Joby Warrick reports in the Washington Post on Sy Hersh’s report of US financial support for terrorist groups like the MEK and “Baluchi” groups to undermine the Iranian regime and cause unrest. According to various reports the CIA has in the past supported a Baluchi terrorist group Jundullah (with ties to the Taliban) to carry out bus bombing and beheadings in Iran. The MEK is a Marxist-Islamist group with a long history of terrorism inside Iran and cooperation with Saddam Hussein— the group is even included in the US State Department’s list of “foreign terrorist organizations.”
Despite all this, the Washington Post does not see fit to use the word “terrorist” to describe the groups instead opting for “rebel groups,” dissidents,” or even “established resistance groups.” Curiously, this same standard is not applied when discussing other “terror”—related subjects by the same author in the same paper.
Irancove @ June 30, 2008