Purchased MKO supporters to violate New deal

The sworn enemy of the Iranian Nation, the Mujahedin khalq Organization is passionately paying the US officials to pass new legislations in the Congress that violate the interim agreement reached by Islamic Republic in December 2013 in Geneva. The MKO’ efforts have got some attention among bipartisan US representatives and senators.

Dave Seminara of Purchased MKO supporters to violate New dealThe Washington Diplomat puts, "In Washington, there are very few issues that unite Republicans and Democrats. One is support for Israel and condemnation of the Islamic Republic of Iran." [1] The Israeli notorious lobby AIPAC is a powerful Zionist body that effectively runs Israeli policies including hostile guidelines against Iran, in the US government.

"The MeK is putting a lot of effort behind the same Senate sanctions bill that the Israel Lobby is so staunchly behind" , writes Jason Ditz of the Anitwar website. "The bill would violate the Iran deal by imposing new sanctions, and would effectively kill negotiations." [2]

Today, the MKO’s Multi million campaign in the Congress is in the limelight of various media in the West although the group is hardly ever known in its own motherland. The Diplomat correspondent describes the opportunist nature of the group. "With its shadowy past, shifting ideologies and deep pockets, the MEK has been called the most powerful lobby you’ve never heard of," He writes, " It has evolved from killing Americans to courting them — and supporting the Iranian Revolution to becoming its sworn enemy."[3]

Removed from the list of officially designated terrorist organizations in 2012, after an intense multimillion lobbying campaign in which the organization gave donations to Congress and recruited a number of high-profile former officials, the second step for the MKO seems to be pushing the US and its allies particularly Israel towards war with Tehran where the group leaders dream of founding their own dictatorship. "While the depth of the MeK’s funding of this is, like much of their lobbying, strictly off-the-record ,the group appears to still envision itself being the benefactors of US-imposed regime change in Iran, and is willing to pull out all the stops to see to it that diplomacy does not succeed and rapprochement remains impossible,” suggests Jason Ditz.[4]

In order to make such a disastrous dream come true, the MKO has to closely work with Israel . Regarding the MKO-Israeli relations, Dave Seminara asks John Ghazvinian a historian who is working on a book about the history of U.S.-Iranian relations. Ghazvinian thinks the MEK-Israel connection is credible. "The Israelis have a long history of using the MEK as a sort of foil,” the historian said. “In 2002, when the allegations about Iran’s nuclear programs hit the headlines, they were presented to the world as having come from the MEK, but they probably came from Israel. The revelations were handed to the MEK because the Mossad didn’t want to be obvious. Better to present the information as coming from this ‘Iranian opposition group.’ It made it look to the world like it was Iranians blowing the whistle, but that was probably not what happened.”[5]

Although American Neo-cons and other ardent supporters of Israel consider the group up as a possible "democratic" alternative to Islamic Republic, many intellectuals and analysts believe that they are thoroughly misguided. John Ghazvinian told the Diplomat that sponsoring the MKO terrorist cult "could derail sensitive talks with Iran on the nuclear issue ".[6]

John Glasser of Antiwar also criticizes the US double standards towards Terrorism. He  warns the former government officials speaking out on behalf of this group against diplomacy with Iran would launch them in " the inevitable war path to Tehran".  Glasser refers to the famous White House document in which George W. Bush includes Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorists like MEK in his propaganda justifying the invasion of Iraq: “Iraq shelters terrorist groups including the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization which has used terrorist violence against Iran and in the 1970s was responsible for killing several US military personnel and US civilians.”[7]

Regardless of all dual approaches of the West towards Iranian nuclear program and the MKO terrorist cult of personality, the group’s support in the West is extremely limited. Moreover and more important is its support inside Iran which is "virtually none"  ."The MEK is the one thing that most Iranians of any political persuasion can agree on,” Ghazvinian tells Seminara. “They are viewed as traitors to their country.”[8]

The historical memory of the Iranian people never forgets the atrocities the MKO committed against their own country fellowmen during the years of their serving as Saddam Hussein mercenaries as well as the services they offer Israel.

By Mazda Parsi

References:

[1] Seminara, Dave, Small Band of Iranian Exiles Gets Lots of Attention in U.S., The Washington Diplomat, January 28, 2014

[2]Ditz, Jason, Mujahedin-e Khalq Opposes Iran Deal, Pushes Sanctions, MeK-Paid Officials Blast Deal as ‘Appeasement’, Antiwar.com , January 29, 2014

[3] Seminara, Dave, Small Band of Iranian Exiles Gets Lots of Attention in U.S., The Washington Diplomat, January 28, 2014

[4] Ditz, Jason, Mujahedin-e Khalq Opposes Iran Deal, Pushes Sanctions, MeK-Paid Officials Blast Deal as ‘Appeasement’, Antiwar.com , January 29, 2014

[5] Seminara, Dave, Small Band of Iranian Exiles Gets Lots of Attention in U.S., The Washington Diplomat, January 28, 2014

[6]ibid

[7]Glasser John, The Other Lobby: MEK’s Crusade Against US-Iran Negotiations, Antiwar.com, January 31, 2014

[8] ] Seminara, Dave, Small Band of Iranian Exiles Gets Lots of Attention in U.S., The Washington Diplomat, January 28, 2014

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