Daily Archives: May 16, 2012

What the MeK?

Well, I’m sure this is going to end well.

An Iranian group called the Mujahedin-e Khalq is fighting to get its name off the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations.

Wait…what?  Terrorist organizations get to lobby the U.S. Government for redress of their grievances?

Yeah, apparently they do.  Well, so long as they don’t like the same people we don’t like.  See, the MeK don’t like the current Iranian government and would like to rule the country instead of them. So, some people in the US Government are thinking that this is a great opportunity to join forces.  We throw the current Iranian government out of power, the MeK take over…everyone’s happy, right?

Am I the only one who remembers what happened the last time we supported a ragtag bunch of insurgents against a nations state in the belief that it was in the long term interests of the US?

Voice of America has a nice set of articles and videos about the MeK.  As you watch this, think about what other terrorist group that was involved with the targeting and killing of Americans (even 30 years ago) would get not only a chance to be exonerated but be set up to receive American support.
http://www.voanews.com/flashembed.aspx?t=vid&id=666552&w=640&h=429&skin=embeded

More shocking is the support (in many times compensated) the MeK gets from politicians and policy makers.  Now, if you’re a brown person sending $100 to Uzbekistan to support jihad you’ll be looking at some serious jail time.  If you’re a former Bush appointee or Governor you’ll get…a boatload of money from a terrorist organization* and plenty of time on 24 cable news shows to spin your way to the bank.

http://www.voanews.com/flashembed.aspx?t=vid&id=666549&w=640&h=429&skin=embeded
Glen Greenwald is correct.  This is ‘material support to terrorism’ and against the law.

I wonder how much al-Qaeda would have to pay to get an ‘all is forgiven’ pass from these guys?  Rudy Guiliani…what’s your price?

This is where a clear statement that America will not support terrorism would be appropriate.  Unfortunately, just as in the the administration’s decision not to investigate war crimes for the torture of prisoners, this is another black mark on the idea of the US being a nation of laws

*Hey, what a coincidence these people are getting paid the same amount of money that suicide bombers were paid for blowing themselves up in Israel.