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Horses of God
Please enter a valid password. Keep me logged in. Try Independent Premium free for 1 month See the options. Of course, poverty is a fertile ground for that, but I guess what I felt was most evident when I spent some time in the shanty town is that those people felt totally abandoned. Those young boys, it's like they're cut off, cut off from the rest of the society.
The family doesn't play its part anymore. There is no father authority. There is no family structure around them to give them care, love and authority.
And the State doesn't play its part anymore, either. So when those fanatic people come to them and tell them they have a future, even if this future isn't bright, even if this future is to become a martyr, they jump into it because the fruit is already mature. The imam in Horses of God reminds me of American cult leaders. He isolates the people who do have relatives from them and keeps them away from outside influences that could contradict his teachings.
I'm sure you can find lots of similarities, yes, because the process is always the same. Wherever you go and wherever you come from, you can find similarities between extremists from different religions, and you can find similarities with the process of the Mafia. In that case it's more like the Mafia because these people don't really have any "glue" with religion at all. The process is indeed to exclude, to make those young boys alone, to cut them off from their friends, their relations and everybody who could give them some light, actually.
Horses Of God / The Dissolve
What's really sad is that until May 16, , Casablanca had been a refuge for people who had to flee persecution in their native countries. For a very long time, Morocco has been a land for many religions, many cultures, many citizenships. The Moroccan identity built itself on diversity of races and religions and on tolerance. We had first the Berber people and then the Jews and then the Arabs and then Christians and then the Africans. This is the Moroccans. It's a mosaic of many people and races.
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