If financing and helping terrorism around the world is sufficient to classify oneself as a terrorist organization despite that organization being an agent of a sovereign entity, then it seems also appropriate to classify Mossad and the CIA as terrorist organizations. In the late 1970’s, the government of Israel through Mossad, directly and indirectly financed Hamas in hopes of counterbalancing Fatah’s influence in the occupied territories. As noted by Ami Isseroff: “the Israelis deliberately promoted the Islamists of the future Hamas by helping them turn the Islamic University of Gaza into a base from which the group recruited activists – and the suicide bombers of tomorrow.” Similarly, the United States, throughout the 1960s to the present day, supported guerrilla movements, many of which targeted civilian populations to carry out their political agenda. The CIA set up Ansesal and other networks of terror in El Salvador, Guatemala (Ansegat) and pre-Sandinista Nicaragua (Ansenic). The CIA created, structured and trained secret police in South Korea, Iran, Chile and Uruguay, and elsewhere, organizations responsible for untold thousands of tortures, disappearances, and deaths.
I have no complaints against listing the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization. My complaints are based upon the hypocrisies behind our foreign policy. If we’re going to condemn military agencies as terrorist organizations for their support of terrorism, then for the sake of credibility look beyond the borders of the Middle East. Because this certainly doesn’t create a standard for the US itself can meet.