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Support the MEK, but Recognize that it is Still an Opportunistic Cult

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Submitted by Alex (United States), Jul 10, 2007 at 14:18

The MEK probably has lost its power for popular mobilization in Iran, but it is a dominant force in Iranian immigrant communities in the West and has impressive intelligence and special operations capabilities inside Iran (it assasinated Asadollah Lajevardi, the "Butcher of Evin Prison", in the late 1990s during the Islamic Repblic's own crackdown on dissidents). Much of its clandestine power derives--I heavily suspect--from patronage, smuggling and other illegal activities, as well as from factional politics in the Islamic Republic that sometimes provide it with intelligence needed to assasinate members of the Hojjatieh Society that is currently in formal (though not substantive) power in Iran. The latter factor may be another tool for Western intelligence at the present. Also, the MEK is still a cult, and it should be used for finite purposes as part of a strategy that engages primarily liberal forces inside Iran who will not likely follow the MEK (nor monarchists, nor regional/ethnic factions).


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Terror groups or freedom fighters? [131 words]stasMay 18, 2012 07:09195678
1unleash the mek [74 words]
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wrong [27 words]ArianJul 28, 2011 11:06112312
Use the MEK if possible, but don't support them [141 words]Charles MartelAug 29, 2007 14:53107209
1Mr. Alberts comments [71 words]aliAug 12, 2007 10:01105956
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Sorry, Dr. Pipes. I'm still a sceptic [193 words]Peter HerzJul 18, 2007 18:36104002
Why not unleash Al Qaida too ? [44 words]James FischerJul 16, 2007 20:42103821
misplaced concerns [1112 words]Albert DavidsonJul 16, 2007 14:46103805
Solution for Iranian & American [51 words]MohamadJul 16, 2007 14:11103802
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linkage [44 words]Consul-At-ArmsJul 15, 2007 03:06103689
Proudly Canadian, trusting my elected officials and disagreeing with Dr Pipes [197 words]HarrakJul 14, 2007 18:59103679
Unleash the Iranian Opposition[, the Mujahedeen-e Khalq] [1426 words]Ed Melik, Esq.Jul 13, 2007 22:22103622
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Im surprised America finances them and arms them [30 words]LeylaJul 12, 2007 15:43103531
SUPPORTING TERORISM IS NOT A SOLUTION [31 words]MAMAMIA TONTERIAJul 12, 2007 13:03103521
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Pro-American? To what degree? [151 words]PatJul 15, 2007 18:53103486
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Can we trust MEK later - after the Iranian regime is toppled??? [85 words]JaladhiJul 11, 2007 11:29103455
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The enemy of my enemy? [464 words]PatJul 10, 2007 10:09103341
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