Are Western Powers Toying with Iranian Democracy?

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By Amil Imani:

It is no secret, Iran is at a strategic crossroads again. Millions in Iran, a hugely important force of sustaining and fanning the Islamic fire, have already turned and are turning against the Mullahs. They and the rest of the world need to hear their voices who are in league with them. They have already let the world know of their disdain for the Mullahs during the Green Movement in 2009 and again in recent protests which has been ongoing. I am sure you want to play your part in this honorable endeavor and lend your help to put the Mullahs, the very spawning swamp of the deadly virus that makes for jihadists, out of business.

However, when John Bolton became President Donald Trump’s new National Security advisor, many Iranians around the world have become very nervous. Why? Because Iranians felt that  history was being repeated again. Iranians’ bitter experience with United States installing the Ayatollah Khomeini is still fresh in their mind.

John Bolton, as US national security adviser, is the MeK’s most pwerful advocate. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

Mr. Bolton’s past association with a Marxist-Islamist, cultish, dissident group, known as the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), revived that memory. I am confident that Mr. Bolton is aware that this group has zero popularity in Iran. Also, this group is no stranger to mass murder and torture of Iranians and even their own members. The irony is, the MEK assumes that they have found a friend in the White House close to our President and the cult leader, Maryam Rajavi is already  packed and ready to become the next Ayatollah in Iran!

Just a reminder, after 40 years in exile and losing their main leader, Masoud Rajavi, the remaining MEK members (around 2000) are pushing for the 80s. It is highly unlikely a group of old men and women have any power or even desire to run a country, not to mention, Iranians in Iran will chop them to pieces if they ever make it there for joining Saddam Hussein to murder Iranians. This is a fact. So, Mr. Bolton who has spoken at several of MEK’s events for a number of years has wasted his time and MEK, their money.

Delisting the MEK From Terrorist List

The extraordinary lobbying effort to reverse the terrorist designation of the group, the Mujahedeen Khalq, or People’s Mujahedeen, has won the support of many former US officials, including former C.I.A. directors, R. James Woolsey and Porter J. Goss; a former F.B.I. director, Louis J. Freeh; a former attorney general, Michael B. Mukasey; President George W. Bush’s first homeland security chief, Tom Ridge; President Obama’s first national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones; big-name Republicans like the former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Democrats like the former Vermont governor Howard Dean; and even the former top counterterrorism official of the State Department, Dell L. Dailey, who argued unsuccessfully for ending the terrorist label while in office, ” and many more.

These Americans who have been advocating for the MEK, also have received pretty decent money, hired through their speaking agencies and collected fees of $10,000 to $100,000 for speeches on behalf of this terrorist group. Some have been flown to Paris, Berlin and Brussels to make appearances.

Short History of Marxism in Iran

Iranian Marxists existed in Iran since the time of Stalin. They were known as Tudeh Party, and although a tiny minority, they were the best organized political group in the country.

The founders of the MEK, all upper middle class university students, thought that the Tudeh Party was not radical enough and Iranians were too religious to accept communism. Their solution was to marry Islam to Marxism and paint a religious gloss over their class struggle. Instead of scaring people with terms such as socialism, communism or Marxism, they promoted the Marxist ideology under the guise of Islam.

In the group’s “first major ideological work,” Nahzat-i Husseini or Hussein‘s Movement, its author  Ahmad Reza’i, one of its founders, argued that Nezam-i Towhid (the order of Oneness) sought by the prophet Muhammad, was not only in its worship of one God, but also a commonwealth of the society.  And jihad for the common good of the society requires martyrdom.” [1]

“The MEK engaged in a series of terrorist attacks against American interests.

  • The failed attempt to kidnap the U.S. Ambassador to Iran, Douglas MacArthur II, on November 30, 1971.[2]
  • Wounded the USAF Brig. Gen. Harold Price in a May 1972 assassination attempt.[3][4]
  • The successful assassination of Lt. Col. Louis Lee Hawkins, a U.S. Army comptroller. He was shot to death in front of his home in Tehran by two men on a motorcycle on 1973-06-02. [5][6][7] [8][9]
  • A car carrying U.S. Air Force officers Col. Paul Shaffer and Lt. Col. Jack Turner was trapped between two cars carrying armed men. They told the Iranian driver to lie down and then shot and killed the Americans. Six hours later a woman called reporters to claim the MEK carried out the attack as retaliation for the recent death of prisoners at the hands of Iranian authorities.[10][11][12][13]
  • A car carrying three American employees of Rockwell International was attacked in May 1976. William Cottrell, Donald Smith, and Robert Krongard were killed. They had been working on the Ibex system for gathering intelligence on the neighboring USSR.[14][15]

After the 1979 revolution, MEK, now under the leadership of Rajavi, actively supported the U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran and opposed the release of the diplomats in 1981. They called for the execution of the hostages and staged a large demonstration to protest their release.[16]

Masssoud Rajavi with Saddam’s sword

After the usurping, Masoud Rajavi, became the supreme leader of MEK and created a cult of personality around himself, very much like Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Jim Jones.

His wife, Maryam who like her husband, Masoud Rajvai, who has been reported deceased, was also a narcissist, nominated as the President of the Iranian opposition group in exile. The only people who voted were MEK members. How democratic!!!

Maryam Rajavi the self-appointed president of Iran in exile

This group is very undemocratic. Their leader has total control over all aspects of life of their remaining members. Very similar to Islamic ideology. No dissent is tolerated. Many have been executed for trying to escape from Camp Ashraf in Iraq. Very similar to principles of any cultist ideology, they insisted that MEK leaders must be eulogized and all devotion is to the leader.

This is proven right. When the French police raided the MEK in 2003 and arrested Maryam Rajavi, the group reacted in a manner which is consistent with its cultic nature. No less than ten of them set themselves on fire to protest Rajavi’s detention.

One of the members announced on his site that more than one hundred members have included their names on the list (to torch themselves) and they will be determined to set them-selves on fire “if the French government does not end its common plots and collaborations with the regime of [Iran]…”

A cultist member of MEK sets himself on fire to protest the arrest of his leader Maryam Rajavi

The FBI reported that the MEK’s “NLA [National Liberation Army] fighters are separated from their children who are sent to Europe and brought up by the MEK’s Support Network. […] These children are then returned to the NLA to be used as fighters upon coming of age.  Interviews also revealed that some of these children were told that their parents would be harmed if the children did not cooperate with the MEK.

It is saddening that some American politicians are still playing with the destiny of the Iranian people and see us as pawns for their own political gain. 9/11 attacks and Islamic revival is the result America’s installment of the Ayatollah Khomeini in power. Although, at the time, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter’s national Security was against the overthrowing the Shah in favor of Ayatollah Khomeini.  “Documents seen by BBC suggest the Carter administration paved the way for Khomeini to return to Iran by holding the army back from launching a military coup.”

“In a Foreign Policy magazine article, Sullivan attributed most of the difficulty to the intervention and influence of presidential assistant Zbigniew Brzezinski. The former ambassador depicted Brzezinski as having torpedoed a series of his recommendations from the scene intended to encourage an orderly transfer of power from the falling Shah to successors acceptable to the ayatollahs as well as the armed forces.”

Incidentally, years ago, I had an e-mail exchange with MG Vallely, to protest his participation in NCRI and his support of the MEK. The Major General responded, “You are so wrong and not up to date on who they are now, not then. The most hated people in Iran are the Mullahs and the Regime not the MEK.”

MG Vallely thinks he knows better than those of us who have been following this cult for years. If this is not arrogance I don’t know what is.  It is true that the regime of the mullahs is hated, but that does not mean Iranians want to replace one dictatorship with another.  The Rajavi could be much worse than the mullahs. The mullahs are just thieves.

Maryam Rajavi, a self-styled president in exile is another Khomeini like leader. Like her deceased husband, she is extremely narcissistic and an Islamic fanatic.  If she ever grabs the power in Iran, the first thing she would do is to eliminate the opposition and use the mass media to brainwash the people just as MEK has done to their handful of followers. They will create a Stalinist dictatorship that would make both Iranians and Westerners nostalgic for the mullahs. Let us not repeat Jimmy Carter’s mistake.

In this YouTube link, you see former speaker Newt Gingrich is having a blast and enjoying himself with this cultish group.

“Perhaps the best known MEK votary is none other than former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The MEK has paid Giuliani handsomely for years—$20,000 or more, and possibly a lot more—for brief appearances before the group and for lobbying to have it removed from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO), which occurred in 2012.”

No one still knows precisely what President Trump advocates or knows about the MEK cult. The State Department and the NSC declined to comment directly on whether the administration views the MEK as a viable opposition group or another terrorist group. As President Trump has clearly stated, he wants to see a free and prosperous future for the people of Iran,” says Robert Palladino, a spokesman for the NSC.

What to Do?

What should the Western world do? They should stand behind Mr. Reza Pahlavi. Why? Because the Iranian people support him and want him back.  He has the full support of Iranians inside Iran and out. We must unconditionally respect their will. If we don’t stand with him it would be a colossal mistake. Despite other opposition groups resort to violence, Mr. Pahlavi, repeatedly has stated that “non-violent change is the only way to go.” “Change must come to Iran by civil disobedience and non-violence. I stress that. We can’t have change at any cost.”

A warning to money hungry politicians who have been working with the MEK for years: Millions of Iranians not only consider the mullahs and their lobbyists their enemy, but they also consider the MEK their greatest enemy of all, not to mention, they are branding you as terrorist sympathizers.

Make a note of it and stop toying with Iranian growing democracy after the departure of Mullahs!!

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Amil Imani is an Iranian-American writer, satirist, novelist, essayist, public speaker and political analyst who has been writing and speaking out about the danger of radical Islam both in America and internationally. He has become a formidable voice in the United States against the danger of global jihad and Islamization of America. Amil maintains a website at Imani is the author of Obama Meets Ahmadinejad and Operation Persian Gulf and is currently working on his third and fourth book. He is 2010 honoree of EMET: "The Speaker of the Truth Award" at the Capitol Hill.