by Alif Daoud
As the fame of Christopher Ross recedes, speculations on his deeds grow; and for bad reason. A cursory look at his start-of-office stats impress the casual observer, just to name few: slow actions, informal rounds of negotiations, hosting remote island. More detailed analysis reveals a contradiction: Ross's initiatives had little to do with the settlement Plan, and his policies started the Western Sahara question on its road to eventual political stress and set the stage for an everlasting stalemate.
Ross failed to sustain the momentum for the process initiated in the 1990s and he added more technical and political barriers than any envoy since Mans. Ross showed scant regard to his predecessors, wreaked havoc in the with original plan and left the helpless Saharawis emasculated and vulnerable.
And now we come to the most often cited lack of success of Ross's policies: Administrative stamina and History. Ross seems quiet clueless regarding the history of the region despite serving ten years as ambassador in the neighbouring Algeria. Just because, likewise American diplomats who base their thinking on relics of the cold war- after engaging in counterproductive conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, and creating havoc in Nicaragua, Somalia, Caribbean Islands, Central America, and a host of other places by supporting unpopular leaders and governments- and in a tendentious reading of history they are headed towards jockeying to save their ally kingdom of Morocco.
Although Ross policies can be shaped so that Morocco becomes a constitutional monarchy and a force for peace, the present trajectory of his plans and policies tends towards another counterproductive and destructive engagement. In its descriptions of what constitutes a malevolent movements, the U.S. State Department defines itself. By demolishing the myths that U.S. governments dramatize, we can more clearly observe a path for peace and stability in the Maghreb and a just solution to Western Sahara Conflict.
We came to the conclusion that it was not very reliable to put so much weight on the
American approach to the Western Sahara issue.
Ross egregious blunders and missteps are lamentable and the Saharawis scruples are understandable. With no solution insight, my expectations and those of my children are dashed. Ross sank our dream.
The day Ross and his ideas will be consigned to the ash heap of history will come.
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