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In the Memory of Halabja

Mojahedin-e Khalq organization has published a very thick book called “Calendar of History”. The most important historical events of the world and Iran in the eyes of Mojahedin have been mentioned in this book. Some are important and some not. But the more I searched for the word “Halabja” in the book, the less I found. Why?

There’s no doubt that the chemical attack to Iraq’s Halabja by Saddam Hussein and other partners of Rajavi is a historical event. Why does Rajavi want to forget it? Rajavi is well aware that wherever Saddam’s name is mentioned he also should be accountable for the crimes of dictator, whether in suppressing Iraqis or Iranians.

On March 16, 1988, Saddam special forces led by Ali Hassan Al-Majid (known as Chemical Ali) attacked the Kurdish village of Halabja. The people of the village had to be punished for their opposition to Saddam. Therefore, Saddam forces destroyed the city with mortars and shells and then killed the people with different kinds of chemical weapons. Thousands of people, including men, women and children, were killed.

After many years, images still speak louder than words. The dusty streets of this Kurdish village is full of the bodies of men, women, children and animals who have no signs of blood, wounds or explosion on their bodies. Their skins are strangely pale. Eyes are open, gazing at nowhere. It seems that the death has come to them out of the blue, while they were working. Some of them were only able to get to the doors. Mothers have embraced their children and …

These images cause pain in the hearts of every human being but at that time in MKO camps, instead of these pictures which were shown all over the world, films of the meeting of Massoud and Saddam was being shown. And we were ignorantly cheering for Rajavi’s ideological and strategic solutions.

Mohammed Hossein Sobhani

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