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Morocco and the 2022 Hypocrisy Award – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. on January 2, 2023

… in a $97 million dollar contract being paid for by the US and the Netherlands.

https://original.antiwar.com/Ted_Snider/2023/01/01/morocco-and-the-2022-hypocrisy-award/

by Ted Snider

Morocco has reportedly broken its neutrality in the Russia-Ukraine war by becoming the first African country to provide military assistance to Ukraine.

Though Morocco has not officially confirmed the transaction, they have reportedly agreed to provide 90 T-72 tanks as well as spare parts to Ukraine in a $97 million dollar contract being paid for by the US and the Netherlands.

The transfer of the tanks was reportedly requested by the US. African media opted for the stronger description that Morocco “has apparently succumbed to pressures from the United States,” explaining that “The United States has secretly convince Morocco to deliver modernized T-72B tanks, and spare parts to Kiev.” Le Journal L’Afrique says “In the greatest secrecy, [the US] managed to convince Rabat to deliver spare parts for T-72 armored vehicles to Kyiv.”

The US considers Morocco a major strategic ally and has reportedly “exerted pressure on Morocco to adopt a clear position on the conflict and to take a side.” In April, Morocco accepted a US invitation to attend a 43 nation high-level military summit on how more support can be given to Ukraine.

The US and Europe are having an increasingly difficult time coming up with weapons and ammunition to supply Ukraine. General Valery Zaluzhny, the head of the Ukrainian armed forces, recently told The Economist that the British Chief of Defense told him that Europe “will have nothing to live on if you fire that many shells.” So, they have looked elsewhere.

It is hard not to see Morocco’s hypocrisy. They are arming Ukraine to defend the principle that one nation cannot invade another and annex territory: precisely what Morocco has done.

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Ted Snider has a graduate degree in philosophy and writes on analyzing patterns in US foreign policy and history.

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