Ahmad BaaraanParis-FranceJune 27, 2008ABaaraan@yahoo.fr
Despite many clear evidencepointing to the contrary, thereare still some who when theyhear about a hideous act of terror, they naturally think thatthe person or the group whocommitted it is in one way oranother lunatic. Well, this maybe true in some cases, but it isnot in most other situations.Indeed, the terrorists of ourtime have proven to be smart,sophisticated, and well capableto highjack even our own de-mocratic judicial and executivesystems and turn them againstus before our eyes. This leadsme to say that to effectivelycombat terrorism, we need ashift in our view about terror-ists and their tactics. For aslong as we continue hanging toour old thinking, they (the ter-rorists) can easily manipulateour very system that is sup-posed to shield us from theiracts. A recent UK court rulingin favor of de-listing an Iranianterror group speaks volumesabout how easily our legal sys-tems can be manipulated.
A common deceptive tactic thathas been overlooked by EU of-ficials is that terror groups op-erate under various aliases andmantles. This is an effectivetactic that enables them tocontinue their operation on oursoil even when they arebanned. For example, the PMOIhas many aliases such as MeK,MKO, NCRI, NLA, to name afew. But all refer to the samegroup, the Mojahdeen-e Khalgh(MeK). When the group waslisted in the EU terror list, itsmembers continued their ac-tivities under the façade of NCRI. The US State Depart-ment discovered this manipu-lative tactic by MeK and addedthe NCRI to the terror list in2004. A judicial decision inWashington DC also concludedthat NCRI is just an alias of theMeK, effectively rejecting thegroup’s claim that the two aretwo separate entities. 362 U.S.App. D.C. 143; 373 F.3d 152
Now the question is how long itwould take for EU to realise theNCRI is the same as PMOI, andPMOI is just another name forNLA, and NLA just anotheralias for MKO?
Another devastating flaw in ourcurrent thinking of terrorism iseven more serious when wetend to downplay or ignore ter-ror acts perpetrated on otherpeople or nations, and frownonly when we or our interestsare targeted. Thus giving ter-rorists another false pretext toargue that since we are notdirectly targeted by their acts,we cannot call them terrorists!In this distorted view and in-terpretation of terrorism, weseem to be content when oth-ers are targeted by the sameterrorists. Terror groups likePMOI want us to be indifferentto the life and death of theirvictims only because these vic-tims live outside of EU bounda-ries. We should not play intotheir hands, and we need to beaware of such manipulativetactics. The current US Secre-tary of State, Dr. Rice, oncesaid that a terrorist is a terror-ist, is a terrorist. Alas! Thisseems to have fallen on deaf ears with some EU officials.
To protect our citizens andthose of other nations, weneed to outsmart the terrorgroups, and to foil their decep-tive tactics. When a terror or-ganization like PMOI is banned,it is imperative to list all otheraliases used by the group, orelse expect them to be at yourdoor the next day, albeit undera different name.review the list of terrorist or-ganizations at a meeting inLuxembourg next Monday.The issue, however, has beendropped from the meeting'sagenda pending a decision bythe British Parliament on takingthe terrorist group off the UK's
Thu, 12 Jun 2008
EU diplomats say the blochas postponed a decision onwhether to remove the Mu- jahedin Khalq Organizationfrom its list of terroristgroups.
A diplomat said on Wednesdaythat European Union foreignministers had been expected toblacklist, the diplomat added.The MKO, which is blacklistedby many countries as a terror-ist organization, has so farclaimed responsibility for manyterror attacks inside Iran.It is also accused of assistingformer Iraqi dictator SaddamHussein in the massacre of thousands of Iraqi civilians.
Combating Terrorism Requires New Outlook
EU postpones decision on MKO
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