posted on Dec, 1 2007 @ 05:51 AM
reply to post by Extralien
The thing is, over here in Morocco, the King has always decided who is innocent and who is guilty, more or less. There are tribunals, but everyone
knows they are rigged. My friend's father was executed because his ideas were different - he wasn't even political - he just opened his mouth too
often and talked about his travels in europe and american during a time when things were very closed and his view was making people open their minds
in ways that King Hassen II didn't like. So he basically got killed for being a law-abiding, free thinker.
The current king is trying to modernize Morocco, on every level, allying himself with the west--particularly America (and this is not very known)--and
there are radical reforms going on that make the old regime uncomfortable. there has been tremendous improvment in women's rights and other reforms
currently in progress. so things do seem to be changing for the better here - at least on the surface.
That said, there is a subliminal war going on here where traditional islamists (referred to as Al Qaida, but that is a fictitious group) are creating
lots of underground networks and movements with the intention of undermining the efforts at modernization and Western influence.
That is just my point of view. I am sure it is much more complicated than I could possibly know.
ps. As a side note, people here are fairly "apathetic" regarding politics, because there is no real political process, per se. Through a long
history of take overs of various regimes and influences, the average person has learned to keep their nose to the grindstone, mind their own business,
and focus on survival of their own family rather than getting involved in political intrigues that could end badly.
[edit on 1/12/07 by chutso_ha]