Since 1979 there has been someone pushing for an open conflict with Iran…..almost weekly there is an op-ed or a report from this group or that basically demanding that the US step up and go to war with Iran….mostly to help make Israel secure.
Some of these calling for action are true opponents of the regime in power in Tehran….and some are false and just trying to add fuel to the fires of misinformation….
The American Conservative has had an excellent article spotlighting this….
There is at least one more foreign policy opinion writer from the Mujahideen-eKhalq (MEK) whose existence is dubious, based on a study by a social media analyst and statements from a defector from the group. Amir Basiri, who contributed to Forbes 9 times, the Washington Examiner 52 times, OpenDemocracy, Algemeiner, and The Hill once also appears to be a fabrication.
The MEK is an Iranian exile group for which John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, and other foreign policy luminaries have given paid speeches. Dems like Joe Lieberman and Howard Dean have also spoken on their behalf. But the group has American blood on its hands, has been accused of practicing forced sterilization, and their belief system has been described as a mixture of Marxism and Islamism. Its supporters claim they, and their front group the National Council of Resistance of Iran, are a sort of government-in-exile, despite nearly nonexistent support for the group within Iran. They also have waged a substantial disinformation campaign in the Western press, in particular targeting conservative media.
“Amir Basiri and Heshmat Alavi are two fake accounts,” Hassan Heyrani, an MEK defector told TAC. “At Camp Liberty, near the BIAP airport in Iraq, I was in the political unit of the organization with some of the persons who grew up in America and Canada. We worked as a team to write the articles analyzing the Iranian regime. The MEK put them in The Washington Post and all the newspapers in Western countries.”
If you read something about Iran please check the person writing the op-ed and the “facts” they offer….the author may be pulling the war chain in the minds of Americans.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”