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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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