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Britain and America should beware supporting the Mujahideen-e-Khalq

Mathew Partridge of Guardian writes an article on material supporters of Mujahedin Khalq in Britain and America should beware supporting the Mujahideen-e-KhalqParis in last month group’s gathering. He warns British and US politicians on perils of supporting a terrorist designated group. Comparing the support for MKO with Churchill – Stalin coalition against Hitler or US support for anti-Soviet forces in Afghanistan during the 1980s, he criticize the use of the motto "the enemy of my enemy is my friend":

" However, there are limits to the logic of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". The decision by the US and UK to permit arms sales to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq propped up a regime even worse than the one it was fighting against (Iran), and enabled Saddam to subsequently invade Kuwait.
Similarly, diplomatic overtures to the Taliban in the late 1990s not only failed to detach them from al-Qaida, but meant that the Clinton administration largely stood by while they brutally repressed the Afghan population.
In this light, it is disappointing that the former mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, and the ex-secretary of homeland security, Tom Ridge, recently attended a conference run by supporters of the group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), currently banned in the United States (though not in Britain or the rest of the EU). "

Describing MKO as a discredited past, he warns about the potential danger of MKO hypocrites and opportunists:

" .. there is a strong credibility gap between the group’s rhetoric and its past actions, especially its associations with Saddam between 1986 and 2003.
According to the Council on Foreign Relations, MEK directly participated in the savage reprisals against those who rose up against the Iraqi tyrant in 1991. Indeed, the extent to which it functioned as an effective arm of Saddam’s totalitarian regime is demonstrated by the fact that, when it surrendered to US forces in 2003, it had "2,000 tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and heavy artillery pieces".

Ironically, before its split with Ayatollah Khomeini, its leaders worked closely with Iran’s theocratic government, directly participating in the 1979 takeover of the US embassy in Tehran. This raises the obvious risk that if Britain and America covertly, or overtly, supports MEK, it could then cut a deal with Tehran and turn its guns on Europe and America."

At last, the writer of the article censures American prominent republicans’ stand in favor of Mujahedin Khalq saying :

Although Giuliani and Ridge have a tremendous amount of credibility on foreign policy, especially compared with the current crop of Republicans, their suggestion that MEK be both tolerated and supported is wrong.

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