continue with Morocco´s contradictions that should be a concern for the US People.
In August of last year 2020, Prime Minister Othmani said the following:
“We refuse any normalization with the Zionist Entity (derogatory way of referring to Israel) because this would discourage them to continue attacking the rights of the Palestinian people.”
On December 22, Othmani himself signed – swallowing his own ideology – an agreement to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. An anti-Semitic and Islamist president of the Government – worth the redundancy – passes in four months from sympathizing with the Iranian ayatollahs in their anti-Semitic zeal to signing diplomatic relations with a country he himself considers devil with horns and tail. What happened?
It happened that the King is the one who decides and Othmani, no matter how Islamist he is, is nothing but a wimp of the monarch. It happened that Mohamed VI knew how to take advantage of an outgoing Trump eager to sign up as many diplomatic deals as possible. It happened that King Mohammed obtained from the US the recognition of Moroccan sovereignty of the Occupied Sahara in exchange for recognizing Israel and he said, ok let´s do it.
This decision has some high cost for the King. Despite the big win of dragging the US into blessing the occupation of Western Sahara, signing any deal with a country his people regard as evil –and they hear that every other friday at their local mosques– can and will cause unrest. Add to that that the puppet government was recently leading rallies against that same Israel they signed a deal with. The government can be a puppet but their lack of consistency does not go without Moroccans noticing that something does not fit.
I am sure that Israel knows very well how trustworthy a deal signed with a tyrant muslim king can be since they, contrary to the US candidness, know well what a deal means with these people. In fact Israel has survived –which amazes me and makes me very happy too– despite the treasons suffered; and that is because Israel knows who they are playing cards with.
Foreign policy, sovereignty matters in general, belong to the the exclusive realm of the tyrant king. Mohamed, as a (supposed) descendant of the warlord Muhammad, knows well the Muslim principle of Taqiya (deception or justified cheating in Islam towards the infidels) and knows that he is interested in having the support of the United States in his expansionist will towards the Greater Morocco (that reaches far south into Senegal).
But, as we in Spain are used to, the capricious monarch can change his mind as he wills like his father and grandfather did, and ride the tiger of antisemitism and fundamentalism in case he thinks that is the appropriate thing to do to keep his lifestyle. A lifestyle surrounded by 600 luxury cars, 12 palaces in Morocco, a palace in Paris valued at 88 million euros, half the municipality of Betz (a town north of Paris where he has a palace and a farm), private planes (including one of 90 million euro owned by his 15-year-old son) and there is no shortage of tacky quirks like a Patek Philippe diamond watch valued at 1 million euros or a yacht valued at 90 million euros. And the list goes on.
That is for Morocco. And on the other side of the border you have Spain and western country where women have equal rights –if no more– than men, where there is (still) freedom of expression and where your sexual orientation is not a problem or a crime like it is in neighbouring Morocco. Spain as the rest of the Western world is being drowned by a wave of political correctness, gender theory, feminist fanatical irredentism, cancel culture and a growing dictatorship of emotions over arguments, logic and reason. Does it sound like something you know in the US? Sure it does!
Spain is one of the pillars on which Western civilization is founded. Spain is the only nation along with Russia that expelled Islam from its soil. Spain is the nation that led the naval victory against the Turks (supported by France as now France largely supports Moroccan interests) in Lepanto. Spain is the nation that stopped the advance of Islam in Asia by stopping its expansion in the Philippines in the 16th century. Spain is the nation that if it did not come to be because a sailor named Colombus arrived in America in a fleet of three Spanish ships, the reconquest would have continued through Africa until possibly reaching Mecca itself.
Spain is the nation that most supported George Washington in his war against the British. It was Spain and not France, contrary to what is popularly believed, the power that lent the most support to the incipient US. It was Spain that opened a front against the redcoats in the south by weaging a war against the British across the Louisiana and into Florida, led by Bernanrdo de Gálvez – in whose honor is erected the city of Galvestown – Gálvez storm the British from New Spain (present Mexico and Texas) attacking up to 5 forts and expeditiously defeating General John Campbell in 1781 in Pensacola. Spain financed the Washington´s campaigns from Cuba, supplied rifles and ammunition through the Mississippi River and shared military intelligence with the Continental Army.
Gálvez was named an honorary citizen of the United States of America by President George Washington for his contribution to the British defeat and his active participation in favor of the Continental Army. Today, he is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States and his portrait is feartatured along with the other founding fathers at the United States Congress. I doubt there was some general from Morocco that did one tenth of what General Gálvez did in support of the birth of the USA.
Last week Morocco pushed 7,000 people into the Spanish town of Ceuta and they not only did so, but also acknowledged that it was done on purpose as a retaliation for Spain admiting a Polisario leader into Spain to be hospitalized. This guy is not a good guy to Western standards and probably was a mistake to grant him access to Spain using a false identity but it does by no means justify sending children, and even babies, swimming to skirt a breakwater that leads into Spanish territory. Today, thousands of Moroccan parents are desperate seeking their sons –they send sons not daughters– that were dragged from their schools by police and deceived with the promise of swimming their way to ceuta to see Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi play. So humanitarian, isn´t it?
Kidnapping, deceiving, starving his subjects while living a ridiculous, tacky and pompous life. Is that the guy you, as freedom loving, law abiding citizens want to give your support to?
Back to my original question:
If you were to live in a country other than the U.S. and you were given only two choices, Morocco and Spain, where would you rather settle? The answer to that question contains the answer to the question of who should the US support in the region.
I reckon that, unless you are Ilham Omar whose loyalty is to islam without a shadow of a doubt, you would find easy to take your pick, specially if you are a woman and or ejoy drinking a beer or some good wine now and then.