Skip to comments.The Paradox of the PMOI
Posted on 10/03/2012 3:47:06 AM PDT by OddLane
One simple word which encapsulates the sum of the aspirations harbored by Iranians throughout the world, both those in exile and those living, and suffering, in the land of their birth. It was one of the demands invoked repeatedly throughout the pro-democracy demonstrations which took place last week at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. These protests were held against the backdrop of Mahmoud Ahmadinejads last speech before the United Nations General Assembly, evoking memories of the election he purloined in order to remain in power.
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The MEK is not so much an “anti-IRI organization” as it is a pro-MEK organization. The barbarous, inhumane treatment by the IRI that MEK rallies against, is not unlike the same treatment it would itself impose were it ever to take over in Iran (which it won’t).
Yes, they’ve received bi-partisan support ranging from the naive and/or indoctrinated to the more cunning, as in Bolton’s case. (He believes we can use MEK to overthrow the regime and then overthrow MEK - well intentioned, I suppose, but misguided)
I believe the Obama State Dept de-listing of MEK is an act of desperation.
The Iranian people see the MEK as traitors and would side with the current regime to fight against MEK - and there would be no contest.
If this is the overwhelming sentiment of Iranians toward MEK, then any support shown for MEK by Americans or others has to puzzle & confuse the Iranian people as to where we truly stand regarding Iran.
Despite all the years of attempted brainwashing of its people by the IRI, the Iranians have always been enamored with Americans. Should the MEK receive any help from us (covert or otherwise)in an attempt to overthrow the current regime, we will lose their fond regards & friendship and end up with another country in that part of the world that doesn’t like or trust us.
As much as the Iranian people hate their murderous gov’t, they also hate MEK and would turn on anyone who tried to force MEK upon them.
What justification is there for sanctioning them when they've been disarmed for nearly a decade?
Especially when pro-IRI forces like the NIAC are allowed to engage in extensive lobbying efforts?
It smacks of hypocrisy, at the very least.
“Forcing them upon anyone and withdrawing them from the FTO list are two completely different things. “
Why do you think it’s being done?
“Especially when pro-IRI forces like the NIAC are allowed to engage in extensive lobbying efforts?”
I’m hoping that stops now that they’ve been exposed for what they are. We’ll have to see if the Obama White House continues to extend an invitation to them. I wouldn’t think NIAC is too happy about the de-listing.
There’s a lot of hypocrisy in D.C.