The next pro-MEK lobbying effort is about to begin

‎The completely false claim that the MEK represents the legitimate Iranian opposition was one of the ‎principal reasons many of these advocates gave for removing the group from the list of foreign ‎terrorist organizations.

No one could have ever seen this coming:‎

Members of Congress and supporters of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) are to press the ‎Obama administration to recognise it as the “legitimate opposition” to the Iranian government after ‎the group is removed from the US list of banned terrorist organisations in the coming days. ‎

Of course, this has been what many of the MEK’s American advocates have been calling for all along. ‎The completely false claim that the MEK represents the legitimate Iranian opposition was one of the ‎principal reasons many of these advocates gave for removing the group from the list of foreign ‎terrorist organizations. It’s absurd that any informed person could seriously believe an Islamo-Marxist ‎totalitarian cult represents a legitimate, much less democratic, alternative to the current Iranian ‎regime. This is the falsehood that many of the group’s advocates promote.‎

The reinvention of the MEK as a “democratic” political organization just demonstrates how ‎meaningless that label can be. It’s a reminder of how willing some Iran hawks are to work with any ‎group, no matter how disreputable, if it shares their hostility to the Iranian government. Anyone who ‎supports aligning the U.S. with this group is admitting that he isn’t interested in a more democratic Iran ‎or the success of the Iranian opposition. Now that the group will be removed from the list, the ‎supporters it has cultivated in Congress and elsewhere will be able to agitate on its behalf much more ‎freely, and its lobbying efforts will presumably increase. The coordinated campaign to remove the ‎MEK from the FTO list was a disgrace, and the sequel promises to be even more obnoxious.‎

 

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-next-pro-mek-lobbying-effort-is-about-to-‎begin/‎


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