- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 14, 2010

I would like to congratulate The Washington Times for its stance in support of removing the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) from the U.S. terror list (PMOI’s place on the terrorist watch list,” Opinion, Tuesday). As Struan Stevenson reiterates in a Commentary column of the same day (“End blacklisting of Iranian patriots”), the terror-listing of the PMOI was always about political attempts to appease the Iranian regime, which has only committed more crimes against its people and further supported terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq. This has led to the death and wounding of hundreds, if not thousands, of coalition troops.

Undoubtedly, the ban against the PMOI is illegitimate and must end legally. The politics of placing obstructions in front of the Iranian opposition movement to please Tehran must end. As David Waddington said in a previous column (“Revolt brews in Iran” Commentary, Jan. 7), the people of Iran have put the option of democratic change on the table, so let us take up this option and stop appeasing Tehran. The Iranian opposition led by the PMOI can and will bring change. Let us support rather than hinder them.



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