By Youssef Sourgo
Morocco World News
Casablanca, July 26, 2013
Algerian officials and media outlets have recently fired a number of vehement allegations at Morocco, accusing the kingdom, and HM King Mohammed VI, of strategically targeting Algerian youth by flooding Algeria with Moroccan-made Hashish, and of clogging Algerian economy by “pumping its fuel.”
According to online news outlet Almoustakil, Algerian Mohammed Safahi, vice-president of the Communal Council in Tlemcen, addressed an open letter to HM King Mohammed VI, in which he states:
“Your Majesty, you the so-called commander of the faithful, stop flooding Arab and Muslim nations, from Mauritania and Algeria to Tunisia and Egypt, with tons of Hashish…which is planted and harvested in your kingdom and with your consent. It is against Islamic principles and against the good neighboring values that you start this war against Algeria for political ends and because of diplomatic positions that Algeria has made crystal clear concerning the opening of frontiers between our nations and the Sahara issue.”
According to the same source, this Algerian condemnatory message has allegedly come as a response to a controversial message previously addressed by Moroccan Salafist Sheikh, Mohammed El Fizazi, to the Algerian head of State, Abdel Aziz Boutaflika.
Mohammed Safahi, the Algerian official who addressed this message to HM the King, is also suspected to be “a mere political puppet in a bigger political agenda tailored by Algeria in a cold war against Morocco.”
While Safahi accused Morocco of purposefully targeting Algerian youth by “injecting destructive poisons in their veins,” some Algerian outlets leveled abrupt allegations at the kingdom that seem to flow in parallel with those of Safahi.
Algerian daily newspaper L’Expressiondz titled one of its article published today, “It floods Algeria with its drugs and pumps its fuel up,” referring to Morocco. According to the Algerian newspaper, Morocco has been “illegally trading in Algerian fuel unmindful of the severe economic damages it causes to Algeria.”
In the article, the author also establishes a blurry link between Moroccan-Algerian relations and Moroccan Sahara issue and a so-called “Moroccan goal-directed strategic attack at Algerian social fabric and economic prosperity. The article also claims the damage the Algerian economy has faced because of alleged “Moroccan illegal trade” is estimated at 1 billion Euros.
While similar allegations continue to surface on the front pages of Algerian news outlets, changing alleged statistics of damage and loss recorded in Algerian economy, analyses of these allegations pinpoint a suspicious consistency that proves that accusations seem to come from one source and are targeting the same end.
It is also believed that the fact these Algerian allegations abruptly surfaced simultaneously is nothing less “than a strategic attack targeting Moroccan political stability amidst the tense political mutations now characterizing the region.”
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