In 1974 Spain began the process of decolonization in Western Sahara, an Arab country on the Atlantic coast of Africa,
promising it independence. Under pressure from the US, concerned about a left-leaning
independence movement, however, Spain bowed out of the question, allowing the Moroccan monarch to
invade and recolonize West Sahara. In violation of
international law, but with the strong support of the United States, Morocco has occupied
West Sahara for nearly thirty years,
and has the sardines to prove it.