Protest in DC:Take MEK off the FTO list, it is a matter of law

Protest in DC:Take MEK off the FTO list, it is a matter of law

White Center : WA : USA | Aug 25, 2011 at 10:21 AM PDT
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Iranian Canadians Join voices with Iranian Americans in Protest in Washington DC on Friday, demanding the delisting of the MEK

By: Iranian – Canadian Youth Association

One of the most important pillars of a civil society is the rule of law. People can have different opinions about the Iranian opposition group of MEK/PMOI, but the US Department of State must obey the law and base its decision on facts not individual impressions, feelings and political grounds. This is a litmus test to many people around the world and a judgment on US credibility. It is time for us to practice what we preached for ages. We are at a critical point in the history of Middle East and the feelings and ideas of young people of the region (who are the future of those countries) for their future are shaping. This would be a good start to show them that we stand tall for our principles.

The simple fact is the US Court of Appeal in DC on July 16, 2010 had ordered the State Department to review its designation of MEK, which strongly suggested MEK has to be removed from the FTO list. But the State Department has dragged its feet so far. This mere fact set an inexplicable precedence, since the usual period to respond is in a matter of months.

Meanwhile the Iranian regime's lobbyists are very worried about this court ruling and its inevitable outcome. Since keeping the MEK on FTO list was the Achilles heel of the appeasement policy towards Mullahs’ regime. Mullahs have carried on a demonizing campaign against PMOI for more than 30 years. They have done this very professionally, let us be clear about that. But the Iranian resistance has worked very hard to shed light on this misinformation campaign. However, now the subjects of this demonizing campaign are American personalities who support delisting of MEK from the FTO list. These American personalities include a bipartisan group of very high ranking US officials who have a lot of credibility on US and international scene. This demonizing policy’s main supposition is that the public are ignorant and idiots. But the Mullahs’ demonizing campaign in this “age of information” will be proved to be, to say the least, “inefficient”.

The fact is that listing of MEK in 1997 by Clinton administration was thought to make the Mullahs open to dialogue. The word “dialogue” sounds very civilized but keep in mind this was sacrificing the victims of the Mullahs in search of preposterous goal. If the brutal regime of Mullahs was a “dialogue material” it would have not executed 120,000 sons and daughters of Iran, who were even speaking Farsi and would be the best candidates to have a dialogue with. The resistance starts when dictators start killing their people and already closed their ears.

Enough harm has been done since 1997 in tying the hands of a legitimate resistance and this designation serves as an excuse for massacre of 3400 of Ashraf residents who were promised protection as “Protected Persons under the 4th of Geneva Convention” in written document signed by an American General. I say “legitimate resistance” since even French court recently corroborated this very well known fact. The process of delisting of MEK/PMOI has already been done throughout European Union for some time now and this has weakened the Mullahs hand.

So, can people of Iran, its legitimate resistance and so many US officials (with more than 2000 collective years of experience) all be wrong and the lobby of one of the most brutal regimes in the world history be right?

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Iranian Canadians Join voices with Iranian Americans in Protest
Iranian Canadians Join voices with Iranian Americans in Protest to ask for the delisting of the MEK/PMOI of the US , FTO list.
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