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Letter to Chicago Tribune: Blaming Iran to save U.S.

By M.A. Mohammadi, Press counselor
Mission of Iran to the UN, New York
In response to an op-ed on Aug. 19 ("Al-Maliki encourages Iran's growing presence in Iraq," Commentary) by (Alireza Jafarzadeh) an official of a terrorist group called the "National Council of Resistance of Iran," I wish to state the following.
The author's main complaint against the democratically elected prime minister of Iraq is that Mr. Maliki opposes the continuing presence of this terrorist and brutal organization and its military camp on Iraqi soil, recalling how they were embraced and used by the regime of Saddam Hussein to conduct terrorist activities inside Iran and against Shiite and Kurds in Iraq, who equally despise them. Intent on proving itself as a valuable asset to the U.S. military and intelligence, the NCRI spokespersons such as the author of the above-said article have been recycling verbatim the false accusations against Iran with the aim to deflect attentions from the failures of U.S.'s misguided policy in Iraq. Suffice to say that in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the government leaders have praised Iran's good neighborly policies in sharp contrast to the constant demonization of Iran by the U.S. Government. Iran has supported the political process in Iraq and rendered generous economic assistance to this war-stricken country. However, Iran is convinced that the presence of foreign armed terrorist groups, including the NCRI and its mother organization MKO, not only foments violence and instability in Iraq, but also threatens the national security of the neighboring countries. The mere fact that the Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for the outlaw leaders of NCRI and MKO for their complicity in Saddam Hussein's brutal suppression of Iraqis in 1991 speaks for itself.
In conclusion, it is surprising that the U.S. media [outlets] are making space for individuals affiliated with known terrorist groups.

... Payvand News - 9/12/07 ... --

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