Danny Postel analyses the politics of the Iranian organisation the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) – “an Islamist-Stalinist cult that was on Saddam’s payroll and the State Department considers a terrorist organization” – and points out that it has some unlikely allies:
“Here you have virtually everything the Right claims to oppose all rolled into one: Islamism, Marxism, terrorism, and Saddam. Naturally, then, neoconservatives would utterly deplore the MEK and everything it stands for, right? The MEK would in fact make an ideal target for Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week and Terrorism Awareness efforts, no?
“Well, no. At least one of the carnival’s acts, it turns out, is rather fond of the Islamo-Stalinist-terrorist cult group, and has repeatedly argued for the removal of the MEK from the State Department’s list of terrorist groups and indeed urged the U.S. government to embrace it. Daniel Pipes, who will be speaking at Tufts on October 24th as part of the Horowitz high jinks, has made the MEK a recurring theme in his writings going back several years.”
Clearly, “Islamo-Fascist terror groups” are OK with Pipes so long as their Islamo-Fascist terrorist activities are aimed at the government of Iran.