The Oct. 14 front-page article "Moroccans Gain Prominence in Terror Groups" was a sad commentary on how badly Muslim leaders, particularly Arab rulers, have strayed from the fundamental teachings of Islam.

In Morocco the king built a showcase mosque at a cost of more than $1.5 billion and has a fleet of private aircraft, as well as several palaces. At the same time, the unemployment rate in the shantytowns of Casablanca and other Moroccan cities is more than 25 percent; 14th-century housing and inadequate sanitary facilities are common.

Technology and communications have transformed the universe into a global village and revolutionized expectations. The young, particularly, do not want to spend their lives dreaming about rewards in heaven; they want to share the bounty of this world promised to them by the Koran and the Prophet.

This desire can take a radical turn in countries such as Morocco when young people see all that their rulers enjoy while they and their families have so little. These young people also start hating the United States because they feel their rulers have U.S. protection. Morocco needs to change its allocation of resources.




The Oct. 14 story on Morocco said, "Vandalism against restaurants that serve alcohol and against hotels that cater to foreigners is not uncommon," but it provided no statistics from either the Moroccan government or independent sources. It is hard to believe that such incidents are common when millions of tourists, mostly from Europe, visit Morocco every year.

The reporter also brought up a 1994 attack that occurred in Marrakech and insinuated that it was carried out by locals. But police concluded a long time ago that the attack -- one of the very few armed attacks in modern Moroccan history -- was carried out by foreign nationals.