State Sponsored Terrorism

To anyone knowledgeable of the history of America’s covert operations, this latest expose from Seymour Hersh should come as no surprise. It turns out that the US has been secretly training terrorists, to attack countries we oppose.

From 2005 to 2007, the US Joint Special Operations Command, using the Department of Energy’s Nevada National Security Site, trained the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, “a dissident Iranian opposition group known in the West as the M.E.K. The M.E.K. had its beginnings as a Marxist-Islamist student-led group and, in the nineteen-seventies, it was linked to the assassination of six American citizens.”

While this training took place under the Bush Administration, support for the MEK continues today. In fact many prominent American anti-terrorist experts, who demonize terrorism when employed by Muslims, or brown foreigners, have become well compensated lobbyists for the MEK, designated a “foreign terrorist organization” by the US State Department in 1997.

Allan Gerson, a Washington attorney for the M.E.K., notes that the M.E.K. has publicly and repeatedly renounced terror. And he asks a good question–” How can the U.S. train those on State’s foreign terrorist list, when others face criminal penalties for providing a nickel to the same organization?”

All this raises an interesting question. When is a terrorist not a terrorist? That, of course is obvious. When they’re our terrorists, silly.

The War on Terror has always been a sick joke, and the hypocrisy among our erstwhile leaders is stunning. How the fuck can you have a war against a unconventional method of war, when it’s something the US uses when it suits them?

In our Humpty-Dumpty milieu, where words are malleable, and the rule of law is for the little people, I often turn to Lewis Carroll for clarity.

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone. “It means just what I choose it to mean – neither more or less.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all.”

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