Friday, April 13, 2007

What's a Polisario? (Part 5)

But, it seems that ICCAS has no interest in knowing what the Polisario Front really is: a movement for self-determination and independence. Instead they want to simply label them as terrorists along side with the Cuban government. Unfortunately, without interest in the facts, ICCAS's sources seem to contradict each other.

Polisario doesn't share any ideological beliefs with Al-Qaeda groups at all. The ICCAS report specifically repeats Moroccan government allegations of a link between Polisario and a group called the GSPC (The Salafist Groups for Call and Combat). According to the SITE Institute, the GSPC, who now go by the name of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, originate from a "group of veteran Algerian fighters from the civil war [of 1992]." Their main target is Algeria, and "disenfranchised Algerian youth in Europe's cities, especially in France." The West and European cities have been additionally targeted. The new Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has clearly stated:

"As for the evil alliance that is led by America militarily, by France culturally, and backed by NATO, the joining of Algeria [alongside it] and the deceleration of allegiance to you [Osama bin Laden] has become a lump in their throats and heartache in their chests."

Why would the Polisario Front unite with a group that attacks Algeria? According to the Moroccan American Center for Policy, "[t]oday, Algeria is the primary financial, political and military supporter of the Polisario Front." Obviously, the facts about the GSPC don't really matter to the Moroccan government and ICCAS. Both groups are merely trying to discredit the Polisario Front and its Cuban connection through false allegations.

Nevertheless, there are some who are committed to such behavior, and they are very powerful people in Miami.

[Part 6]

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