New York - Whether you read an essay or news story written by people who sympathize with the Polisario or you discuss with someone who supports its narrative, you will always come across the same arguments: Morocco is illegally occupying the Sahara since 1975 and is, thus, depriving the Saharawi people of the right to self-determination and self-rule; the Polisario is the sole and legitimate representative of the Saharawis and is fighting for their independence and Algeria supports the Polisario because the principle of self-determination is one of the tenets of its foreign policy.

Samir Bennis is a political analyst.