Monday, May 14, 2007
Sleeping under a Paper Moon: My letter in the Washington Times
The Washington Times has, for a currently unexplained reason, a love for all things Moroccan and occupation-y. It came as no surprise, then, when the paper that Reverend Moon built called on Polisario and Algeria to stop their silly self-determination racket and submit to autonomy.
The editorial praises the letter signed by congressmen supporting the autonomy plan, but failed to mention the anti-autonomy letter that also earned congressional support.
It also failed to mention Polisario's proposal, and ignored the negotiating trap Polisario would fall into by meeting Morocco about autonomy: "The Polisario now needs to be convinced that the interest of the Sahrawi people is served by negotiating an autonomy agreement, and Algeria needs to understand that its role in the Maghreb should be cooperative, not hegemonic."
It seems like invading another country is more of a grab at hegemony than supporting a government-in-exile and its accompanying refugees, but that's a trifling disagreement compared with the larger autonomy plan.
I'd had enough of the alliance between the cult of Greater Morocco and the cult of the Unification Church, so I sent a letter to the Times (CTRL-F Western Sahara to find it). I appreciate that they gave me a chance to support Western Sahara through their newspaper. Ameur Betka, the Algerian embassy's press officer in Washington, also had a letter about Western Sahara published. I liked his, but thought mine was punchier.
Frank "Slick" Ruddy also made an appearance in last week's Times. Check out their coverage of his appearance before Congress.
Incidentally, I got the "Paper Moon" joke from the reliably awesome Christopher Hitchens.