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Dear NYT, Thank you!

Dear NYT,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for publishing the Op-ed Hail the Democratic King. What warm show of support towards the historic accomplishment of my country! Thank you for insisting that we are an exception where almost 100% of us agree to vote Yes on a gifted Constitution. I bet that makes your democrats bitterly jealous… How hard was it to swallow Al Gore’s defeat even when he won the popular vote! I know, I shouldn’t have reminded you… what a painful souvenir…I bet you wished you lived in Morocco, when Bush won yet again against Kerry 50.7% to 48.3% and sent your country down with the worst financial crisis of our time. Man, why does your country have such a hard time surpassing the one digit vote margin? I bet you wish you didn’t have to waste those millions in campaigns and lobbying in this kind of democracy where you have to work really hard to get popular support and votes.

See in Morocco, it’s pretty simple. Why would anyone ask for less than 100% agreement? Some say that with 43 % illiteracy and high poverty it’s easy to grease the voting machine and lure people into voting yes. Some even pretend that street children and baltajiya were paid to harass protesters…Nonsense! It’s all propaganda…

NYT, I really respect your news. But your excellent opinion choice this time surpassed my expectations. So, please let me thank you. Sorry that your country had to spend so much money counting and recounting those ballots in Florida! How insensitive of me to remind you… It’s just that in Morocco, if you don’t feel like counting the votes, why bother? You can objectively assume that at the end the result will be around 98% so just pick a number between 96% and 100%, the margin of error is close to null.

It’s Morocco and we have agreed to agree. Yes, please do call it “cultural relativism” we practice democracy differently.  After all we are Arabs and Muslims, what do we know about your democracy?  And those guys out there still protesting? They’re just a bunch of crazy kids. You know the youth…they go through a phase, many of them get on small boats at night to illegally cross to Spain, it’s called being young. Or maybe it’s drugs?

It’s all good in our country, and please do me a last favor, stick to your story, and forget about the facts that I mentioned above about illiteracy, poverty, and street children…

By the way: We’ve also got great surf and exotic food in Morocco….want to switch places?

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Discussion

12 thoughts on “Dear NYT, Thank you!

  1. Whomever wrote that, thanks a million! Ohhhh, feels so good!!

    To the NYT guys, who may not understand the sarcasm (they don’t seem really smart, do they):

    BOTTOM LINE: HAVING A REFERENDUM WON BY A 98.5% MARGIN IS EVIDENT, MASSIVE FRAUD–this, if anything else, is enough to cast a HUGE shadow of doubt over the good intentions of this “democratic king” you fantasize about.

    Now if you still want to consider Morocco the “one democratic exception in the Arab world”, it means that you’re ready to turn utterly dumb for the sake of this stupid, obsessional “good story” of yours: the gooood Mohammed VI vs. the baaaaad Kadhafi…

    Yeah right, unlike Libyans, Moroccans are not slaughtered in the streets. Well, you know what? They’re ungrateful enough to still claim democracy. And guess what: outrageously rigging a vote is not exactly democracy. Or is it the best we stupid Arabs can pretend to?

    Posted by Frustrated Moroccan | July 13, 2011, 3:19 pm
  2. The author of this post does not seem to understand what an Op Ed is. It is not an opinion of the new York times. They just published an opinion submitted to them by an outside writer ( In this case, Ahmed Charai, a regime apologist). It is just basically a long letter to the editor.
    An op Ed is not an editorial and should not be confused as such. If it was an editorial, that’s s different story.
    Here we have some not so bright person and the MAP thinking that it is a ringing endorsement of the Moroccan regime by the NY Times.
    If I can toads some time, I will write a response ( it will definetely be a strong rebuke) to the op Ed that the NY times will certainly publish (Good American journalism etiquette allows for a response to an op eds) we will see if MAP will report it.
    By the way, the piece of shit above was not published in the times.

    Posted by Fouad Nassiri | July 13, 2011, 10:30 pm
  3. The author of this post does not seem to understand what an Op Ed is. It is not an opinion of the new York times. They just published an opinion submitted to them by an outside writer ( In this case, Ahmed Charai, a regime apologist). It is just basically a long letter to the editor.
    An op Ed is not an editorial and should not be confused as such. If it was an editorial, that’s a different story.
    Here we have some not so bright person and the MAP thinking that it is a ringing endorsement of the Moroccan regime by the NY Times.
    If I can toads some time, I will write a response ( it will definetely be a strong rebuke) to the op Ed that the NY times will certainly publish (Good American journalism etiquette allows for a response to an op eds) we will see if MAP will report it.
    By the way, the piece of shit above was not published in the times.

    Posted by Fouad Nassiri | July 13, 2011, 10:31 pm
  4. The author of this post KNOWS exactly and perfectly what an Op Ed is…and the NYT doesn’t publish ANY opinion…they have an editorial line…unless it is the president or some high profile personality, NYT will not promote right wing ideas for instance…as it is a progressive paper. If you can toad some time, let’s see what kind of sh.t you will come up with…Just from your comment, it already stinks!

    Posted by M4C | July 14, 2011, 1:25 am
  5. Papers make the call on which Oped they want to publish, it’s not as innocent as you make it sound Fouad. The article above, which I find terrific, starts with thank you for “publishing the Oped” as in “thank you for disseminating these ideas” it says it all.

    Posted by Laila | July 14, 2011, 1:47 am
  6. Nous n’allons pas en vouloir au NYT parce que nous croyons et nous vénérons
    la liberté d’expression quand bien meme nos adversaires l’emploient dans le but
    de faire de la propagande. Mais espérons qu’il fait de meme
    que le journal Le Monde quand il ouvre ses colonnes à des opinions
    contradictoires. Souhaitons donc que le NYT publiera prochainement un article
    aux antipodes de celui du Binome Charai-Braude.

    Il ne faut pas oublier une chose : le mouvoir est dans une phase de Marketing-service
    après vente où il loue les bienfaits démocratiques de la nouvelle constitution
    à la galerie nommée : la commuanuté internationale alors tous les moyens sont bons
    pour lui.

    Bravo à M4C pour ses perles comme :

    It’s Morocco and we have agreed to agree. Yes, please do call it “cultural relativism” we practice democracy differently

    Big up to M20F

    Posted by dima | July 14, 2011, 4:56 am
  7. Thank you Dima, M4C did not resort to a letter to the editor, instead it opted for sarcasm…it’s funny, but it doesn’t work for everyone. A good sense of humor is key to understanding the thank you note…It seems that you have a good dose of it 🙂

    Posted by M4C | July 14, 2011, 10:11 pm
  8. @Frustrated Moroccan: You are really frustrated! 🙂 Don’t thank M4C… thank the NYT 🙂 !

    Posted by M4C | July 14, 2011, 10:13 pm
  9. Right on!

    Posted by cevon | July 20, 2011, 10:45 pm
  10. Who reads the NYT anyway? I personally don’t. Whatever they publish, it’s their business.
    The MAP’s business is always to find articles like this one and use it as if it represented the opinion of the majority of Americans. Most US citizens don’t even know where Morocco is, and they couldn’t care less about our degenerate king and his middle ages system of governance. It’s when we start valuing this kind of crap OpEd that it becomes important.

    Posted by mouka | July 24, 2011, 7:07 pm
  11. NYT is nothing but a propaganda paper. WSJ used to be a good paper before Murdoch took over it. I think that Morocco has enough educated people to judge the situation of that country. Why do they need to always use the foreighners as reference. Why does it matter what they think of that country. Moroccans know better than anybody else what is happening in their own patry. They don’t need to watch CNN to know that food got vey expensive there…

    Posted by Ben | July 29, 2011, 12:15 pm

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