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Rajavi’s message, an art of collage

Rajavi’s 20 January message seems to be a turning point for Mojahedin Khalq Organization, a foreseeable message although a little late. Unlike Rajavi’s previous messages that were stereotypically repetitious claims, his new rhetoric is blusters for the third post-revolution generation who hardly know anything about him and his organization. This new step may have been taken because he had already been notified by the theoreticians of his red-movement that the Iranian third generation neither knew him nor considered any political and social weight for him. Usually turning a deaf ear to the warnings of advisers, this time it seems that he has bended his ears to advices to deliver a different message that is a turning point in accepting bitter truths. But, alas, he can never abandon the bad habit of going straight to the point and, as usual, he first brags the highness of his status and then holds onto rhetoric to justify his thirty-year long absence from Iran’s political arena. But, as he always feels others are indebted to him and he has no spare time to waste on inconsequential questions, he prefers to engage in polemics concerning Iranian future.

But he still fails to be relieved of the phantom that the generation he is addressing has never troubled its mind about him and his organization as the former believes the latter are a piece of Iran’s past history. Only some acquainted with the stalemates and crises the organization has recently encountered can realize what is bothering Rajavi at the present. He has been under the direct attack and criticism of the insiders and the outsiders as well as other opposition from among the ultra-left to the ultra-right. Undesirable consequences being inevitable, he is preempting to deter challenges that can further mire him and his organization. As a result, once you hear him claiming to be the instigating engine of Iran’s post-election riots, while he complains of being politically stagnated and does not hesitate to swear that terrorist tag is an attached stigma to smear the organization. But he can never deny that he is still ideologically loyal to Marx when he says:

The important point is that Marx remarks that ‘the philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it’. Of course, Marx has deduced this necessity from social evolution and the historical dialectic. However, it draws us near to the conception of ‘man’s responsibility’. I have no access to texts now but if my mind helps me remind forty years ago, this is the core of Che’ Guevara’s analysis of Marx when he said ‘this is the very same point where the pens have to put down to pick up rifles to change the world’.

That is what Rajavi and all those defected members, whom he calls deserters and the agents of the Islamic Republic, have done in a thirty year-long armed struggle- grabbing guns rather than pens and peaceful campaign. On the one hand he claims to have received letters and questions from inside Iran through a variety of means and routes, on the other hand he forgets all he has said so far by stating “I tell you to know that what the regime has all these years published and distributed in its prisons and its-controlled organs under the name of Mojahedin are untrustworthy. They are either fabricated or distorted to achieve the intended goals and to instill what they want”.

In spite of Rajavi’s exploitation of all social and political schools of thought to convince the third generation they have been deprived of such a great personality and the source of secret knowledge, that is himself, his message is a mixture of ambiguities delivered from a nowhere. A message from a so-called leader whose whereabouts are unknown for those who he calls to recognize, appreciate and follow. It is neither similar to a political statement nor an organizational pronouncement and nor is it in any way a political-ideological pamphlet of instruction. It is much similar to a collage and he is like a collagist who has stuck different pieces of subjects each with a different definition and color together. It is clear that the message has emerged out of a confused mind that is itself escaping from the reality that it had to accept long ago. Anyone looking at Rajavi’s work of collage can easily discern a depicted picture of Rajavi’s betrayal, violence and egocentric ambitions recorded in the history.

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