TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's parliament on Saturday approved a nonbinding resolution to label the CIA and the U.S. Army "terrorist organizations."
The move is seen as diplomatic a tit-for-tat after the U.S. Senate voted in favor of a resolution urging the State Department to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization.
"The aggressor U.S. Army and the Central Intelligence Agency are terrorists and also nurture terror," said a statement by the 215 lawmakers who signed the resolution at an open session of the Iranian parliament. The session was broadcast live on state-run radio.
No, they're not terrorists, but it does serve to demonstrate the uselessness of the term. Perhaps part of this could have been avoided if the Senate had simply branded the Revolutionary Guards a "foreign jihadist" organization. What would the Iranians do then, label the Army and CIA "foreign Crusader" entities?