Friday, January 27, 2012

Revolutionary group MEK in Iran: would it help or hurt US if it toppled regime?

I ran across a controversy, as to how the United States should view the MEK, or PMOI (People's Mujahedin of Iran), as expressed in the movement and site "DelistMEK", here. The group is credited as having passed secrets on Iran's nuclear program and yet is known for notorious abuses itself, especially within its own ranks (the "self-criticism" sessions or shame therapy).  The "Delist" group (apparently lobbying to get the US State Department to change policy) was running broadcast television ads Thursday.

Wikipedia has a long history here.

The group, or its predecessors, was associated with the fall of the Shah and the rise of the Ayatollahs and supported the hostage taking in 1979, leading to the "444 days" that came to an end only when Ronald Reagan took office in 1981.  Separately, EDS had sponsored a private commando raid to free two of its employees from Iran in 1979 (held separately), big news in Dallas at the time after I had just moved there.

As we learn from the Arab spring (and a general lesson of history), governments put in place after revolutions are often more repressive than the regimes they have evicted.

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