Amid all the reports about the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regime's continued military and political setbacks at home and abroad, it was astonishing to see Shireen Hunter blame the current predicament of the regime, the direct consequence of nine years of repressive and brutal rule, on outside powers ("U.S. Must Make Up Its Mind on Gulf Goal," Op-Ed Page, July 6). Even more so was Hunter's preposterous claim that the success of the People's Mojahedin in uprooting the mullahs "would only be a prelude to Iran's dismemberment."
To say the least, Hunter's desperate bid to whitewash Khomeini's domestic atrocities and foreign warmongering reminds one of the shah's red herrings as his regime was about to be overthrown by the Iranian people in 1979.
The absurdity of such an analysis notwithstanding, Hunter is trying to kill two birds with one stone: First, to confuse the layman as to the nature of the Iran-Iraq War and second, to discredit the People's Mojahedin, who seek to rid Iran of one of the most tyrannical regime's of contemporary history.
That the international community has begun to take a firmer stance vis-a-vis this terrorist regime should not be construed as the byproduct of a tilt toward Iraq, but rather as a consequence of the mullahs' absolute disregard for all universally recognized norms of conduct.