Letters to the editor
MEK a terrorist cult
This letter is in response to the June 15 article “MEK sense” by Rep. Tom Tancredo and Rep. Bob Filner. The Mujahedin e-Khalq (MEK) is a known terrorist organization that has committed atrocities in Iran and in the region for more than four decades and has a dark history of aligning itself with the Ba’athist regime of Saddam Hussein, which used it as a mercenary army against the Kurds and to invade Iran from its bases in Iraq. Prior to September 11, MEK was in the initial stages of aligning itself with the Taliban and al Qaeda but its plans to set up bases in Afghanistan vanished with the developments in Kabul.
The authors have not done a proper scrutiny of the MEK’s violent record, which includes the assassination of a president, a prime minister and 80 lawmakers as well as thousands of innocent civilians.
This is a terrorist cult which gave up its weapons only after U.S. troops attacked its base in Iraq, at which point it began a process of adaptation to a post-September 11 era where there is little tolerance for terrorism, and this led it to claim democratic values.
The appellation “democratic” for the MEK terrorist is a definite misnomer.The MEK has an eclectic ideology that blends Stalinist Marxism and militant leftism with ossified interpretations of Islam, (like al Qaeda), espousing the idea of urban guerrilla warfare.
The authors fail to mention that it is not only the U.S. government but also the European Union which has branded the MEK as terrorist, based on an anti-democratic cult of leadership who systematically purge and even torture their internal critics, per a recent report by the Human Rights Watch.
Iranian efforts against such a terrorist group are not a sign of itssize and/or importance, as the article claims. Rather, they reflect the seriousness of terrorism as the main problem to the international peace and security, which the international community should refuse in consensus and to avoid double standards.
It is also a contradiction to refer to MEK as a”relatively small group based largely in the Iranian diaspora” which has proved a “reliable source of intelligence” and a useful “tool” to deal with Iran and, on the other, as a viable “Iranian democratic opposition group.” The proud Iranian people never embrace such armed cliques propped up by outside forces.Have the authors never seen the images of MEK leaders and members on Iraqi tanksbrandishing theirweapons?
At a time when the Iraqi government has demanded the expulsion of MEK terrorists from their territory, the authors’ call for the use of MEK as a political tool against a democratic, electedgovernment is a giant leap in the wrong direction.
New York City
Why the discrepancy?
The Washington Times reported on Tuesday that a campaign worker for Sen. Barack Obama has been involved in the common and completely legal practice of compiling an opposition research document for use in Mr. Obama’s campaign for the presidency (“Obama blames staff for memo,” Page 1, Tuesday).