John Hughes: U.S. decision on dissidents will affect relationship with Iran

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  • Jim
    Sept. 12, 2009 6:28 p.m.

    The PMOI is listed by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization because in the 1970's they killed Lt. Col. Louis Lee Hawkins, Col. Paul Shaffer and Lt. Col. Jack Turner. All of whom were US personnel stationed in Iran.

    They also killed William Cottrell, Donald Smith, and Robert Krongard (US contractors working in Iran in the 1976).

    They failled in previous attempts to kill U.S. Ambassador to Iran Douglas MacArthur II (1971), Brig. Gen. Harold Price (left wounded 1972).

    They also participated in the US embassy takeover after the revolution.

  • Ali Sdaeq
    Sept. 12, 2009 6:04 p.m.

    Well written article. The Iranian opposition PMOI are not terrorist. They should be removed from the list. PMOI won a legal battle in Europe and they were removed from the European list.
    Iranians view PMOI as the main opposition to the Iranian regime and not a terrorist. PMOI can play a significant role in bringing dempovrcay in Iran the stability for middle east.

  • Richard
    Sept. 11, 2009 9:57 p.m.

    When president Bush declared a crusade war against Islam it changed the political balance and changed the internal politics and economy of the United States for all time. Things will never go back to being the way they were. It is a new era and the Amerian people will have to adapt to a lesser world influence and presense. The United States will come to resemble an advanced third nation country with a 5% + - elite rich class, almost no middle class, and a 90 +% poor class. It will be a much different social and economic culture than what we know today

  • Joe Moe
    Sept. 11, 2009 3:12 p.m.


    You should be careful before you open your mouth. The Middle East is a region; Asia is a continent. The Middle East is part of Asia.

  • You are an idiot
    Sept. 11, 2009 1:24 p.m.

    RE: Nuke Master

    "USA out of Asian politics! Of course this nation reserves the right to protect itself, good and hard, should an Asian nation allow its terrorists to ever strike at us again."

    This article has nothing to do with Asia since both Iraq and Iran are Middle Eastern countries. Idiot!!

  • Amir
    Sept. 11, 2009 11:47 a.m.

    But our own government consider the group a terrorist organisation.Is there such thing as good terroist and bad terrorist?

  • Ahangar
    Sept. 11, 2009 11:20 a.m.

    It would be a disaster for any Iranian dissident to be forced to go back to Iran, but it would be a crime for US to let it happen. It is obvious that we should stand on the side of Iranian dissident not Iranian regime. Unless we think that Iranian regime is our friend! I do not thinks that is what any American think on this anniversary of Sept. 11.

  • Joe Moe
    Sept. 11, 2009 10:40 a.m.

    I thought, this is incredibly complicated, and it makes me glad I don't have to make the call.

    Then I remembered simple axiom: do what is right, let the consequence follow.

    We can't tie ourselves in knots trying to foresee nuanced outcomes from present decisions. The US promised protection to this group, and the group cooperated. We should honor our word. Let Iran and Iraq choose their own reaction.

  • Persian
    Sept. 11, 2009 9:22 a.m.

    The Peoples Mujahedeen in years after the removal of the show, were the only hope for Iranians against the fanatical regime.

    My father came to this country because things got so bad there..

    I think it is horrible if we don't help those people who have stood for the very same things this country is built upon. They have provided us with good information, and we promised them protection. If we don't live up to our promises, our outlook to everyday Iranians who hate the regime, will still view the Americans as liars.

    I think its imperative we show the world we are thankful for the help we have received from them.

  • CJ3
    Sept. 11, 2009 9:00 a.m.

    It may be too late to help the dissidents that helped the US. They should've been escorted elsewhere before it came to this. Sticky situation. Do nothing, and their favors are repaid with a death sentence where they stand. Do anything, and someone gets upset. Free them, and who's to say they won't terrorize again.

    There's a good chance this plays out at a local level, without intervention.

  • Nuke Master
    Sept. 11, 2009 8:05 a.m.

    USA out of Asian politics! Of course this nation reserves the right to protect itself, good and hard, should an Asian nation allow its terrorists to ever strike at us again.