Morocco: A Potentate with Potential

King Hassan II likes to tell his visitors that Morocco is "a rich country where the people are poor." He proved his point last week when he arrived in the U.S. to ask for aid. Accompanying him aboard the Italian liner Raffaello, which had made a special stop in Casablanca to pick him up, was a 136-member party that included five princes, two princesses, nine Cabinet ministers, two generals, nine lance bearers in orange capes, his court physician, a maitre d'hótel, the royal chef, four cooks and a white-jelabbed servant whose only duty is to brew the kingly coffee.

If Hassan...

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