Deja vu

So, remember when the U.S. armed the mujahedin in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets and then bailed? And remember how that turned out? Now, with the whole Bush-Cheney alternate reality thing still in full swing, the U.S. is using the MEK, or Mujahedin-e-Khalq--an Iranian opposition group--as a pawn to destabilize Iran. Once again, the administration is picking and choosing oh-so-carefully who they will brand "terrorist" based on the degree to which the person or group of persons serves the imperial agenda. After all, Israel has an army, but democratically elected Hamas is a militia, silly.

Read more about the U.S. relationship with the MEK in an article by Patrick Cockburn--not to be confused with his brother, Alexander Cockburn, co-editor of Counterpunch--for The Independent here.

With all of the hullabaloo regarding whether an attack on Iran is imminent, Tom Engelhardt's rationality is a welcomed change. His take on why the administration won't be attacking Iran, despite all the noise, was a much needed return to reality (though the oil news remains bleak). Do yourself a favor and view his article here.

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