Published on Monday, April 5, 2010 by Foreign Policy in Focus
In yet another assault on fundamental principles of international law, a bipartisan majority of the Senate has gone on record calling on the
More disturbingly, this effort appears to have the support of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), head of the Senate Intelligence Committee and principal author of the recent Senate letter  supporting Moroccan aggrandizement, claims  that the two "are on the same wavelength" on the issue.
The letter, signed by 54 senators, insists that the
How Much "Autonomy"?
The autonomy plan is based on the assumption that Western Sahara is part of
If the people of
International law aside, there are a number of practical concerns regarding the Moroccan proposal. For instance, centralized autocratic states have rarely respected the autonomy of regional jurisdictions, which has often led to violent conflict. In 1952, the UN granted the British protectorate of
Moreover, the Senate-backed Moroccan proposal contains no enforcement mechanisms.
In any case, the people of
That did not stop
The Senate Letter
There has long been concern that
The letter's signatories included 24 Republicans, including ranking Intelligence Committee member Kit Bond (R-MO), Assistant Minority Leader Jon Kyl (R-AZ), and John McCain (R-AZ). There were also 30 Democratic signatories of the letter, including such erstwhile liberals as Ron Wyden (D-OR), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Mark Udall (D-CO). Not surprisingly, most of the signers have also gone on record defending
Stephen Zunes, a Foreign Policy in Focus senior analyst, is a professor of Politics and chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the
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