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Mossad-MEK May Have Bombed Iranian Missile Base, 40 Dead and Wounded

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Blast at IRG

The face of the Israeli terror machine may have reared its ugly head again in the world. This time it may have produced yet another massive act of sabotage (Hebrew original) at an IRG missile base west of Teheran. During transfer of explosives at the Modarres (other sources say the base is called Sajad) garrison, which houses Shihab 3 (Israel Defense says the site is also responsible for development of the new Shihab 4) and Zelzal surface-to-surface missiles, an explosion ripped apart the base and killed anywhere from 14 to 40 soldiers depending on the source (UPDATE: the official number released by the IRG now is 17), and wounded an equal number, some severely.  Among the dead were a high level IRG officer, Major General Hassan Tehrani Moqaddam (more background here), the director of the IRGC Jihad Self-Sufficiency Organization, which directed base operations. The blast was felt as far away as Teheran, 25 miles distant. Those who experienced the explosion said it felt like an earthquake. Some say there were two explosions.

Ynet raises the possibility that it was a deliberate act of sabotage on not just a missile base, but an intelligence facility. Teheran Bureau says the IRG is telling the Iranian media that the incident was not an act of terror, but purely an industrial accident.  An Iranian who worked at the base for several months and was interviewed by Iranian media discounted the likelihood of an act of sabotage since security at the base was extremely strict.

However, an Israeli source with extensive senior political and military experience provides an exclusive report that it was the work of the Mossad in collaboration with the MEK.  Israeli media is humming with similar reports and Channel 10′s intelligence correspondent went so far as to say, a bit coyly perhaps:

If it was the work of western intelligence it was a high successful and impressive achievement.

It is widely known within intelligence circles that the Israelis use the MEK for varied acts of espionage and terror ranging from fraudulent Iranian memos alleging work on nuclear trigger devices to assassinations of nuclear scientists and bombings of sensitive military installations. A similar act of sabotage happened a little more than a year ago at another IRG missile base which killed nearly 20.  In the murky world of Israel-Iran relations, where it’s often hard to tell the difference between information, misinformation and disinformation, either explanation may be true. But my source has never been wrong so far in the reports he’s offered.

It is, of course, ironic that the same MEK is paying key political players in U.S. life hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on behalf of removing it from the Treasury Department terror list. I suppose when a terror group is harming your enemy then it’s no longer a terror group, eh? Certainly if there was another power than the Mossad willing to pay more for them to attack Israel and the U.S., guess who they’d be wreaking havoc on?

To give you an idea of the level of brainwashing Israelis undergo thanks to willing collusion between military correspondents and the intelligence services, this is how the Hebrew Ynet report describes the MEK and its collusion with Mossad and others:

Though the reliability of this report can’t be substantiated, it should be remembered that the Iranian opposition [by this they mean MEK and not the Green movement] fulfills an important role in revealing secret Iranian installations and serves as a pipeline for publication of secret intelligence. There is an assumption that western intelligence services pass on to them intelligence in order to “launder” it and expose it to the world.

An unsuspecting Israeli would find nothing in this passage unduly alarming. But those analysts who’ve followed the various shenanigans and frauds perpetrated by Mossad and MEK in the past understand the truth that is concealed here: that the information fed to MEK is fraudulent. But by laundering and having an ostensibly Iranian group release it, it has more credibility among the world press.

The irony of such acts of terror committed by the Mossad is that they supposedly relieve pressure to attack Iran head on with a military strike to knock out its nuclear targets.

On a related subject, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (Turner Overdrive), attempting to outdo her rivals in fawning obeisance to Israeli interests, claimed that with Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions:

The table is being set for worldwide nuclear war against Israel.

Frankly, I don’t know who’s worse, the mystic, megalomaniacs in Tel Aviv plotting a military strike against Teheran or their enablers within the far-right confines of the Republican Party.

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  • Rafi November 13, 2011, 11:11 PM

    Terror is when you attack civilians, to call an attack on a missile (and intelligence) base, where no civilians died, an act “of the Israeli terror machine”, is ironically preposterous, but expected from the great world fixer.

    Israel and Iran are at war, have been for quite some time, this attack is not a casus belli because it is intra-bellum.

    your heart may bleed for the RG and it’s missiles, and I’m sure you wouldn’t mind to see Tehran saddled with nukes, but in my book, the mystic, megalomaniac enabler within the far-left confines of this blog is much worse than the likud or the gop crazies, at least they know who their enemies are

    • Richard Silverstein November 14, 2011, 12:03 AM

      You have a lot of nerve trying to force me to hew precisely to dictionary definitions then grandiosely overstating the state of relations between Iran & Israel. If Iran was truly at war with Israel then you’d be seeing lots of blood flowing down the streets of your town. Since your country hasn’t fought a war that truly threatened yr existence in many decades you apparently don’t know what a real war is like. I have news for you. When Iran is really at war with you–you’ll know.

      My heart doesn’t bleed for the IRG, nor does it bleed for the deluded like you. And if you lie about my views in a future comment you’ll be banned. When you accuse me of something, you find facts to back up that accusation or you’re outa here. You’re a liar. I hate liars.

      • abraxas November 14, 2011, 3:03 AM

        Do you know what war is?
        Out of your sentence there you came out as a real hard vet.
        You even know what a ‘real’ war is?

        You’ll have to explain that one to myself too. Especially what wars you have experienced giving you such a broad knowledge of its definitions.

        What is a ‘real’ war?

        Especially what knowledge of Modern warfare and Israeli warfare in particular you have.

        And an idea of the amount of blood you saw pouring down a street or a human being would be good too.

        Because as a person who boasts on their pacifism, neutrality, experience, equilibrium and inside know-it-all knowledge
        you come out pretty empty to any of the above – especially to any one with real knowledge, or an inch of those traits.

        I have no problem with you expressing your views and itch to print anything up, but please don’t get carried away.
        Especially citing views on subjects you clearly have no idea about and as the look of it – never will.

        So I ask you to stick to your own advice, quote hard evidence and ‘real’ experts. Think twice, and quit being so easy on that ‘trigger’.

        Happy Holidays.

  • Chayma November 14, 2011, 12:59 AM

    Richard,

    Stick to the topic even if others don’t. I’ll take the matter up with anyone else who goes off the beaten path.

    Just to clarify, that wasn’t a conspiracy theory I voiced, it was Ray who claimed that it was.

    My point was soley this: that the UN made a decision to declare war based on evidence gleaned from intelligence sources. That is not a conspiracy. It is a fact. Thus, when a country claims a decision to bomb or attack based on intelligence it shouldn’t be reason to reject it. Granted this can be abused, but that’s something we have to live with. We cannot accept that intelligence which we like, and reject the rest as lies if we don’t like it.

    Ray

    So you think it an open question who was behind the 9/11 attacks? And since Bin Laden was never brought to trial and never will be, you will continue to entertain the possibility

    That was not point. It wasn’t about whether Bin Laden was behind it or not. It was about the fact that the war on terror then was based on intelligence reports.

    I used that particular example there as everyone will know about it, but there are plenty of examples. Countries would not need intelligence services, if routine police work could uncover information or secure the defence of the nation.

  • adam November 14, 2011, 1:51 AM

    you say in your reply to Mr. Al Bundy; I’ve noted that Iranian sources claim it was an accident. But when someone as authoritative as my source tells me something’s happened, I take notice. You may think or say whatever you wish.

    -

    When someone as authoritative as my source tells me that he saw Christ, flesh and blood yesterday at the grocery store I take notice. You may think or say whatever you wish.

    • Richard Silverstein November 14, 2011, 3:06 AM

      Your source sounds like a lunatic. Mine doesn’t have visions as yours seems to. If you wouldn’t blow his cover I’d even suggest you start using my source instead of your own.

  • golden November 14, 2011, 5:44 AM

    Thanks for the information. The world is a very interesting place affected by the dynamics of billions of people. Un-named sources are often as good as named ones, probably better when tested over time. The usual public political/news sources are often the usual stooges who make a living out of fact manipulation. I saw the reference to you in the British Press, not the US press. Keep on blogging. Best regards to all readers.

  • Bob Mann November 14, 2011, 5:54 AM

    This blog post has drawn a lot of attention.

    One wonders what the fallout of this revelation would be?

    Seems like it would bring the two sides closer to an out-an-out large scale military conflict rather than further away from one.

    As someone who promotes peace, wouldn’t your aims be better served by not stoking these fires with stories like this.

    It seems like even the Iranians would prefer to label this incident “an accident” – even if it wasn’t.

    If it gets out that your version is 100 percent verified, it might force Iran into a situation where it would need to retaliate in some way to save face.

    Is that something we want to see happen?

    • Richard Silverstein November 14, 2011, 3:00 PM

      After the Mossad was likely responsible for a bomb blast that killed one of Iran’s highest military commanders not to mention all the other crap it’s inflicted on Iran, you blame ME for bringing the 2 sides closer to war? Is that really what you wrote? Have you taken leave of your senses? I just report the stories. I don’t plant the bombs. For fault or guilt you’ll have to look elsewhere.

      My idea of peace is not doing the crap that Israel is doing (nor the crap that Iran is doing as well). I’m not responsible for whether Iran retaliates. Israel is responsible for committing the crime to begin with. And if Iran harms civilians it will be responsible for that. But blaming me is a load of horse manure.

  • dan November 14, 2011, 6:18 AM

    I am led to believe from my sources that Elmo from Sesame Street is responsible for this covert operation. I am worried that Iran may take action against Sesame Street

    • Richard Silverstein November 14, 2011, 9:00 PM

      My sources tell me Elmo is quite unhappy with you exploiting him for narrow political propaganda.

  • Sal November 14, 2011, 6:23 AM

    If Israel’s behind this then I hope the Mossad agents are captured & tried. Iran should definitely retaliate against such aggression.

  • Anonymous Coward November 14, 2011, 8:28 AM

    Awww, diddums! Poor wittle director of the IRGC Jihad Self-Sufficiency Organization! All he wanted to do was rain Scuds down on the infidel like novelty hailstones!

    • Richard Silverstein November 15, 2011, 11:29 PM

      When the PFLP assassinated Rehavam Zeevi there were Palestinians rejoicing just like you are about the murder of Moghadam. What will satisfy you? When the blood of both countries generals and leaders is flowing in the streets? Because I assure you it won’t just be Iranian blood. Israeli blood will flow as well. That’s the way the laws of the jungle–of which you approve–work.

  • PersianAdvocate November 14, 2011, 10:21 AM

    Um Pentagon attack was considered a terrorist act. These people don’t check their own arguments before submitting them. Either they’re hoping we’re all as dumb as them or they just really are dumb themselves.

  • Sally November 14, 2011, 11:44 AM

    I love Iranian people, they are sweet, I would hate to see any harm come to them, but what is Israel supposed to do if they are saying that Israel should be wiped out? Sadly it’s their crazy Quran that teaches them this, they really need to be set free from the crazy teachings of Islam, may God help them, and set them free.

    • Richard Silverstein November 14, 2011, 2:51 PM

      The day when you’re willing to be set free from the “Crazy teachings” of your religion & everyone else is set free of the teachings of their respective religions & will be the day when Iranians should be set free of the so-called crazy teachings of Islam. Pls. reply & let me know that you approve of this plan so we can begin implementing it.

      In the meantime, your comment was racist, which is prohibited in this blog. Islamophobia is not permitted here.

      • David November 15, 2011, 10:58 AM

        Sally — they need to be set free? There’s an objective point of view! You could use a little “freeing up” yourself, as Richard indicates.

      • ProudZionist777 November 16, 2011, 3:48 PM

        And blowing up the Israeli and Saudi Embassies in the middle of Washington D.C. is what Richard?

        • Richard Silverstein November 16, 2011, 8:20 PM

          Do u have any proof that there was such a conspiracy beyond the word of a convicted drug dealer & his wife-beating accomplice? I did’t think so.

          • ProudZionist777 November 16, 2011, 8:37 PM

            President Obama and Attorney General Holder, put their political reputations on the line and stood by the indictment.

            Unless they both are trying to emulate Colin Powell in his testimony before Congress, you have to assume that the indictment to bomb the embassies is trial worthy.

          • Richard Silverstein November 17, 2011, 1:22 AM

            I think it’s a great big crock of doo-doo. That’s how highly I think of their case. In fact, Gareth Porter reports that Arbabsiar isn’t the target of the investigation at all & that he either won’t be prosecuted or will plead to a much lesser charge. Porter says the real target was the IRG & they got nothing & no one on that score.

          • Scott November 26, 2011, 8:50 AM

            Care to reply to me?

          • Richard Silverstein November 26, 2011, 2:26 PM

            You’re an ignorant racist twit. How’s that for a response? And if you post any more of your ignorant rants you’ll lose yr comment privileges. Read the comment rules before commenting here again.

  • Joe Blow November 14, 2011, 1:11 PM

    MEK are uncredible and have a lot of blood on their hands including the blood of Iranians as well as many American military advisers who worked in a US friendly Iran during the 1970s reign of the Shah. MEK leaders tell their members to commit self-immolation as publicity stunts in European and western capitals to gain media attention for their “cause”. They heavily brainwash their members.

    During the Iran-Iraq war they were responsible for many Iranian deaths and autrocities. I was born in a town 100 miles east from the Iraqi border, I was 5 when my teenage brother volunteered to the militia to help defend the town from Saddam’s last ditched effort to conquer Iran. Saddam sent his MEK pawns into Iran before the ceasefire with all of the best equipment he could give them. My brother told me stories of how the MEK would station Anti Aircraft cannons on the sides of the mountain and aim them down to the traffic clogged highway so they could reign down death onto civilians fleeing their advance.

  • David November 14, 2011, 1:35 PM

    I really like “ann”‘s analogy about native americans attacking New York because it acknowledges that there were (are) natives in the land of Israel and suggests that these natives have been forcibly placed on “reservations”, by analogy. For her information, there were very active and violent native american movements in this country and the outcome was a better accommodation of their needs by the US government. But, accommodation is the last thing on Ann’a mind. So, she doesn’t draw the right conclusion. I suspect she is thinking how to better run the reservations such that the natives just rot away.

    • ann November 15, 2011, 4:46 AM

      David please read what i wrote(unlike the Palestinians)
      I don’t say that they don’t deserve a country. i’m saying that if someone (it doesnt matter who) was bombing the USA you can be sure that it will start a war. but if someone is bombing Israel then they cannot fire back

      • David November 15, 2011, 10:53 AM

        Yes, the right to self-defense and defense of the homeland which is just what Hamas and other fighters are doing. But, what about accommodation? What accomodations have Israel ever made now that it is grabbing the entirety of mandate Palestine? What amends have been forthcoming? Nothing, that’s what and that’s why I remain active on the other side of the question.

        • Ben November 16, 2011, 5:17 AM

          Let me remind you that Gaza is NOT occupied, not even 1inch of Gaza,.
          everything was returned.

          So what logical reason do they have to shoot rockets at Israel?

          • Richard Silverstein November 16, 2011, 12:43 PM

            Gaza certainly is occupied acc to the standards of international law. Any area that is under siege w all ports of entry controlled by foreign entity is considered “occupied.”

      • Richard Silverstein November 15, 2011, 8:08 PM

        No one is bombing the U.S. because we’ve worked out our relationships with our neighbors. Israel is being bombarded because it enforces an Occupation & sits on land not its own in violation of international law.

        • ann November 16, 2011, 4:15 AM

          Richard- again…not your land Indians land. the difference between U.S. and Israel is that the U.S can do what ever they want because who will take action against such a big empire. i will say again – Iraq. maybe you will understand that the fact you attacked Iraq for no good reason is saying alot.

          David- maybe you need to learn the diffrent between defense and offense. Hamas does not defend anything! they are throwing missiles from schools and from populated areas, do you think that this is taking care of their people?
          if they would put some of the money they are throwing on bombs and missiles and build better buildings/schools/health
          and trying to have peace with the Israelis they could have tourism because the beach in Gaza suppose to be one of the most beautiful ones. Tourism will get them jobs (hotels, stores, taxies, resturants ect.) so please. do me a favor defending themselves and taking care of the citizens

          • David November 16, 2011, 11:10 AM

            Hamas defends the rights of the Palestinians, you know those rights that don’t exist for Israel. As for “peace” — you really mean peace of Israel’s terms and these are unacceptable. Again, Israel gives nothing ever, takes everything and wonders why the state is so universally despised. And why build better buildings for the F-16′s to bomb or better homes for the bulldozers? Israel had opportunities to come to terms with Palestinians in Arafat’s day because he was for compromise, but Israel missed the chance and maybe more since. Give nothing, take everything and to hell with what anyone thinks. That’s pretty much it, isn’t it?

          • David November 16, 2011, 11:14 AM

            And if Israel is such a thriving place, why do American taxpayers give each Israeli “citizen” a $500 check every year? Take and take.

          • ann November 17, 2011, 1:19 AM

            You really think that the U.S doesn’t need Israel then you are living in a movie! and i really hope its a good one. the Americans use Israeli intelligence its a give and take relationship. and for the bullshit you say about Arafat just shows that they got you brain washed darling. did you know that Arafat took all the aid money palestine got and put it in his own bank account? well that sounds like someone who you can make peace with. someone who truely take care of his citizens! i can understand act of war. i cannot understand terror!! and if Hamas cares so much for the people there like you say do you really thing they was throwing missiles from populated areas? the answer is no. I invite you to come and live in Israel for few months live in Sderot join the IDF and then you can tell me that Hamas is good for the Palestinians and that Israel attack them for no good reason!
            and by the way Israel is a country voted for in the UN so do me a favor the one living in a place that does not belong to them are the Palestinians

          • David November 17, 2011, 10:21 AM

            I have (elsewhere) invited American Zionists and supporters of Israel to go and live in Israel, just like ann suggests for me, but nobody wants to relocate, can you believe it? Easier to send money and be sanctimonious.
            As for ann, the “darling”s and “honey”s are a truly obnoxious condescending tone (and the arguments are a bit hard to find.)

          • ann November 20, 2011, 1:31 AM

            You can come and stay even for a week or two.
            you think that me calling you “honey” is a” truly obnoxious condescending tone”.
            well how do you call “Hamas defends the rights of the Palestinians, you know those rights that don’t exist for Israel”? i call it – truly obnoxious condescending tone

          • Richard Silverstein November 20, 2011, 1:53 AM

            Cut out the snark & fake bonhomie. If he doesn’t like what you call him, stop doing it. Period.

          • ann November 20, 2011, 2:31 AM

            Richard you are so right!
            I don’t like the things you’re saying about Israel. stop it. period.

          • Richard Silverstein November 20, 2011, 2:44 PM

            Don’t be dense & pls. hold the feeble attempts at wit. While feeble wit doesn’t break any comment rules it is boring. Being boring should be a comment rule violation but isn’t yet. I might have to make an exception for u though.

          • ann November 21, 2011, 12:01 AM

            “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.” – Albert Einstein
            I think you prove his theory, at least you can be happy for doing something important with your life

            You don’t anything intelligent to say so you base your argumant on snarky comments. you remind me kids in kindergarden.

          • Richard Silverstein November 21, 2011, 1:54 AM

            I guess you didn’t care to continue here. Your violations of the comment rules have gotten you moderated. If you comment again & violate the rules again you’ll be banned.

  • Genius November 15, 2011, 3:55 AM

    Your unverified speculations could cause some unhinged idiot to start a conflagration with serious consequences for the region and the world. Your anti-Israel (Zionist) bias is well known. Stick to facts, not speculation and propaganda. The written word can be a terrible weapon…read Goebels!!

    • Richard Silverstein November 15, 2011, 1:50 PM

      By “unhinged idiot” are you possibly referring to Bibi Netanyahu & Ehud Barak? Or some other unhinged idiot?

      The missile base attack is accepted wisdom by now corroborated by Iranian government sources today for the first time. SOrry to disappoint you.

  • Genius November 16, 2011, 9:07 PM

    Do youf sincerely believe in your Jewish heart that the boys in the Turbans in Iran want to build electricity generated nucleur
    plants. There may be an “unhinged idiot” praying five times a day for the destruction of Israel out there.

  • Exodus November 18, 2011, 4:18 AM

    Seeing all this from distant, being an ordinary voting European citizen without ties to neither Iran nor Israel. Please help me to understand the following questions that come up when following the news flow and blogs. I really want to understand and I know it sounds naïve below, but hey most things in life come down to very simple principles but we cannot see them for all the details branched out from them. It also might reflect how an average European looks at the conflict. Pls note that when I refer to Israel, I foremost refer to its right-wing politics, not its people and country (Likud seems a bit of an extreme party compared to most Israelis I have met). Neither have I mixed religion within this.

    1. Why do Israel really wants to escalate into a conflict with Iran – every passus written is about Israel trying all means hard to find reasons for a fight. From what I can read, Iran has never said it actually, for real, cares about Israel in the first place, don’t have a logic nor strategic incentive to attack or being a treat to the land nor its people.
    From what I can read, Israel trying very hard to demonize Iran and have lobbying long and hard for it, and Iran seems very annoyed by it and respond to it accordingly, not very intelligent though (like two children starting a row). But why did Israel start with it in the first place, and if Israel tomorrow would stop all propaganda etc, wouldn’t it just all this just stop after a while (there are no more fuel to conflict)? An analogy: If a child throw sand in the other child’s eyes, the other child is responding by throwing sand back, why is the other child the one that commit the most wrongdoing, why don’t we ask why the first child throw sand in the first place?

    2. Related to Israel’s own hidden development of nuclear weapons, which was revealed – I cannot feel Israel is legitimate bearer of critics, isn’t smarter letting else doing the talk?

    3. Why do we still refer to statements such as “wipe out Israel of the map” when the intention with the speech/interview was deliberately miss-quoted (see full interview and the meaning becomes actually different), aren’t we more clever than base opinions/feelings on miss-interpret information, what do we want to achieve by misinterpret? Is like watching FOX news reading much articles, in times like this, we need to be super careful with facts, else at the end, in a full blown conflict normal families etc have to pay a high price, something nobody really wants. Distinguish facts from feelings is key when dealing with a conflict.

    4. Is much of Israel national political psyche focused around deterrence and threats, does it works as fuel and glue to always have threats and enemies to deal with?

    5. Lastly, why are Palestinians miss treated and step by step ousted from the region in a Swiss cheese fashion, don’t we have enough evidence from past generations in US, EU, Africa among indigenous tribes and various cultures, religions and people, in peace and war, to respect humanity and rights, and to protect weakness and preserve; as fundamental principles. Is this why the Arabic/muslim countries pissed-off on Israel due to this? If Israel would start support Palestinians, working with them instead of against and allow them their own country (in a more generous fashion), wouldn’t much of the tension with the Arabic/muslim countries being solved by this?

    Someone needs to be nice before it becomes nicer, why cannot just Israel give away more land than requested, being generous. Israel would be seen as saint in all history books thereafter and any conflicts/self-bombing etc would probably immediately stop.

  • Evan November 20, 2011, 7:23 AM

    “my source has never been wrong so far in the reports he’s offered.”

    Richard, has he ever broken any such story before? Have you ever carried them? If so, which ones? If not, why not? Has he offered stories to other sources?

    • Richard Silverstein November 20, 2011, 2:48 PM

      Yes, he’s a regular source and helped break a number of important stories. I’d rather not be more specific.

  • Jerrell December 2, 2011, 9:38 AM

    Ha ha ha. Israeli terror machine. How Orwellian of you. Control the language.

  • don December 13, 2011, 1:37 PM

    You just serve the not-patriotic and leftist press of Israel, with your fantasy.. They quote you because of your arrogant leftist tendency. Fantasy goes with fantasy, lies with lies. “Sources”… alek

  • AFIntelGuy February 9, 2012, 2:23 PM

    I will admit Mossad is a very shifty group… But MEK is not a terrorist group. Yes they’ve conducted attacks/assassinations which resulted in civilian casualties but when interviewed by the FBI at Camp Ashraf (current home of 3400 Iranian dissidents) they told FBI that was never their intentions. If anything they should be called a resistance group trying to promote freedom and human right in Iran. Look at the history of MEK and you will find the 16 point plan they proposed. Most of the points talking about freedoms for Iranian citizens, similiar to the first amendment of our own constitution. They are one of the few groups willing to take the Iranian Regime head-on. Calling them a terrorist group would be like calling the Free Syrian Army a terrorist group… They are fighting the Assad Regime because he is a ruthless dictator much like Khomeni of Iran. So put your liberal biases aside and look at real facts and history of MEK.

    • Richard Silverstein February 9, 2012, 6:05 PM

      This comment is so full of nonsense & wish fulfillment I hardly know where to start.

      MEK IS a resistance group. A resistance group dedicated to terror, assassinations, bombings, & other mass mayhem in order to gain their objectives. Their goal is not a democratic Iran. Their goal is a militant dictatorship under their control.

      As for the Free Syrian Army, I have very little faith that this group will liberate Syria & lead it to democracy & freedom. Any more than the MEK will. And the idea that the FSA will liberate Syria & make it friendly to the west is a fantasy only a neocon could love.