Tebboune, the hater of Algiers!

From now on, the hatred expressed by Algerian President Abdelamajid Tebboune is more a matter of psychiatry than of politics or diplomacy.

With each media outing, as if by a reflex from Pavlov, A. Tebboune cannot prevent himself from pouring out his gall on Morocco. The most serious thing is that he seems to take an unhealthy pleasure in this operation, as if his hatred of Morocco was a constituent part of his political personality.

His last interview with the newspaper Le Figaro was no exception to the rule. Tebboune hates Morocco and Moroccans and wants it widely known.

First on the Algerian scale where he presents his hatred of Morocco as a national outlet. Never with Tebboune’s predecessors, be it the long reign of Abdelaziz Bouteflika or other presidents, beginning with Houari Boumediène, passing through Liamine Zeroual or Chadli Benjdid, had hatred against Morocco reached such paroxysmal levels like those proudly worn over the shoulder by President Tebboune.

For him and for the supporters of this doctrine, behind all the Algerian failures, they see the underhanded influence of Morocco. And many of them see the bankruptcy of their State which means that in an oil and gas country, citizens are forced to queue at five o’clock in the morning to obtain a carton of milk, a result of an obscure plot hatched by the Morocco.

Moreover, weren’t irrational accusations launched by the Algerian regime against Morocco of having provoked the arson attacks in Kabylia, of financing all the Algerian opposition movements, of being behind all the trafficking of drugs and the pedophile networks that are active in Algeria?

This posture of the ideal scapegoat embodied by Morocco saves the slightest questioning of the structural incompetence of the Algerian authorities. Especially since the political watchword in Algeria is the dream of getting rid of the military regime and dreaming aloud of a civilian power. An external enemy is ideal for justifying their own failures and continuing to wield power almost with impunity.

Then there is the regional and international scale. There is a form of obsessive obsession in spectacularly exhibiting all possible mediations to reconcile the two countries. Abdelamajid Tebboune, the hater of Algiers, gives the false impression that Morocco is in a frantic search for mediation with the Algerian regime. The political reality is quite different. The one who most needs mediation is the one who took the decision to cut diplomatic relations and close the airspace between the two countries participating in an increasingly costly isolation of Algeria.

Even when the strategic decision to close the Maghreb gas pipeline was taken by Algiers, the clearly stated goal was to provoke an economic and social crisis in Morocco. But the opposite effect has occurred. Not only has the Moroccan economy been able to resist to the point of quickly finding an alternative to Algerian gas, but the boomerang effect has deprived the Algerian coffers of many resources due to the rise in energy prices caused by the war between Russia and Ukraine.

But what underlines this annealed hatred against Morocco in President Tebboune is when he runs out of arguments, he evokes incidents that date from the 1960s to explain the ruptures of today. This language does not speak to today’s generations and has no other objective than to give a raison d’être to this hatred against Moroccans, which has become over the years Tebboune a mode of governance.

This obsessive fixation on Morocco openly contradicts the benevolent attitude towards France, a former colonial power. Tebboune is ready for total amnesia with regard to the crimes of colonization but dwells on unlikely incidents with Morocco in the 1960s to explain his hateful reflexes towards Moroccans.

It is surprising for all observers of the relationship between Algeria and Morocco to see that Tebboune closes hermetically to any possibility of normalizing its relations with Morocco.

But between States, there is neither friendship nor eternal animosity. There are only interests. And the interests of the Algerian regime of the moment seem to feed the mythology of the external enemy, with a suicidal “whatever it takes” political theory to the point of justifying the severance of diplomatic relations as an alternative to war.

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