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Look Twice at Iranian Opposition Group

June 23, 2003

Re "One Dead in Iranian Exile Protest," June 19: U.S. newspapers have been circumspect in their descriptions of the Moujahedeen Khalq, the Iranian opposition group whose members have taken to self-immolation to protest the arrest of their leaders on terror charges in France.

As an Iranian American, I believe that the Moujahedeen Khalq is a terrorist group that does not have Iran's best interests in mind. Its combination of Islam and socialism is no way to run a government, and if it were to take power in Iran, its leaders would kill hundreds of thousands of political opponents. Iran's people are themselves a viable opposition group to the clerical regime and do not need Moujahedeen Khalq.

Cyrus Torabi

Escondido

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