It's time Morocco rises to the challenge. Neither Obama nor his predecessors have a right to interfere in Moroccan domestic affairs unless the U.S. administration is keen to see a new war in North Africa. The losers will be the Algerian junta. There has never been a Sahrawi state and there will never be one. Morocco is not Iraq or Afghanistan. The country is united against enemies in the east or wherever there might be lurking. Obama should focus on poverty and insecurity that is ravaging the U.S.
4:08 a.m. / Monday, July 20, 2009
Morocco has already succeeded in one thing: it is the development of the Sahara which started since 1975. Furthrmore Moroccans don't need anyone to decide whether the Sahara is Moroccan or not. Morocco has put forward a negotiable plan that the U.N has approved.
6:21 p.m. / Saturday, July 18, 2009
Salhi wrote: "I'm Moroccan and I deeply feel happy for such a decision. The U.S. is never and will never be a one face nation. It has not helped us as we've helped them in piracy times."
The Moroccan-American Treaty of Friendship was signed in 1786, but that did not stop Morocco from declaring war on the US in 1801.
When T. Jefferson sent a squadron under Commodore Edward Preble, the Moroccans quickly realised their ultimate defeat and dropped their war declaration.
7:18 a.m. / Saturday, July 18, 2009
You guys talking about the president of the United States as if he were your equal really make me laugh.
Obama will do whatever he thinks is right, and there's nothing any of you maggots can do about it.
10:20 p.m. / Thursday, July 16, 2009
President Obama will not support a country which violates international law with its occupation of the Western Sahara, and which exports hashish (with parts of the proceeds of the sale of this drug going to terrorists of Al Qaida. The Sahraouis are worth supporting for another reason: They never resorted to terrorism, and have not been socialized to hating Americans. The world will be a better place with the Western Sahara as an independent state, and Obama will be remembered as a president who rose up to the challenge of making our world a better place for all.
8:40 p.m. / Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Ahmed Salem, the referendum has never been “obsolete” (MINURSO = Mission des NN UU pour le Reférendum au Sahara Occidental). The “autonomy” initiative is no more than a wishful imposition by the invader, not the free choice (self-determination) of the Sahrawis. But better than my own words, here you have the Speech of the Representative of the Sahrawi people, a month ago, before the UN Special Committee on Decolonization. It is a public document. You can read it at:
Luis Portillo Pasqual del Riquelme
9:30 a.m. / Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Corcas is an instrument of Majzen, its credibility is null. Referendum is possible. Solution? Referendum with three options: Independence, autonomy or integration. Saharawi people must decide their future. Freedom.
3:40 a.m. / Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Miguel, the referendum is definitely obsolete. Read the last UN resolutions on the issue. The autonomy initiative is a sort of self-determination. It works on the great reconciliation of all the sahraouis. Someone in this forum says that the majority of sahraouis are unionists. That's a true fact. See:
Ahmed Salem Amr Khaddad
10:30 a.m. / Monday, July 13, 2009
Mr. Obama has not yet grasped the complexity of this conflict. As of now the American government needs once more to get closer the issue with the Western Sahara conflict by getting involoved with the daily lives of the people who actually live there. The majority of them are either Moroccan descent or would like to be under the Moroccan sovereignty. The residents of the region need jobs, homes and normal lives not more military and continued unrest.
7:12 a.m. / Monday, July 13, 2009
Western Sahara is the last colony of Africa. The Saharawi people have the right of self determination. Morocco is a occupying force. Referendum now.
6:59 a.m. / Monday, July 13, 2009
I'm Moroccan and I deeply feel happy for such a decision. The U.S. is never and will never be a one face nation. It has not helped us as we've helped them in piracy times.
I wish the Polisario and Algeria government a great defeat because their cause is based on a fake agenda, and their people suffer more due to this invented conflict.
5:32 a.m. / Monday, July 13, 2009
Perhaps the truth on the Sahara issue is best explained through this website:
4:29 a.m. / Monday, July 13, 2009
If Obama reverses Bush-backed Morocco plan in favor of Polisario, Mohamed 6 reverses Hassan-backed Referendum plan that his father accepted in favor of Autonomy.
3:32 a.m. / Monday, July 13, 2009
Wishful thinking at best! For practical reasons It is impossible to to have another country in that region governed by 150 to 200K people controlled by the Algerian generals. Furthermore anyone with deep understanding of the region, its history and people would know that it is not feasible. There are thousands of Sahrawis that are scattered throuhout Morocco with historical and family links to the region that feel offended to keep defending their Moroccanity. Thry are Moroccons period. We pray and hope our sisters and brothers in the ALgerian camps.
3:27 a.m. / Monday, July 13, 2009
For those who dont know the historical truth behind the Western Sahara conflict, this website demonstrates and clarifies the hidden motives behind the escalation of the conflict:
12:53 a.m. / Sunday, July 12, 2009
If Obama is for an independent state in Western Sahara, he has no real experience in the region. This problem would never had existed without the support of Algeria. We Moroccans don’t care what M. Obama and M. Bouteflika think. We believe that the Western Sahara Belongs to us and we belong to her. The U.S. policy is made by lobbying. Algeria seems to have a lot of money to spend.
8:40 p.m. / Sunday, July 12, 2009
Danny, you seem to understand the meaning of Obama's message better than Obama himself!
4:33 p.m. / Saturday, July 11, 2009
It seems Obama is still learning about this complex issue and therefore refrained from commiting to any side so far. To me the letter does not mean at all that he is backing the Polisario state. If he wants Morocco to remain an ally, he will have to think twice before making a decision. We trust you Obama. You can make the right decision!
4:30 p.m. / Saturday, July 11, 2009
The Obama administration took a refreshing position as far as many issues around the world. In the question of Western Sahara, a question of decolonisation and human rights, Obama seems to be quite sensitive to the plights of the Sahrawi people and to international law. Morocco has been backed strongly by the Bush Administration in its autonomy proposal as the solution for the conflict. But still Obama has not pronounced himself clearly and inequivocally on the support of a Sahrawi State. The Sahrawi Republic is recognized by the African Union and Morocco is not member of that important African forum.
1:54 p.m. / Saturday, July 11, 2009
Morocco will not give up its territory no matter what. All Obama is saying is this: The king of Morocco should help with Middle East peace process, and I will help him with the Moroccan Sahara issue.
1:34 p.m. / Saturday, July 11, 2009
I think Obama needs to benefit from Algeria oil, especially when he talks about the Polisario.
1:25 p.m. / Saturday, July 11, 2009
For all who are claiming the Moroccanity of Western Sahara, I would like to mention the following:
In 1975 Morocco embarked on an act of aggression against our country as it invaded and occupied by force our homeland. This was undertaken to further its dream of a “Greater Morocco” that would include the entire Western Sahara, the whole of Mauritania and parts of Mali and Algeria;
Both the Frente Polisario and Morocco accepted a Settlement Plan based on a referendum of self-determination. The UN declared a ceasefire in 1991 and a UN mission - MINURSO - was established in the Territory to prepare for the holding of a free and fair referendum that will give a chance for the Saharawi people to exercise their right to self-determination in accordance with UN resolutions and its doctrine of decolonisation.However, the referendum process is, now obstructed unilaterally by Morocco;
Morocco also accepted the UN/OAU Settlement Plan which is based on the organisation of a referendum of self-determination. Furthermore, Morocco signed the Houston Agreements negotiated under the auspices of James Baker the former Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General. The agreements were endorsed by the Security Council and should have lead to the organisation of the referendum;
However, in August 2004, Morocco decided to abandon the peace process and the referendum idea altogether. The reason why Morocco wants to avoid the referendum process is because it fears the verdict of the Saharawi people;
12:21 p.m. / Saturday, July 11, 2009
The position of the Obama Administration seems to follow international legality towards the Sahara "conflict".
On this subject, you can read the works of very relevant Americans, such as James Baker III, John Bolton, Frank Ruddy ("Western Sahara: Africa's last colony"), Stephen Zunes or Thomas M. Franck ("The Stealing of the Sahara").
See the References in my article:
Western Sahara: The Legitimate Reasons of the Saharawi People
7:33 a.m. / Saturday, July 11, 2009
The Western Sahara issue is a decolonization issue. The UN for the last 18 years sought to bring the U.S. to support the Sahrawi people's right to self determination by backing inequivocally the UN peace process. Obama is for the African Union's hope for the peaceful resolution of this conflict. The Sahrawis are member of the African Union. Obama cannot ignore the African stand on this issue, otherwise, many will be disappointed. Let us not prejudge Obama, and let him follow his reasonable mind in dealing with African issues. Yes he can.
7:32 a.m. / Saturday, July 11, 2009
Brain, Khalid, Hammou ... How dare you judge an American president?
8:44 p.m. / Friday, July 10, 2009
Come on guys, try to be a bit honest. Western Sahara was invaded by the Moroccan army in 1975, just after the Spanish withdrawal. Tens of thoiusands of people were forced to flee to neighboring Algeria for their security. These are facts than can be checked out easily on Internet. Please, stop lying, it makes you sound ridiculous. Obama is not saying anything new. he's just going back to the former American position.
8:40 p.m. / Friday, July 10, 2009
For those of you who think that President Obama has Moroccan interests in mind, wake up. He supports socialism and radical Islam. The Polisario Front would not exist without Algeria and this will lead to war.
5:50 p.m. / Friday, July 10, 2009
It doesn't matter what Obama decides to do with the Polisario Issue, the Western Sahara is Moroccan and that's not negotiable. Obama has to be very carefull with this sensitive issue or he may end up loosing a great ally.
5:50 p.m. / Friday, July 10, 2009
If this is true, Obama needs to step down as president of the U.S. because he doesn't know what he is talking about. We'll see.
4:36 p.m. / Friday, July 10, 2009
The first thing to understand is that Polisario does not represente the Sahara. This group was created by the Algerians. The people in Tindouf were forced from their homes in 1975 by the Algerian army.
3:48 p.m. / Friday, July 10, 2009
I think if President Obama didn't mention the Moroccan autonomy initiative that is not meaning that he is against it. President Obama is a just and fair man. He will for sure support any political acceptable solution by the two parties in the UN context. The Western Sahara region issue is a very complex matter. It's a separatism case supported initially by the Soviet Union bloc and supported actually by the last socialist countries in the world (Algeria, Cuba, Venezuela).
Ahmed Salem Amr Khaddad
12:10 p.m. / Friday, July 10, 2009