To be sure, Kennedy's perspective on the conflict is informed by her concern about the human rights of Saharans. She has cited reports of abusive practices by Moroccan security forces. Yet the current reformer king has compensated the victims of police brutality and punished the police who violated the law. More importantly, the kingdom of Morocco has made a series of democratic constitutional reforms over the past decade. Opposition parties now control the government, Moroccan newspapers freely criticize the police and the new constitution has the strongest protections for women and religious minorities (including Jews) in the region. To pretend that Morocco is perfect would be a mistake, but so would pretending that there has no been significant progress.
Kennedy ignores such progress and, more tellingly, ignores the human rights abuses of the Polisario. This disturbing video (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kerry-kennedy/working-with-javier-barde_b_2616366.htmlhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/kerry-kennedy/working-with-javier-barde_b_2616366.html) documents what Kennedy would prefer not to see. It shows a young Polisario activist who has killed a Moroccan soldier, one of six slain in violent demonstrations by Polisario partisans in November 2010. Not content to have murdered the young private, the Polisario fighter urinates on his dead body. Are you proud of your new friends, Ms. Kennedy?
If the Polisario were to succeed in its territorial ambitions, its al Qaeda allies would have a safe haven on Africa's Atlantic shores. Kennedy could play a constructive role in forging peace and forestalling a terrorist takeover, but re-enacting Jane Fonda's role for this generation isn't it.
Richard Miniter (http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardminiter/),