As the world rings in the New Year, hostages of the Mujahedin Khalq (the MKO, MEK, PMOI, the Cult of Rajavi) residing in Camp Ashraf 3 near Tirana, Albania still wait for the promises of their masters to come true. Actually their 40 -year-old promise is the overthrow of the Islamic Republic.
The promise has been repeatedly stated by the MEK’s foreign sponsors including from Saudi Arabian prince Turkie Faisal to US president’s national security advisor John Bolton. John Bolton is estimated to have received 180000 $ for only one year (2017) of lobbying for the MEK.
Therefore it was no surprise to see Bolton so excited to flatter the MEK leaders. In July of 2017, the MEK’s paid supporter gave a speech at the group’s so-called Grand Gathering of Iranians for Free Iran in which he openly called for regime change in Tehran.
“There is a viable opposition to the rule of the ayatollahs, and that opposition is centered in this room today,” he uttered at the gathering in front of Maryam Rajavi. “I had said for over 10 years since coming to these events, that the declared policy of the United States of America should be the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran. The behavior and the objectives of the regime are not going to change, and therefore the only solution is to change the regime itself. And that’s why, before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran!”
Now that 2018 is gone, John Bolton is not able to rationalize his unfulfilled promise as well as the MEK leaders whose annual promise is the overthrow of the Iranian government at the beginning of the Persian New Year.
However, naturally Bolton’s speech receives more attention as he is definitely a more influential figure than the MEK leaders. BBC Persian’s NYC/UN correspondent, Bahman Kalbasi’s ironic tweet on the New Year ’s Eve recalls the shallowness of claims of the MEK and its paid sponsors:
There is still a few hours left before John Bolton runs out of time to fulfill his promise to celebrate with a group that used to be on US terror list for almost 2 decades in #Tehran, #Iran. #2019
The post was retweeted 181 times and was likes by 666 people. The comments on the post are also worth reading.
It is obvious that John Bolton is considered as a stupid warmonger politician who supports the traitors to Iran, the violent Mujahedin Khalq Organization that has almost no popular base in Iran.
“It would be hard to find a serious observer who believes the MEK has the capacity or support within Iran to overthrow the Islamic republic,” states Arron Merat of the Guardian. “But the US and UK politicians loudly supporting a tiny revolutionary group stranded in Albania are playing a simpler game: backing the MEK is the easiest way to irritate Tehran.”
By Mazda Parsi