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US Congressional support of terrorists!

September 23rd, 2010

Imagine for a second if anyone, in that whore-house on the hill, should pass a resolution asking for the removal of Hezbollah from the US’s terror list. After all, Hezbollah is also blamed for the death of American servicemen, just as the MEK. The only difference: hezbollah never sided with (let’s say) Israel in its aggressions against Lebanon, unlike the MEK who was pretty chummy with Saddam Hussein!

“…The MEK — a sort of Ahmed Chalabi for Iran — calls itself a government-in-exile, with a huge public base of support and a powerful megaphone both in the US and Europe to promote its anti-mullah agenda. Counted among the groups supporters are (the staunchest supporters of Israeli terrorism, the likes of) former Ambassador John Bolton, former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and countless others in positions of prominence. Capitol Hill staffers have long known (and for many, come to dread) the familiar faces of MEK activists pounding the pavement in the House and Senate office buildings. One House staffer told me that the MEK is “the most mobilized grassroots advocacy effort in the country — AIPAC included.” And though it’s impossible to keep up with the various names and aliases the group or its supporters go by, the agenda is clear: to be removed from the terrorist list and to gain US backing in their fight against Iran’s clerical government.
According to former members, though, the MEK is a cult-like organization where members are required to divorce their spouses and hand over their children to be raised by others — a powerful disincentive to potential defectors. Its ideology blends elements of Islamism with Marxism, though its public face has evolved over time to become much more appealing to Western backers. The group now places a strong emphasis on its vision for a secular, democratic, and nuclear-free Iran. According to the group’s supporters, the MEK abandoned terrorism in 2003.
The designation of the MEK as a terrorist organization stems from its activities inside Iran aimed at overthrowing both the Shah’s government and, later, the Islamic Republic. According to the State Department’s description included in the FTO listing, “[d]uring the 1970s the MEK staged terrorist attacks inside Iran and killed several US military personnel and civilians working on defense projects in Tehran,” and their activities continued through the 1990’s and after.
For Americans, perhaps nothing about the group is more offensive than its support of the takeover of the US Embassy in 1979, during which its members strongly denounced the hostages’ ultimate release in January 1981. But for Iranians, the MEK’s betrayal came during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980’s, when the group sided with Saddam Hussein in the fight against their home country. The group bombed Iran’s parliament in 1981, killing both the president and the Prime Minister, and regularly assassinated and bombed Iranian governmental officials up until the 2000’s. …”

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