Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Curiouser and Curiouser---the Iran situation and the Mujahedin e-Khalq (read this one)

The title link leads to a very interesting article by an Iranian exile group called the "National Council of Resistance of Iran". It names the name of the officer arrested--"Brig. Gen. Mahmoud Farhadi" and gives a little of his background. What's really interesting in relation to possible war with Iran is this:

"Farhadi in his capacity as a commander of Quds Force, after the war, has been involved in some of more than 150 terrorist operations against the opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) in Iraq; many of which claimed heavy civilian causalities among the local residents."

The PMOI is also known as the Mojahedin e-Khalq or MEK, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the acronym MEK is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. The "National Council of Resistance of Iran" is the MEK's political wing, also designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S.

This is really important because in April 2007 allegations came up that the U.S. itself was helping the MEK to launch terrorist operations within Iran. There's a Rawstory article that asserts this from April 14th 2006, however it makes use exclusively of anonymous sources, which although not making the article *necessarily* wrong is something that is usually frowned upon by journalists if they want to come off as credible. But then there's this: an article from The Asia Times article from April 25th 2006 (hat tip to Lying Media Bastards) that actually names a name:

""The Iranian accusations are true," said Richard Sale, intelligence correspondent for United Press International, referring to charges that the US is using the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) organization and other groups to carry out cross-border operations. "But it is being done on such a small scale - a series of pinpricks - it would seem to have no strategic value at all."

This dovetails with a much earlier article by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker that argued that U.S. troops themselves were going into Iran on missions. The government denied it and maybe it was the MEK and other exile groups that were doing the incursions.

If the U.S. is sponsoring MEK activity in Iran and Iran has been responding by sending agents over into Iraq to try to take out the MEK, then this would explain quite a lot, from the finding of Iranian ammunitions to the presence of Mahmoud Farhadi in Suleimaniah,Kurdistan.

The U.S. then would essentially be pulling Iran into war with the U.S. through supporting a terrorist organization that's hitting inside Iran's borders, with the arrest of Farhardi being a step up in escalation of the provocation. Now everyone is watching Iran, seeing what their response will be. So far Iran, to judge by the stories carried by IRNA, the Islamic Republic News Agency, is keeping pretty cool. They seem more concerned with covering Ahmadinejad's trip to the United States.

Judging by what happened with Saddam, the U.S. will keep provoking until it decides to drop the pretences, at which point it will just invade and justify the invasion by the sort of rhetoric that it's putting forward now.

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