The push to remove the MEK from the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations is intensifying in Congress and in pro-war circles in Washington.
A vote is coming before the House Foreign Affairs Committee this week on whether to endorse removing the Iranian Mujahedin from the U.S. foreign terrorist organizations lists. This would enable it to operate freely and even receive U.S. funding for renewed attacks in Iran.
And John Bolton and Daniel Pipes, who have openly called for the U.S. to bomb Iran, have recently ratcheted up their calls for the MEK to be taken off the terrorist list.
Supporters of the Mujahedin don’t care that the group has no support in Iran. They favor the Mujahedin because it uses violence and terror.
We are standing up to the Mujahedin for three reasons:
1) Delisting the Mujahedin and unleashing its violence would be a major blow to the non-violent, pro-democracy movement.
As Iranian-Americans, we more than anyone else should know from experience that violence can defeat a dictator, but it cannot give us democracy. We have to break the cycle of violence, not perpetuate it.
2) Delisting the Mujahedin would unleash a major force for war.
For years, the Mujahedin have lobbied for the US to attack Iran and to help install MEK leader Maryam Rajavi into power. We’ve seen how effective they have lobbied for war even while they are a designated terrorist organization. De-listing them will be a major boost to their lobbying campaign to start a US-Iran war.
3) Delisting the Mujahedin threatens the free, peaceful voices of the Iranian-American community
For years, the Mujahedin have smeared and defamed anyone and any group who differed with them, including Iranian-American organizations and even individuals like Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi.
As Iranian Americans, we have the ability and responsibility to help break the cycle of violence that has engulfed Iran. NIAC is the only organization standing up to prevent this from happening.
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