By Rachid Khouya
By Rachid Khouya
Morocco World News
Smara, August 9, 2013
It seems a mystery to me why certain politicians who claim to be leftists and human rights activists seem to disappear from the political scene, instead choosing to engage in illicit activities and consume illicit substances only to come back into the political scene at what they perceive as the opportune moment.
These politicians tend to be self-directed and selfish, and do not worry about the citizenry, the king or the kingdom. Their lives seem to be directed by selfish objectives. They trick the citizenry, but it is time for the citizenry to stop being fooled.
These politicians use the woes and complaints of the people to give themselves a certain legitimacy as being the spokesmen of the people and as being human rights defenders to the nation to save it from corruption, injustice and poverty. But in reality they are themselves the seeds of these social, economic and political ills. The paradise they advertise for is but a hell for us all. Those who appear in moments of fire to pour gasoline on the flames instead of helping the firemen to extinguish the fire do not deserve to be called ‘social activists’ because they are only exacerbating a pre-existing problem.
We should not allow these individuals to destroy our national unity by giving them the opportunity to pretend to be heroes. Moroccans are not ignorant children to be politically abused and exploited. Most of these ‘leftists’ are against the notion of the kingdom and religion. Many believe in Marx as if he were a prophet and in Lenin and Gaddafi as heroes and representatives of the masses and the marginalized. They still want to achieve their dream of making Morocco a republic instead of a kingdom.
Let’s be frank; our country is not a utopia. It is a country that is full of corruption and injustices, although change and reform are advancing. But we should also understand that it is our responsibility as a nation and as a people to fight corruption within ourselves, our homes, our cities, and our administrations. We need a strong civil society that represents the real intentions and desires of the people. We need to get involved in this process of modernizing and democratizing our society.
Currently, there is a problem in the way our civil society works. Most of those working in civil society tend not to be good examples to follow. They seem to treat associations and non-governmental organizations as means to become wealthy. This is the centre of the crisis.
I think that Moroccans understand that our country is a beautiful and rich country that is led by corrupted politicians and activists. It is these corrupted individuals who are the source of our suffering. Moroccans do not have any problem with the king. We have problems with those who stand between us and the king. Yes, Moroccans have problems with those who call themselves representatives of the people and with those who are representatives of authority.
Thus, we should be careful with those who seemingly want to shed the blood of the people to save their own blood and their selfish interests. Morocco should not be a new Egypt and a new Syria though there are those who want us to be like them. So, do not believe the calls of revolution. Personally, I don’t.
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