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The US Instrumental Use of MKO

As reported on April 24, Rep. Dennis Kucinich introduced a resolution to the United States Senate to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney for high crimes and misdemeanors. One of the broached allegations included in the third article of the resolution presents evidences of Dick Cheney’s contacts with Mojahideen-e Khalq Organization (MKO). The article states:

M(3) The Vice President is fully aware of the actions taken by the United States towards Iran that are further destabilizing the world as evidenced by the following: …

MMM(D) The United States has been linked to anti-Iranian organizations that are attempting to destabilize the Iranian government, in particular the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK), even though the state department has branded it a terrorist organization.

The report comes at a time when the EU has taken a decisive step to keep MKO as a terrorist group on the list and the State Department continues to consider it a blacklisted terrorist group with no possible revision. However, Scott Ritter’s earlier statements concerning the US position in utilizing MKO against Iran’s nuclear issue well patronizes the US dual stance in dealing with MKO.

All these reports and remarks highlight a fact that among the American political wings there can be found an explicit contradiction concerning the instrumental application of MKO and the ways to deal with it. It has emboldened the group to avail itself of the existing leverages in the West to wedge into the subsisting gap between Iran and the West to accomplish its own interests in spite of being proscribed a terrorist group.

Regardless of the US possible engagement with MKO to secure its global interests and that to what extent MKO could be effective to satisfy the wish of Americans, it has been actually evidenced that MKO, because of lacking a social support for its terrorist atrocities and since the Americans are fully aware of its ideological drifts, will be made into another fundamentalist al-Qaeda. The West and the US in particular should bear it in mind that if al-Qaeda perpetrated suicide operations to jeopardize the US interests, MKO is capable of inducing the members to commit self-destruction operations such as those self-burnings in June 2003 for whatever trifle cause that can be easily worked out.

The US sponsoring of MKO similar to that of al-Qaeda, with the exception that MKO ideologically inherits characteristics of a destructive cult, might end to a much bitter experience with that of al-Qaeda. MKO, as the State Department asserts, moves on a dual strategy that enables it in any circumstance to accomplish its strategic ends. It seems that the current challenge within the US Administration concerning utilizing or boycotting MKO should necessarily end to a comprehensive unanimity by tracing that al-Qaeda held pestilent factors in MKO. The made comparison, from the structural and contents point of view, will give way to whether utilize MKO or not.

Mojahedin.ws – Bahar Irani – May 1, 2007


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