MOROCCO: The Disenchanted

When the French deposed Morocco's Sultan Sidi Mohammed ben Youssef in 1953, the rulers of adjoining Spanish Morocco could not control their gloating satisfaction. Posing as champions of the Arab world, they declared the deposition "illegal," welcomed Moroccan nationalists from the French zone, closed their eyes to guerrilla raids on the French zone from hideouts in the Rif Mountains. Theoretically, both Moroccos are one country under the Sultan, and Spain has always resented that she holds her zone only as a sort of sublet from the French. If it were not for those nasty French, the Spanish implied broadly,...

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