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Submitted by Peter Herz (United States), Nov 29, 2011 at 22:13

Correct me if I'm wrong, but, back in the bad old days, didn't the MEK, whose ideology synthesizes Marxism and Islam, boast to their own constituency that they were among the first "revolutionary fighters" into the "Nest of Spies" (aka AmEmbassy Tehran)?

If that is the case, the MEK has made it abundantly clear that it believes that the only possible relationship between the USA and Iran is relentless hostility. Hence, it is America's national disgrace that MEK supporters solicit signatures on petitions and other support on the Washington Mall, when any nation with a shred of self-respect would have rounded them up and put them through deportation proceedings ASAP--and fired the officials who ever permitted them entry into the USA.

Now, I have no reason to doubt Russell Wohlford's testimony about how cooperative the MEK were when the USA invaded Iraq. Still, the only thing it tells me is that they are intelligent enough to put on a pleasant face when they know they're trapped. It also suggests to me that the MEK is banking on America's memory being short. This testimony does not, however, offer a shred of evidence to suggest that the MEK has changed its view of America as the Great Shaitan ( a view shared with the mullah-ocracy).

If Iran's choice is the mullah-ocracy or the MEK, I think the USA should stay out of Iran's internal conflicts, and let that country stew in its own juices. We simply don't have a dog in that fight.

Our crusade to save Iran from Soviet takeover only made us hated by everything and everybody in that country. Our current crusade to save the "wymyn" of the Mideast from "!!UGH!!**Fundamentalism!" (it seems that all seven Afghan feminists were paraded around every campus in America after 9/11) doesn't seem all that productive, either. This is a conflict where we really need to stand back and look to our own interests.

But lets not de-list the MEK! They're part of the problem, not part of the solution.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
correct me if I'm wrong... [337 words]Peter HerzNov 29, 2011 22:13191314
more on MEK [101 words]Peter HerzDec 1, 2011 05:55191314
revised thinking [147 words]russell wohlfordMar 7, 2013 11:19191314
linkage [8 words]Consul-At-ArmsJun 24, 2011 12:19186743
Arabs need a secular dictator [90 words]MotkeJun 17, 2010 01:11174480
Now, should Israel trust Clinton's umbrella [60 words]Yuval Brandstetter MDAug 12, 2009 11:05160103
Regarding Mujahideen-e Khalq [74 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Debanjan BanerjeeMay 11, 2009 20:51155254
The MeK is a secular alternative -- they deserve our benign support at least [143 words]Charles MartelAug 13, 2009 11:20155254
Remember Mossadeq [121 words]Charles MartelAug 16, 2009 05:34155254
As for Mossadegh... [117 words]Kepha HorNov 29, 2011 21:53155254
Seems to me that Mr. Kepha needs to study history more [369 words]Debanjan BanerjeeDec 4, 2011 11:26155254
Dear Debanjan [227 words]Kepha HorDec 9, 2011 16:49155254
Dear Kepha [743 words]Debanjan BanerjeeDec 10, 2011 12:27155254
2I met these folks [518 words]russell wohlfordAug 24, 2006 11:2053901
Read some history [436 words]The Historian...Nov 19, 2006 12:4953901
response to "The Historian" [1093 words]russell wohlfordNov 22, 2006 02:4053901
Response to "the Historian" [305 words]RSTAug 9, 2009 00:0653901

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