Morocco, Land of the Free
I was talking to a shopkeeper in Marrakech. Since his shop is in a former Jewish quarter of the city, talk turned to the current influx of Moroccan Jews and other Europeans into the madinas of Morocco. "Why are they coming back?" I asked. Here are his answers:
1. Many of those who went to Europe and America found it hard to live there--high taxes and not many business opportunities.
2. Those who went to Israel met with discrimination, because they were Sephardic Arabic-speakers.
3. Moreover, those in Israel are under daily threat from terrorism. They could be blown up at any time.
So why do they come to Morocco? Taxes are relatively low, the business climate is favorable, and it's a free, peaceful, and secure society.
Meanwhile, I have to wonder how free, peaceful, and secure America is when I read such a story as this, in which a naval veteran arrested for wearing the wrong kind of T-shirt to a Chicago VA medical center.