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    This shouldn't be surprising, cause Howard Dean is shilling for MEK, a shady exiled Iranian group that's sole purpose is the overthrow of the regime.
    MEK are not choirboys. They have a past, to be sure.

    The U.S guaranteed their safety at the beginning of the war. In exchange for relinquishing their guns, we promised them protection. The refugees at Camp Ashraf, all Iranian dissidents, were granted “protected persons” status under the Fourth Geneva Convention. The U.S. also guaranteed their safety in writing when the camp was initially organized. Want to file a complaint? Leave it with Donald Rumsfeld, who made the decision.

    Despite reassurances to the US of ensuring proper treatment, the Iraqi Government not only restricted the free flow of food, maintenance and medical supplies, and denied residents the ability to move without restriction in and out of the camp. It also carried out attacks on them at the behest of Iran.

    In 2009 and 2011 the camp was attacked resulting in numerous deaths. In 2009, Iraqi security personnel forcibly entered the camp using tear gas, water cannons, batons, guns, and military vehicles. According to Amnesty International, video of the attack appeared to show Iraqi troops “deliberately driving military vehicles into crowds."

    In 2011, Iraqi security forces again forced their way into Ashraf and attacked them, using armored personnel carriers and Humvees. As before, Amnesty International reported video that appeared to show Iraqi soldiers firing guns indiscriminately into crowds and using vehicles to try to run them down.

    In 2011 they were moved to Camp Liberty which can charitably be described as a slum: Inadequate living conditions, a broken sewerage system, no potable water, no medical facilities, no reliable food delivery or power grid.

    Camp Liberty has been attacked repeatedly by rocket fire. In 2013, the Iraqis again attacked the camp. Photographs show some residents handcuffed behind their backs before they were shot in the back of the head. 7 hostages were taken by the Iraqis and haven't been released.

    There's plenty of video of Dean speaking out against the US for failing to uphold the commitment it made to protect the MEK's human rights. But since you were apparently looking for any excuse to drop a GBCW diary on Howard Dean, you selectively omitted this part of the editorial:

    According to independent U.N. reports , two-thirds of 687 confirmed executions in Iran in 2013, including political executions, took place during Rouhani’s presidency. This year has not been any better; there have been 180 executions, many of them public.

    Hanging people in public squares and public places, regardless of the crime they have committed, is barbaric. It belies the propaganda about “moderate” Rouhani. It is carried out to intimidate an angry and disillusioned society that the mullahs have no other way to contain. The desire for change is pervasive in Iran, in particular among women, who are treated as second-class citizens, and youth (55 percent of Iranians are younger than 30), who have little hope that their desires will be met under the mullahs’ rule.

    Oh, and the headline of this commentary that so disgusted you?

    In Dealing With Iran, Human Rights Must Have Priority

    So not only are you a "former Deaniac," which I doubt you ever truly were, you apparently have no concern for human rights, the fact that the US has not followed through on a commitment or only the human rights of people you deem worthwhile should be defended.

    Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

    Liberal: "I still think it's a respectable word. Its root is "liber," the Latin word for "free," and isn't that what we are all about?"--Mary McGrory

    by mini mum on Thu May 08, 2014 at 08:49:50 AM PDT

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