- MOHAMED BRAHIMI
There has been a lot of talk about revolution lately. And that’s very normal considering the fact that this latter is always considered a radical choice for political and social and economic changes by political romantics all over the world.
Boston / Morocco Board News---- As I jot these words down, there are massive on going demonstrations in the state of Wisconsin where state employees have taken to the streets protesting the state’s decision to axe collective bargaining. On a separate note there is a acrimonious public debate about the legitimacy of the proposed February 20th Protest that were called by a group of young activist.
The group that have come out railing about this protest often invoke JFK’s famous quote on how one should ask to do for their country. I guess according to this flawed understanding of JFK’s, Wisconsin state workers and their labor unions should have no right to demonstrate. They should instead be content and ask NOT what their country can do for them. JFK must be spinning in his grave for the fraudulent use and the intentional hijacking of his words.
What’s really disingenuous and repulsive is that given that all public forums are being monitored, a lot of people have either decided to remain silent for fear of reprisal or come out in support of the status quo. Thus unabashedly participating in the silly masquerade of calling things by their pretty euphemistic names
Let the record show that those who object to the 20th PEACEFUL demonstration based on no intellectual merits are giving a ringing endorsement to:
Lack of Meritocracy
Lack of opportunity for those who happen to be of the “wrong” pedigree and family lineage
Erosion of accountability
These sorry attempts at aborting a PEACEFUL demonstration are truly sickening. They are straight out of Carl Rove’s playbook of deceit. I, as Moroccan American Muslim have suffered tremendously from the constant onslaught of demonization. I was made to feel less of a citizen and my neighbors were tacitly and sometimes overtly told not to trust me and treat me as enemy who is determined to cause harm. I suffered from the incriminating looks of self appointed vigilante who foreclosed on my right to speak mainly because of my name and the because of the God that I choose to worship.
This is exactly what is happening to the youth that is planning this demonstration. Their photos have been doctored. They have been called every vile name that is likely to appeal to the average citizen. I know, as a Moroccan that nothing is more galvanizes than my country’s territorial integrity. I stand committed to Morocco’s just fight for its territories including those in the north. And I can see how some people would be easily swayed against this movement if its leaders were presented as enemies of Morocco most leading issue. I, however, did not think that showing someone in a Christian church should make me think any less of that person. I know that Morocco is the crucible of all civilization and whoever tampered with that particular photograph did it in poor taste, very poor taste. Is this who we have become as a nation? No!!! This is the fringe element in our society rearing its ugly head again. This is the element of alienation and exclusion that has no place in our society.
The swear campaign and this systematic defamation, the deliberate character assassinations are but a embarrassing attempt to discredit this movement and abort its effort before it even sees the light of day.
The scoffing, the degradation, the ridicule, the distortion and misrepresentation, and the mocking are all but below the belt cheap shots, that are only going to expose those who claim to tolerate competing perspectives. However, when faced with the bitter reality of these perspectives, very few stand their grounds. Unfortunately, many tend to jump camp or even worse cower up in the shadows and wait until the dust settles before they come out with a new formulated position that is usually aligned with that of the victor. I am sad to say that the latter has often been the nauseating position of most of our so called intellectuals.
Those of you who are of the opinion that things couldn’t be any better in Morocco are certainly suffering from an acute social pathology I call the luxury of distance. Distance from the pains experienced by those who get clubbed by riot police when they dare ask for dignity and basic economic right.
As a victim of Carl Rove and his ilk, and someone who knows firsthand how it feels to be made out to be the villain, the wicked, the guilty by association, the unworthy, the unpatriotic, and the ingrate, I throw my unequivocal support behind anyone who feels that he and his cohort are being wronged by the system. I give my unrestricted endorsement to anyone who has a grievance to air out.
A couple of years ago we invited Noam Chomsky to speak to members of local community and one of the attendees asked him about how he feels given all the nasty insults that the Zionists machine labels him with. Mr. Chomsky, a frail body and a sharp mind answered:” I am not much of a religious person, but I now feel how prophets used to feel given that all of them have brought nothing popular and everything controversial to the table”
I can’t in good conscious praise Mr. Chomsky for leading the good fight against the Zionism and Imperialism, and at the same time deny these youth their unalienable right to free, unfettered expression of their vision of good governance and decent life.
As for those who try in vain to decontextualize JFK’s words, I say that indeed, the protesters are heeding JFK’s call. Indeed, they asking and demanding what they can do for their country. They are not asking for a hand out, they are out demonstrating for charity. They are motivated by the desire to do something fro their country and there is nothing more noble than aspiring to eradicate dishonesty, fraud, corruption and everything else that is plaguing Morocco and holding it back from being the best country in the world for it does have the potential to be so.
Mr. Mohamed Brahimi studied Organizational Management, and then Journalism from Suffolk University in Boston, He has a graduate Degree in Political science. Mr. Brahimi is currently working for Harvard University as an associate researcher. He is a founder of the Arabic- English “Al Arab News” newspaper that caters to Muslims and propagates the importance of civic engagement. He is also the founder of The Moroccan American Civic and Cultural Association, a not for profit organization that emphasizes the importance of Volunteerism and the quest to reach the level of mainstream society. Mr. Brahimi also serves as a Board Director in one of Massachusetts largest cap agencies whose mission is to fight poverty and homelessness and to empower minority groups