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The MKO, proxy force against Iran?

The war on terror declared by the United States on September 11 only made international terrorist groups stronger and even made them come to power in some countries. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria became victims of US anti-terror fight.

Today, the United States is seen globally as the main supporter of terrorists. The «Western foreign legion» represented by terrorists allows the United States to achieve a number of objectives, including weakening the chief competitors – Russia and China.

The myth of «fight against terrorism» creates a pretext for United States intervention against any other state having accused it of supporting terrorists. At that, the critical state of US economy makes international terrorism an effective instrument of intimidating Americans and introducing police state.

Like many other terrorist groups the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO) has been preserved by the United States and Israel to be used as a proxy force against the Islamic Republic. “Some Western backers believe the group serves as a strategic counterweight to the clerical regime in Iran,” states Jonathan Masters, Deputy Editor of Council on Foreign Relations. However, he mentions that critics of the MKO question the group’s motives and commitment to nonviolence and human rights.

Jonathan Masters asserts that even State Department noted some “reservations” upon delisting the MKO in September 2012. "With today’s actions, the Department does not overlook or forget the MEK’s past acts of terrorism…The Department also has serious concerns about the MEK as an organization, particularly with regard to allegations of abuse committed against its own members, " he quotes from the State Department’s statement to announce the removal of the group from the black list in 2012.

Meanwhile Antony Cartalucci, a geopolitical researcher and writer based in Bangkok, Thailand, warns about “color revolutions” engineered by the United States to overthrow governments around the world. He suggests that attempts to escalate chaos and provoke or perpetuate violence is generally the next step after the alleged revolutions. Cartalucci believes that the chaos in Hong Kong is an example of US intervention in the world politics.

 To prove his idea he refers to a “documented fact”.  “It was the 2009 Brookings Institution document titled, “Which Path to Persia?” that stated unequivocally in regards to toppling the government of Iran”, he writes. “The policy document would also openly conspire to fund and arm listed terrorist organizations including the notorious Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK)’’.

The document introduces the MKO as a proxy force to overthrow the Islamic Republic: “The United States could work with groups like the Iraq-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its military wing, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), helping the thousands of its members who, under Saddam Husayn’s regime, were armed and had conducted guerrilla and terrorist operations against the clerical regime. Although the NCRI is supposedly disarmed today, that could quickly be changed.”

According to the theory suggested in “Which path to Persia” the MKO does deserve the label of a terrorist group but its capacity to be the US mercenary shouldn’t be ignored! Cartalucci proposes that the Brookings Institution’s report is a “signed confession – a documented conspiracy that was demonstrably executed not only in Iran but also in neighboring Syria”. Notice what the report reads: “Undeniably, the group has conducted terrorist attacks—often excused by the MEK’s advocates because they are directed against the Iranian government. For example, in 1981, the group bombed the headquarters of the Islamic Republic Party, which was then the clerical leadership’s main political organization, killing an estimated 70 senior officials. More recently, the group has claimed credit for over a dozen mortar attacks, assassinations, and other assaults on Iranian civilian and military targets between 1998 and 2001. At the very least, to work more closely with the group (at least in an overt manner), Washington would need to remove it from the list of foreign terrorist organizations.” And Washington finally removed it from the FTO list two years ago.”

Nevertheless, The US support for the MKO does not seem to be productive for both the MKO and the US because of the group’s lack of popular backing in Iran. Cartalucci asserts that the West’s “mystery gunmen” are found in Iraqi Camp liberty, Libya and Syria, Egypt, Ukraine, Thailand and now Hong Kong. As a matter of fact, he should notice that the same pattern probably cannot be operative in case of the MKO because the majority of Iranian nation do not care about the MKO if they do not detest it.

Mazda Parsi


*Cartalucci, Tony, Hong Kong: Beware of Staged Violence, Land Destroyer Blog, October 6, 2014

* Masters, Jonathan,   Mujahadeen-e-Khalq (MEK), Council on Foreign Relations, July 28, 2014

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