The Mujahedin is an organization that was supported, sheltered and funded by Saddam Hussein until he lost power. In the 1980s, MKO sided with Saddam in his war against Iran. Its leadership fled to Iraq in the middle of the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran War and received millions of dollars in financial support from Saddam Hussein. As a result, MKO members are viewed as traitors by the overwhelming majority of Iranians and Iranian-Americans
On Jan. 20, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Iranian Americans generally ... oppose a nine-year State Department crackdown on an organization (MKO) that it classifies as terrorist but that the Iranian community considers a resistance group." As an Iranian-American, I am dismayed that some member of Congress as well as journalists claim that the terrorist-listed organization Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/MKO) and its front organizations are legitimate representatives of the Iranian American community. They are not.
The Mujahedin is an organization that was supported, sheltered and funded by Saddam Hussein until he lost power. In the 1980s, MKO sided with Saddam in his war against Iran. Its leadership fled to Iraq in the middle of the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran War and received millions of dollars in financial support from Saddam Hussein. As a result, MKO members are viewed as traitors by the overwhelming majority of Iranians and Iranian-Americans.
The organization actively engaged in acts of violence, including murder bombing and armed attacks against Iranians and American citizens working in Iran prior to the Iranian Revolution. Their totalitarian-inspired ideology since the 1960s has centered on anti-Americanism spiced up with bits of Marxism-Leninism on the one hand and Islamic extremism on the other. When the Mujahedin and their comrades succeeded in the revolution, a new wave of violence ensued and the Mujahedin emerged as the losers in the infighting. It was the organization's addiction to violence without remorse that resulted in its unequivocal classification as a terrorist organization by the State Department, the Department of Justice, the White House and the European Union. Yet the MKO has been active in lobbying the United States Congress as the self-appointed representative of Iranians.
Please note that my opinion of the MKO should not be seen as support for the regime in Tehran. I, as most Iranian-Americans, find an anti-democratic government and an anti-democratic opposition equally distasteful. Iranians deserve representatives more authentic than the self-appointed claimants, whether in clerical robes or guerrilla fatigues.
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