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Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – 114

++ Stanford University published a series of letters which were exchanges between the then Soviet Union and the Mojahedin Khalq. In one letter the MEK asks for $30m to push the Soviet agenda for Iran. In another, Massoud Rajavi writes directly to Mikhail Gorbachev. Ironically, in this advertising letter, Rajavi admits that the MEK had killed thousands of people. The letters date around 1986. Farsi commentaries say that this clearly shows that Rajavi had always been a mercenary, and didn’t just fall into it after he joined with Saddam Hussein.

++ Rajavi has been very active this week trying to persuade neoconservatives in the West to put pressure on Iraq to stop the deliberately estranged families from demanding family visits with Camp Liberty residents. Experts interpret this as a panicked reaction by Rajavi as the UN exerts pressure to allow the visits. The families reply is to affirm that they will not go away and they are pursuing a fundamental human right to have family contact. Interestingly, although the MEK made no mention at all of a missile attack on Baghdad airport on its websites, the MEK instead fed false reports to several news outlets suggesting that Camp Liberty had been the target. One of these was the well-known Al Arabiyeh of Saudi Arabia. MEK operatives are then able to show the manufactured news to their lobbyists and advocates in the West as proof that the families at Camp Liberty – who, in spite of being mostly elderly parents, are accused of being “agents of the Iranian regime” – pose a serious threat to the lives of the residents and must therefore be prevented from visiting the camp.

++ Maryam Rajavi has sent a message to Iranian school students at the start of the school year which has become a laughing stock for everyone. One point which everyone highlights is that the target audience of the message cannot be the children or any Iranians for that matter. Her speech is obviously directed at her backers in the West. The lies she tells are something which everyone living in Iran sees through instantly, so clearly they cannot be her intended audience. Other comments ask whether Maryam Rajavi has given up being Iranian since she says ‘you and your country’ rather than ‘our country’. Some suggest she has adopted Saudi identity.

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++ Mazda Parsi of Nejat Bloggers writes that the panic of the MEK over the prospect of normalized Iran-US relations is evident in its propaganda media. While US Democrats blocked the Israeli-led effort to kill the Iran nuclear deal, the MEK has had to reinforce its links with the US Zionist warmongers and Israel in order to survive the deal.

++ ‘The Rubicons That Have Been Crossed’ – Farhang Jahanpour from Oxford University, England writing in Inter Press Service (IPS) – “In their attempts to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program, the United States and Israel have resorted over time to a number of unorthodox, illegal and in some cases criminal methods to achieve their aims. They have included the following:…

“2. Assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists.

“There have been at least four documented cases in which Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated on the streets of Tehran. Israeli agencies have been implicated in those assassinations. A number of suspects who had been arrested testified that they were members of the terrorist organization, the Mojahedin-e Khalq, who had been recruited by Mossad, taken to Israel and trained in the use of those explosive devices…”

++ “College of William & Mary Professor and Ron Paul Institute Academic Board Member Lawrence Wilkerson frankly assesses that former United States General and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director David Petraeus’ proposal that the US support al-Qaeda to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) is a “crazy idea” that creates a blowback danger for Americans. Wilkerson declared this assessment in an interview Thursday with RT host Thom Hartman.

“In the interview, Wilkerson, a former US Army colonel and chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, elaborates on his conclusion by warning:

“’I would point out that this is just the kind of thing we do that gives us this enormous blowback later. There is a direct line between our support for the mujahideen — the training and arming of al-Qaeda in particular in Afghanistan — and 9-11. And there will be a line, I assure you, between any support we give al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda-like elements in Syria and any future attack on the United States overseas, or here, by them. It’s just something that happens, and it’s extremely dangerous to be playing with this sort of thing.’”

++ nsnbc international website published an interesting and detailed article by Finian Cunningham of the Strategic Culture Foundation which exposes the Mojahedin Khalq’s decades long terrorist campaign against Iranians from every background which resulted in the deaths of over 17,000 individuals.

The article concludes:

“Iran’s three decades of battling Western state-sponsored terrorism within its borders is an illuminating example of Washington’s real connection to international terrorism, and how that relationship has been obscured by Western media. Washington’s relationship to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State is wholly consistent with Washington’s support for the MEK in Iran. Why this connection appears anomalous or perhaps shocking is simply because of the sanitising role that Western media disinformation, commonly referred to as “news”, has played in making the Western public ignorant of such criminal connections.

“Russia and Iran have therefore every right to take measures to combat terrorism within their own borders and those of their allies such as Syria and Iraq. Washington’s recent remonstrations with Moscow and Tehran over military aid to Syria are, in the light of American state-sponsorship of terrorism, contemptible. Washington’s remonstrations are disingenuous, double-think and outrageous hypocrisy.

“The least party that deserves to be consulted or listened to about counter-terrorism is the arch-sponsor of terrorism – Washington.”

September 25, 2015

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