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Rabat Regime and Western Sahara: The marketing of illusions (diasporasaharaui)

Invading the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara in 1975, just prior to that country’s scheduled independence, the Moroccan monarchy found both an outlet to externalize the stranglehold of its domestic legitimacy crisis, and a means to release itself from isolation. In light of this adventurous step, which – to a large extent – succeeded with the collaboration of the Spanish government, with the additional support of France and the United States, and the financing of Saudi Arabia, the Moroccan monarchy was able to overcome its internal crisis, as descendants of the Moroccan national parties viewed the invasion as an indication of the monarchy’s commitment to nationalism. This new approach was a catharsis to the monarchy, and marks the point when the marketing of illusions began in earnest.

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