Concerns of False Prophets after Nuclear Deal

Constructive negotiations between Iran and the six world powers finally resulted in an agreement on Wednesday March 31 despite deep concern expressed by Israel, US hardliners, and the enemy of their enemy, the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/ MEK).

Such a common stance between the MKO, Zionists, and American hardliners is justified by the long record of cooperation amongst these three parties whose reactions to the nuclear deal shared on main term: Concern.

Why the alliance between Zionist regime, war mongers and the MKO is so deep?

 At the first place that’s money that ”talks”. A large number of US Congressmen and former high profiles are paid big amounts of money by the MKO to back up the group in the US government.  Former US ambassador to at the UN, John Bolton has been a vocal cheerleader of the MKO. “He has been consistently misrepresenting a totalitarian cult as a “democratic” Iranian opposition group,” according to Daniel Larison of the American Conservative. “When Bolton or someone else with this record talks about “vigorous American support for Iran’s opposition,” we can be fairly sure that he means that the U.S. should be backing the MEK in its quest for seizing power in Iran.” [1]

While the nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and Iran was in its crucial phase, the New York Times published an op-ed by John Bolton titled “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.”[2] As it is widely reported, Bolton has received enormous amounts of money just for speaking on behalf the MKO and is seeking to overthrow the Islamic Republic.

Jon Schwarz of The Intercept who analyzed former UN ambassador’s “factual errors” in his Op-ed, asserted,” Bolton did not respond to questions about how much he has been paid by the MEK. However, the Financial Times reported in 2011 that speakers such as Bolton received from $20,000 to $100,000 per speech, with four-speech packages being “common.” [3]

“This confirms Bolton’s extremely poor judgment and underscores how truly crazy his overall argument for war with Iran is. It also reminds us how oblivious Iran hawks such as Bolton are to the political realities inside Iran,” Daniel Larison suggests. [4]

Furthermore, John Bolton is a senior fellow at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute and the chairman of the Gatestone Institute, a right-wing "pro-Israel" activist group that has been accused of fomenting anti-Muslim sentiment. He is a steadfast supporter of the right-wing Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Exactly like the MKO and its Israeli ally Netanyahou, he is a vocal opponent of President Obama’s diplomatic approach regarding Iran.

  About the MKO-Israeli alliance it is worth mentioning that terrorist attacks against the Iranian nuclear scientists that ended in with the death of five of them was actually done in collaboration with a team of MKO operatives who were all trained by Mossad Intelligence Service. “Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, “NBC News cited from U.S. officials. [5]

John Bolton is hardly alone in his Zionist-MKO stance against Islamic Republic. Democrat Senator Robert Menendez has been another voiced figure in the mainstream media for his anti-diplomacy, pro-MKO and pro-Israel stances. New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez is among those who back congressional quest to vote for more sanctions against Iran. He shares his foreign policy ideas with republicans. Why?

“Menendez received more campaign contributions from the MEK and its allies than any other member of Congress,” write Ali Gharib of the Nation. Gharib describes Menendez’s efforts to derail diplomacy with Iran:

 “The constant efforts, in cahoots with Republicans, to constrain the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran, for instance, have divided Democrats bitterly. In January of 2014, Menendez, along with rapacious anti-Iran Senator Mark Kirk (Ill.), introduced a new sanctions bill backed by the powerful anti-diplomacy American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Critics said the bill would kill the interim agreement struck by Iran and world powers—the framework that just today bore fruit as negotiations toward a comprehensive pact advanced—leading to widespread opposition among the Democratic Senate leadership. When liberal grassroots groups rallied enough Democrats to sustain a promised presidential veto, the bill failed to come to a vote.

“This year, Menendez introduced another sanctions measure with Kirk, but it too has so far stalled without the necessary Democratic support. He also sponsored a bill with Republican Foreign Relations Chair Bob Corker to empower Congress to vote on any deal with Iran—earning another veto threat from Obama. And working with Republicans came back to bite Menendez when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn’t restrain his partisan impulses and sought to bring the bill to a quick vote; even Menendez himself had to object.”[6]

As Jim Lobe declared in Loblog, “Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was the top congressional recipient of “pro-Israel” campaign funding in the 2012 election cycle, the last time he ran for office, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”

Lobe quotes from the recent investigated article of Ali Gharib and Eli Clifton in The Intercept that” Menendez has been also a top recipient of campaign funding from donors with ties to the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK), the cultish group that was until recently included on the State Department’s terrorism list.” [7]

Menendez accepted more than $25,000 from donors with ties to the MEK, making him the largest recipient from 2012, when the MeK was delisted that September, to the present. That’s not much compared to the well over $300,000 Menendez received from pro-Israel groups during the 2012 election cycle, but it was more than twice what was provided to the next biggest recipients, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA). [8]

It might be crystal clear now, why the three groups oppose any deal with the Iranian Government. Once the historical statement of agreement was published by the EU high representative and Iranian Foreign Minister, the disappointed opponents of the deal particularly the MKO launched its propaganda to convince its limited audience that a deal with Iran is bad in any case.

The MKO and its American and Israeli supporters are false prophets.  They all have “an interest in creating a panic about Iran’s nuclear capabilities”.

Mazda Parsi

Sources:

[1]Larison, Daniel, Bolton and the MEK, the American Conservative, March 27, 2015

[2]Bolton, John, To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran, The New York Times, March 26, 2015

[3] Schwarz, Jon, The Factual Errors in John Bolton’s “Bomb Iran!” Op-Ed in the New York Times — and Why You Should Care, The Intercept, April 4, 2015

[4] Larison, Daniel, Bolton and the MEK, the American Conservative, March 27, 2015

[5] Engel, Richard & Windrem, Robert, Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran’s nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC News, NBC News, February 9, 2015

[6] Gharib, Ali, Good Riddance to Bob Menendez?, The Nation, April 06 2015  

[7] Lobe, Jim, Sen. Menendez Top Recipient of MEK-Related Campaign Funding, Lobelog, February 27, 2015

[8]Gharib, Ali & Clifton, Eli, Long March of the Yellow Jackets: How a One-Time Terrorist Group Prevailed on Capitol Hill, The Intercept, February 26, 2015

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