Our Enemy’s Enemy Is Our Enemy? The Strange Case of the U.S.-MEK Relationship

The enemy of our enemy is our friend. Every schoolboy knows
this. Somehow, the U.S. State Department thinks differently. It persists
in keeping the MEK/PMOI (the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran),
the largest Iranian anti-mullah militant organization, on the State
Department’s List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. It persists in
doing so despite the fact that the MEK has rejected terrorism for over a
decade, never targeted Americans (except in the case of a splinter
group in the early 1970s, which also murdered a number of the MEK as
well), and is a key proponent of democracy and freedom in Iran.

Puzzled as to how this could occur, Congressman Brad Sherman
(D-CA), Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Terrorism,
Nonproliferation and Trade, felt compelled to declare at the
Congressional Iran Briefing on June 10, 2010, that: “It is questionable
to list on that [State Department] List entities which are not enemies
of the United States but are enemies of the enemies of the United
States.” Moreover, Congressman Brad Sherman continued, “I have
difficulty understanding what has the MEK done, even remotely, in recent
times, that causes the MEK to be on that list. I do know there is no
entity more feared, more hated by the mullahs who run Iran, than the MEK
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