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Mohammed VI and the Choice Facing Islam

Paul J. Bonicelli

King Mohammed VI of Morocco has done his countrymen, his co-religionists, and the world a favor with his recent speech on the 63rd anniversary of the “Revolution of the King and the People.” During what is normally an annual event unlikely to garner much attention outside the kingdom or the region, the king took a risk by articulating in no uncertain terms what he thought of jihadists who use Islam as a pretext for murder and terrorism. It is a shame the speech has received little attention in the Western media.

The king opened his remarks with what one might expect from the ruler of a former European colony still struggling to develop. He talked much of the importance of Africa and his nation’s concern for its neighbors, and he places the blame for Africa’s problems on the misdeeds of the colonial powers.

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