The latest hypocritical twist in the Zionist extremist-directed campaign against Iran has seen an Iranian terrorist group, long on the State Department’s “banned” list, move towards recognition and “legitimacy” because it now can be used to carry out attacks inside Iran.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the “Obama administration is moving to remove an Iranian opposition group from the State Department’s terrorism list.
The exile organization, the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MeK, was originally named as a terrorist entity 15 years ago for its alleged role in assassinating U.S. citizens in the years before the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and for allying with Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein against Tehran.
The terrorism designation, which has been in place since 1997, freezes the MeK’s assets inside the U.S. and prevents the exile group from fundraising.
Senior U.S. officials said on Monday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has yet to make any final decision on the MeK’s status. But they said the State Department was looking favorably at delisting MeK if it continued cooperating by vacating a former paramilitary base inside Iraq, called Camp Ashraf, which the group had used to stage cross-border strikes into Iran.
Many of Iran’s top leaders, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, were targets of MeK attacks during the 1980s.
Iran has regularly accused Western countries of hypocrisy for providing shelter to MeK members while criticizing Tehran’s support for militant groups, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Palestinian territories.
“We believe that despite the claims that others make about fighting terrorism, they [Western nations] provide the most support for terrorist groups,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, said last week.
“In Europe, the MeK has already been removed from the list of terrorist organizations and they are completely safe to continue their activities.”
As outlined earlier, the US administration has already started arming and training MEK terrorists for attacks inside Iran, in blatant violation of international law.