As the United States ramps up its sanctions campaign against the Islamic Republic of Iran to pressure it to stop its regional aggression and support for global terrorism, its North American supporters aggressively push pro-regime propaganda.
An editorial in the August issue of the Ontario-based Crescent International magazine calls terrorism an “integral part of U.S. foreign policy.” It decries support by the U.S. and Iran’s arch-enemy Saudi Arabia for the Mujahideen-e Khalq Organization (MKO), an exiled Iranian dissident group that seeks to overthrow Iran’s government.
“With zero support in Iran and its ranks rapidly dwindling, how does MKO finance its programs?” asked Crescent International editor Zafar Bangash. “The Saudi regime funds them lavishly. The terrorists in turn pay tons of money to greedy and corrupt American officials and politicians. Not surprisingly it has become well known that America has the best democracy money can buy. We can add to this another truism: terrorism is an integral part of US foreign policy.”
Bangash praised Iran’s Islamic Revolution in a 2008 op-ed and predicted its expansion to other parts of the Muslim world: “What Iran’s Islamic Revolution demonstrates is that, once it succeeds in overthrowing an imposed order, a truly Islamic movement becomes impervious to foreign machinations because it enjoys the support of its people.”