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Will our Moroccan Ambassador Protect Persecuted Christians?

Posted on July 25 2010 5:00 am
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Minneapolis lawyer Sam Kaplan — a DFL fundraiser extraordinaire — was a member of Barack Obama’s national campaign-finance committee. In 2009, Obama rewarded him by naming him ambassador to Morocco.

The exotic posting must have seemed a plum job. Morocco has been known as an oasis among Arab nations — largely free of the repression that mars so many other Muslim countries. It’s “the opportunity of a lifetime for a guy from Minnesota,” Kaplan enthused to the Star Tribune in April.

But since Kaplan’s arrival, Morocco has turned from a diplomatic dream job to a depressing despotic reality. Since March, it has expelled about 100 foreigners, including 50 U.S. citizens. Among the deportees were foster parents at an orphanage, businesspeople and aid workers who taught the poor to grow their own food.

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