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Apparent Hypocrisy in War on Terror

The sponsor of terrorists by US shows hypocrisy in the war on terror has reached its heights

The diplomatic crisis created between Iran and the United States following the collapse of Pahlavi’s regime in Iran intensified even further after the takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran by a number of radical Iranian students in opposition to the US’s hostile policies, and the presence of the ousted Pahlavi’s monarch there seemingly allowed for cancer treatment. The incident was the hottest focus of the global media for 444 days, from 4 November 1979 to 20 January 1981. The incident, however, granted many opportunists to fish in troubled waters and intensify the crisis.

As many truly say and the evidences verify, Mojahedin Khalq Organization MKO/MEK/PMOI/NCR played no key role in the occupation of the US embassy in Tehran, but it is true to say that the group played a role to aggravate the situation to turn it into a real crisis. At the time, the organization showed no open antagonism against the newly established regime and tried to highlight a coalition with it to inoculate an extreme anti-imperialism and anti-American vision in the Islamic state and among the public. The US State Department’s Report of 1994 explicitly discloses facts on the group’s role in the crisis and strong opposition to the release of the hostages; “As part of that struggle, they assassinated at least six American citizens, supported the takeover of the U.S. embassy, and opposed the release of American hostages”.

The embassy takeover ended diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran, a rift that persists to this day. But America’s explicit deal and affiliation with the ones who fanned the hostility and aggravated the situation has offered a new sacrifice to an already born double standard which is referred to as the cancer at the heart of Western foreign policy. Although hypocrisy in the age of the war on terror and confronting terrorism fails to be a new subject to touch on, but it seems that it has reached its heights and most have lost their trust in those who chant it. There are more than enough written and spoken proofs to prove, the latest of which is delisting of MKO from the State Department’s FTO. As Edward Herman further explains:

The most recent display of the terrorism double standard is the State Department’s September 2012 removal of the Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin e-Khalq (MEK), from its list of designated terrorist organizations. The MEK worked earlier on behalf of Saddam Hussein and sometimes killed Americans, and reportedly has collaborated with the Israelis in assassinating Iranian scientists, but with the escalated U.S.-Israel low-level warfare against Iran, MEK can be moved into a new, more positive “freedom fighter” category. This has other amusing features. For one thing, MEK has very large amounts of money that it has spent in organizing protests and lobbying in Europe and the United States, the funding suspected to come from the freedom-loving Saudis and other governments hostile to Iran. Even while on the terrorist list, MEK was able to organize, propagandize and lobby in the United States and elsewhere in the West. It has also paid large sums to U.S. notables like Howard Dean, Tom Ridge, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and Ed Rendell to write and speak on their behalf. No prosecutions are in prospect for “material aid” to terrorists in this case.

The latest evidence is a grisly video showing killing of Syrian soldiers in an execution-style at a checkpoint by “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) terrorists. The ruthless deed is believed to be only the tip of the iceberg of the killings and other similar slaughters by these foreign backed terrorists, whom MKO enthusiastically acclaim and support and who the US plans to make an example for MKO to follow. Let’s now imagine what the reaction of the supporters of these terrorists would have been if the killers had been Syrian forces. Although hard to believe but it is the truth that today the nightmare of the institutionalized double standard and hypocrisy hunts the communities far beyond the terrorists themselves.

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