Si Bekkai also spoke. 'I have been trying to find a formula which will enable my country and France to break the present deadlock and preserve Franco-Moroccan friendship,' he said. 'Caux has miraculously provided the answer to the questions I have been asking, without any hatred or bitterness. I hereby undertake to put into practice the four moral standards of Moral Re-Armament, for I know that in order to change my country, which needs to change, I have to change myself. If I have had doubts about France, I apologize to my French friends here and elsewhere.'2
Buchman heard from Si Bekkai much about the Moroccan impasse and particularly about the part played by El Glaoui, whose support had been decisive to the French.
From Caux Buchman went back to Italy, and then in early February set out for Marrakesh with Paul Campbell, John Wood, Morris and Enid Martin, and Jim Baynard-Smith. Before leaving Caux he had told these colleagues his thought that El Glaoui would be affected. He also knew that General Antoine Béthouart, the former French High Commissioner in Austria who had been to Caux in 1951, would be there, and hoped that he and Pierre Lyautey, nephew of the Marshal who had created French Morocco, would help them to meet the relevant people.
In Marrakesh the Béthouarts were already ensconced in Buchman's hotel when he arrived. To begin with he spent most of his time in bed, resting and thinking. The Pasha, El Glaoui, and his family occupied much of his mind. Physical inactivity renewed his strength; but as it returned, he maintained a deliberate social inactivity which allowed others to take the initiative. He had the recurring thought, 'Our job is to mine for men, to quarry out leadership.'
After some days Buchman and his party dined with the Béthouarts, who then arranged for them to meet the French authorities. Then M and Mme Lyautey gave a tea-party for them, at which they met international visitors like Prince Wilhelm of Sweden and his son, Count Bernadotte, and also the lawyer son of El Glaoui, Si Abdessadeq, president of the Chereefian Tribunal in Marrakesh, whose political views differed from his father's.