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Why Delisting the MEK Threatens Iran’s Democracy Movement

Posted by alanmirs on July 23, 2011

Jamal Abdi

Policy Director, National Iranian American Council

The unprecedented campaign in Washington to remove the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) from the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations represents a critical threat to Iran’s indigenous democratic movement. Unlike Iran’s democratic opposition, which advances through nonviolence the principles of democracy and human rights, the MEK is an undemocratic organization that pursues its agenda through violence. Delisting the MEK and freeing the group to inject violence into Iran’s democratic opposition movement would help derail yet again Iran’s century-long struggle for democracy.

Secretary Clinton will soon make her decision on whether to remove the MEK from the terrorist list; the consequences of her decision could indeed determine whether Iran’s democratic aspirations are once again plunged into the abyss of a vicious cycle of violence.

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