September 03, 2009
The Guide & The Advancing Libyan Relations
Having successfully pissed off the US and a decent portion of Western opinion, Al Jazeera English - Africa - Angered Rabat delegates quit Libya our fine leader of the Great Libyan Random Republic decided the Maghrebine donkey cart needed a wee bit of a jolt:
A Moroccan delegation has left Libya in protest over the invitation of members of a Western Sahara separtist movement to the 40th anniversary of the Libyan revolution, Moroccan officials have said.
The delegation, led by prime minister Abbas El Fassi, left the festivities on Wednesday after realising the president of the Polisario Front (SADR) and his delegation, which seek independence for the Western Sahara, were present, the Moroccan official news agency MAP said.
A contingent of the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces (FAR), which was supposed to take part in a military parade during the festivities, also cancelled its participation and left the place.
"The government of HM the king expresses its strong protest against this surprising attitude, while all assurances were given previously," an official statement by the Moroccan government said.
This, I confess, is moderately amusing. Frankly I think the Moroccans are being babies, but at least they're reasonably consistent in their policies and decisions. In contrast to the Libyans, where I can say from experience, one never quite knows exactly what a Libyan partner will actually do. Show for meeting? Maybe. Be prepared to follow an agreed contract? Well, so long as the Guide has not changed his mind, or if the camels weren't too grumpy. There is something deliciously random about Libya. Predictable in its unpredictability, perhaps. I am certain that in fact the Palace in Rabat did get assurances, but come on, They were Libyan assurances! Everyone knows what Libyan assurances are worth. Pissing off in a tiff... no panache in that.
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I like to describe Libyan foreign policy as "stream of consciousness."
Posted by: Kal at September 3, 2009 01:38 PM
I love that, a Stream of Consciousness.... I shall have to remember it.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at September 3, 2009 02:16 PM
Posted by: dubaiwalla at September 3, 2009 03:10 PM
I have to say, what he's trying to achieve escapes me. Na, I'm with the Moroccans here. Being babies as political posturing, yes, but that's the rule of the game. Pissing Westerners for the sake of pissing them buys you some popular buy in, as useless as it may be. Pissing the Moroccans in this case, just plain useless. Or just fun for Qaddafi. He sure must be some enfant terrible too.
Well,I agree they had a reason to be upset, but sticking it through would have had some style.
Ah, and the new news... must have a post on that.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at September 4, 2009 09:22 AM