Yeah, $75 m Should Cover It
TEHRAN - Washington's latest policy of putting more pressure on Iran through securing additional funding for "democracy-promoting" activities inside Iran has been greeted with official and popular rejection, even open derision, in Tehran.
"I think the Americans have no idea of what they're talking about," said Mamak Nourbaksh, a teacher of English literature. "No one is going to touch them [the funds], no one will work with them."
That last sentence may not be so true. There is one group who would eagerly take the funds, the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), a Marxist-Islamist organization.
The MEK has been registered by the State Department as a terrorist organization for the past 10 years, but now neo-conservative factions of the Bush administration are lobbying hard to remove it from the list.
Oh, did I forget to mention the MEK are hated in Iran because they sided with Iran during the Iran-Iraq war?