In response to the British Parliament’s removal, on June 23, of the Iranian Communist MEK (MKO, PMOI, NCRI, Rajavi Cult, or Pol Pot of Iran) terrorists from the United Kingdom’s list of banned terrorist organizations, Amir Taheri (“Iran’s Troubling Opposition”, Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2008, page A15) posed this question: “Does all of this mean that the British decision is morally wrong and perhaps politically counterproductive?” Taheri’s answer was “an unequivocal yes” if this had happened in January 2003 but “not so sure” today. Taheri’s change in position was based upon his questionable claim that the MEK has not committed any terrorist acts since it attacked an Iranian village in January 2003.
Taheri failed to explain that American and coalition military forces attacked Camp Ashraf , Iraq in 2003. Since April 2003, American and other military forces have protected Camp Ashraf , Iraq . The MEK terrorists could not continue terrorist activities from Camp Ashraf , Iraq without the approval of American military forces. There have been numerous reports in the American media of the use of the MEK terrorists by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and by the American Special Forces in Iran and in areas surrounding Iran for spying and for terrorist activities. There have been additional reports of MEK terrorist activities since 2003 in the Iranian media, such as:
Taheri failed also to explain where the terrorist leader, Massoud Rajavi, is being held now. There have been media reports that the American military has been holding Massoud Rajavi in Iraq since 2003. Amazingly, Taheri has suggested that the MEK must hand over to the Iraqi prosecutors those in the MEK responsible for the atrocities committed against the Shiites and Kurds in Iraq to please Saddam Hussein. The American military is holding or protecting many of these terrorist criminals in Iraq . France provides a safe harbor for other MEK terrorists.
For different views, read Massoud Khodabandeh and Anne Singleton’s views at http://iran-interlink.org/?mod=view&id=4701
Taheri noted that the British Parliament’s action will enable the terrorists to recruit members and to raise money in Britain . Taheri failed to address the issue raised by Massoud Khodabandeh and by Anne Singleton about permitting MEK members at Camp Ashraf , Iraq to leave Iraq .
Anne Singleton has provided the following links for researchers who want to read the discussions in the British Parliament leading to this decision:
Paul Sheldon Foote, June 26, 2008
Link to the Article “Iran’s Troubling Opposition ” by Amir Taheri (WSJ)