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Saturday, May 08, 2004

 
What I would like...
Written by: Beck

Could someone please put together a quick case study of Morocco's handling of internal terrorist threats kindly? There is clearly a very interesting story to be told here, and no one is telling it. There was a terrorist attack in Casablanca about a year ago (May 16). 12 suicide bombers managed to kill themselves along with 33 innocent bystanders (Incidentally, that's a pretty terrible ratio. If you can't even accomplish a 3:1 victim:suicide bomber ratio, your religious movement has got some serious problems. I mean, hell, the Palestinian Hamas terrorist organization is so primitive they virtually have to use smoke signals to communicate, but even they manage to take out at least a half-dozen or so innocent victims per suicide. Just me guessing, but you get my point).

The question for those interested in the politics and dynamics of the War on Terror is, "How did the Moroccans react to this attack?" Apart from the fact that Morocco is perhaps the most US-friendly of predominantly Muslim nations, their reaction makes good fodder for comparison with the reactions of other nations to internal terrorist threats (Spain anyone?). We're glad you asked.
Moroccan courts convicted 700 people on various charges in connection with the attacks, handing down 17 death sentences. Laanigri said that "only a dozen dangerous elements" remain at large.
Here's some math for ya. 12 dead attackers + 33 victims = X. How do you know you're winning the war on terror? Well, a good benchmark would be when X = 17 death sentences + 700 arrested. That's a hell of a price to make terrorists pay to accomplish 33 murders. Long story short, I'm happy with what I'm hearing out of Morocco on this, but, as I began this whole rambling piece, it would be nice to see some sort of case study putting the whole thing in one big (and accurate) picture. After all, I'm not nearly as happy if I find out that of the 700 convicted criminals, 680 of them are innocent of any crime. For some strange reason, however, I'm inclined to think the Moroccans haven't put a whole hell of a lot of innocent people behind bars.


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