The Bush administration is also cosseting the Mojahideen-e-Khalq, an Iranian Marxist militia that, ironically, waged war
The Bush administration is also cosseting the Mojahideen-e-Khalq, an Iranian Marxist militia that, ironically, waged war against Shah and then, against the Islamic regime.
In the 1980s, it claimed to have killed 1,200 political and religious leaders. Among those assassinated were a president, a prime minister, the head of the ruling party and, in one nasty blast, 74 MPs, nearly one-third of the elected parliament.
The regime hit back. Driven out of Iran, the group set up bases in Iraq from whence it had been attacking Iran for years.
The State Department branded it a terrorist organization. So, it was no surprise that during the early stages of the recent invasion of Iraq, American planes started bombing Mojahideen bases. But little did the commanders on the front lines know of the machinations back in Washington.
Soon, a ceasefire was ordered and the Mojahideen saved, as a foil against Iran, whose influence on the Shiites of Iraq was spooking the Bush boys.
It boggles the mind that a Republican president waging war on terrorism has embraced a discredited royal dreamer and a terrorist group long patronized by Saddam Hussein.