The advent of the new Monarch in Morocco has raised a lot of hopes in the future; maybe too much. But the dreams and illusions have been terribly dashed after two electoral shams in 2002 and 2007. Many Moroccans (especially the young) may have lost hope in changing the system in an evolutionary way (from the inside, by participating in the political system and by using the institutions available.) This helpless situation may have led some to contemplate or consider a “revolutionary option”…
That was the question I e-mailed to today’s Riz Khan show on Aljazeera which was hosting Prince Hicham (thanks Amine for the tip!):
An enlightened evolution toward democracy is always a safer option than a headstrong revolution stemming from despondency and which often gets out of hand and yields undesirable and unpredictable results. But the danger of not having alternatives and languishing in a continuous state of political, economic, cultural and social sclerosis is to constrain the more desperate and destitute people to extremist solutions. Some may very well consider revolutionary rather than evolutionary options taking the risk of embarking the country on the unknown.
That was in substance the answer of Prince Hicham to which I adhere.
The “Red Prince” as he’s often labeled hinted at the antagonistic relationship he still has with his cousin the King, reiterated his views on the Moroccan monarchy and commented on the latest legislative elections. He answered further viewers’ questions emphasising the need for a fundamental change in the way the power in wielded in Morocco (and beyond… throughout the Arab world.)
(look up for the video here)