We knew the Algerian regime and its old braids calcified in their hatred against Morocco. It was unknown that they had raised her in governance mode.
What has just happened to Algerian media coverage of the Moroccan exploit in Doha has caused enormous shock, even trauma in a region which was hoping for a wake-up call to put an end to this growing tension.
So the Algerian regime has given its well-considered directives to its media not to talk about what Morocco has just achieved… no positive note should filter from the official Algerian media on Morocco. This is the political directive sent from the office of Algerian President Abdelamajid Tebboune. Just that. A politically assumed gesture.
If this decision was made by any editor or even news group, it would hardly have raised a few frowns. These editorial choices would certainly have aroused some heartache, but never the level of state scandal that the relationship between Algeria and Morocco has just experienced on the occasion of this Qatar World Cup.
Because in the end, for Moroccans as for Algerians, it is state hatred that is at work. The Algerian power invites its citizens to knowingly nurture a particular hatred towards their Moroccan neighbors. Which is morally and politically reprehensible. In any case… inexcusable.
What is deeply shocking in the Algerian approach is that unless it feeds a heavy political weakness, the Algerian boycott of the Moroccan exploit does not alter its magnificence. It was spectacularly celebrated as it should be in all forums. Morocco’s image has been brilliantly polished.
This Algerian posture with regard to Morocco could, in the long term, only serve it despite the bad intentions clearly displayed by its authors. First by putting the Algerian opinion, mainly and naturally in support of Morocco as the Moroccans were when the Algerian team realized its African exploits, against the current of events and winds of general sympathy towards the Kingdom.
Then, the Algerian regime reveals to the eyes of the world which observes the evolution of relations between Rabat and Algiers, its true face of hatred that millions of euros in advertising campaigns, lobbying in international forums and activism in social networks , can never erase.
Quite the contrary, believing that it is mobilizing its opinion against Morocco, the Algerian regime is pulling itself out in terms of political communication, with two bullets in its knees. The boomerang effect is assured.
In the eyes of the international, European, African, Arab and American community, this regime is so rusty in its hatred against its Moroccan neighbor that it has been able to officially organize an incitement to hatred in violation of all the most fundamentals of international diplomacy.
With this sad event which has plunged Moroccans and Algerians into the greatest consternation and which has been greeted with disbelief elsewhere, the Algerian regime is showing, if still needed, that for it, the only possible way for the present and the future of this region, is the escalation of hatred. His recent propaganda around the Arab summit on the need to reunite the Arab ranks, which no one already took seriously, has just been shamefully invalidated.
Moreover, for the majority of Algerians who have had to comment on this policy of their government, whether they are part of the opposition or not, the feeling that dominates is precisely that of shame.
The shame of believing that such an action could change anything in the course of events in a hyper-connected world, the shame of showing that in the depths of the Algerian State, the only engine that works is that of hatred against Morocco, the shame of noting that this regime has no other ambitions for the region than to light the fires of discord and chaos.
For all those who still had a doubt about the vocation, even the pyromaniac impulse of the Algerian regime, the proof has just been given that the masters of Algiers have no other plans for the future of the peoples of the region. than tension and rupture.