- HASSAN MASIKY
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The large number of Moroccan citizens and the degree of anger exhibited by so many of them are indications of the coming of tense, dangerous, and possibly violent relations between Rabat and Madrid. Moroccans are well aware of the fact that Spain's Partido Popular will lead the new government after next elections. Memories of the military confrontation between Morocco and Spain over the Moroccan Island of Laila are still fresh in the minds of Moroccans. For the average Moroccan, the Partido Popular and its former leader José Maria Aznar are the enemy . Adding an islamic religious flavor to the Moroccan anti-Partido Popular positions mixed with the spanish political party’s strong catholic background make for an explosive mix that will add another flashpoint between the christian Wester and the Muslim World.
While the atmosphere of the march was serene and peaceful, the thousands of Moroccan men and women holding anti Partido Popular signs were genuinely angry and furious with the Spaniards hostile and hateful attitude. The march was called by the Moroccan political parties and technically endorsed by the Moroccan authorities. However, the fury is popular, real and deeply felt by regular folks.
The potential of having a similar march in Northern Morocco not far from the Spanish borders with a real possibility of taking a million Moroccan to the doors of the Spanish occupied cities of Ceuta and Melilla can turn the confrontations between Morocco and Spain more serious with far reaching implications .
The Partido Popular’s explicit attacks against Morocco will be used by AQIM and other violent groups. Previous statements by AL QAEDA leaders advocating for the return of an Islamic emirate to al Andalous ( referring to part of southern Spain) is a sign that extremists will use the Partido Popular’s anti-Morocco campaign for their own purposes. Rabat’s anger towards the Partido Popular and the Spanish press is likely to affect the stability in the entire region.
This demonstration is a first shot by the Moroccans toward the Partido Popular. The Moroccan government, well aware of the fact that the Partido Popular will take charge in Madrid soon, is sending warning shots. Under a PP government, Spain's Strategic interests with Morocco are at risk.