Western Sahara archaeologist Nick Brooks, if you remember, has posted this in an old debate thread. Fearing that people will miss it over there -- and partly because I'm so helpful and kind, partly because his observations are really interesting -- I've plucked most of it out of the comments space and put it up here instead. Feel free to discuss his conclusions, either here or over at Sand & Dust.
I've met plenty of exiled Sahrawi in the camps and in the Free Zone and, while I can't (and won't) speak for them all, every one of the Sahrawi that I've met has seemed genuinely and enthusiastically in favour of an independent Western Sahara free from Moroccan control. And a lot of them are quite enthusiastic about restarting the conflict, even if only to jolt the international community into some sort of meaningful action.Comments are now open for quarreling. If you don't want to debate that, there's always the civil war in Algeria.
Although it might not be perfect, the Polisario does appear to enjoy widespread popular support among the exiled Sahrawi population. I haven't travelled to the occupied territories, but it's apparent from the protests that at least some Sahrawi living under Moroccan occupation are determinedly opposed to said occupation. Of course others do see autonomy as a solution, and the debate in the occupied territories seems to be somewhat different from that among the exiles.
I have my own blog which comments on the Western Sahara issue as well as on other topics. I will confess that I'm in favour of Sahrawi independence, so I am partisan here (although I dislike cheap propaganda that involves nothing more than fabrication and assertion, whichever side it comes from - reasoned argument is so much better). That said, in the interests of furthering the Sahrawi cause I'd like to invite some supporters of the Moroccan occupation to comment on my blog. Credulous, crude and inarticulate recycling of Moroccan propaganda by amateur Moroccan nationalists is very helpful to the Sahrawi, as it casts Morocco and its supporters in a very bad light, as ignorant apologists for an occupation the nature of which they don't understand. So please feel free to post such comments on my blog so that I can have some ammunition with which to ridicule the Moroccan position. (I'm sorry if that's cheap - I just couldn't resist it. Let's see if anyone takes me up on it!)