Batul Soltani

Preparedness for suicide, a prerequisite for MKO operations

(An interview with Batool Soltani on MKO self-immolations – a précis of parts 35-36)- The means of suicide had to be necessarily checked as the first priorities along with other weapons needed for the operations. They were cyanides, hand-grenades, and guns and the teams received special trainings to use them in critical situations. Of course, they received other psychological and security trainings to counteract after-arrest tortures and pressures if they failed to commit suicide and fell into the hands of the regime’s forces. In general, any thought of compromise was a taboo within MKO/MEK/PMOI; there was no alternate but to kill or be killed.

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Camp Ashraf, MKO’s political excuse in the West

(An interview with Batool Soltani on MKO self-immolations – a précis of parts 33-34)- … While the organization calls the world’s attention to Ashraf to intervene to stop the human tragedy taking place there, which also puts its great impact on the Ashraf residents as well, it does not shrink to sacrifice all of the camp’s members to survive and further its ends The propagandas persuades insiders to insist on their resistance since they may come to believe that for sure something would come out of these propagandas …

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Urgency of safeguarding Camp Ashraf at any price

(An interview with Batool Soltani on MKO self-immolations – a précis of parts 31-32).. that the organization[MKO/MEK/PMOI] is entirely depended on Ashraf for a range of pivotal political, strategic, social, propaganda and even fundraising concerns. For the insiders, Ashraf would be depicted as a strategic bastion where resistance could be fully interpreted, not because it below life into the organization but as it was located in the proximity of Iran’s soil..

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Hierarchical administration of information within MKO

(An interview with Batool Soltani on MKO self-immolations – Part 30)..none of the information would be circulated among the rank and file and there was a strict hierarchical discipline with no leak to the lower ranks..Massoud and Maryam Raajvi always insisted on the exigent priority of the Leadership Council and were of the opinion that information had to be restrained within the council. The lower ranks of MKO/MEK/PMOI had to only carry out the orders of the top even if the day came when a mass suicide was inevitable ..

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Primacy of death and violence in the ideology of MKO

(An interview with Batool Soltani on MKO self-immolations – Part 29)..The members of the organization are encouraged to either kill or be killed and there has to be necessarily justifications to convince them choose the either way. ..it is crucial to know why the organization, unlike other similar political or armed groups, cultivates homicidal tendencies with an emphasis on suicidal ones in a struggle to counter its adversaries and exclusively invest on the tactics that highly risk the lives of the insiders. .

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Human shield in defense of Ashraf

(An interview with Batool Soltani on MKO self-immolations – a précis of parts 27-28)- The human shield was one of the opted options; mass suicides could effectively frustrate any effort that aimed at dismantling the integrity of Ashraf. It included any other threat like forced entry of American or coalition forces to temporarily close or deactivate the camp. Our first choice to resist against intruders had to be using non-firing weapons; needless to say that the organization actually made no resistance against the American forces and succeeded to take the control and hegemony of the camp in its own hands..

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Defining an MKO organizational jargon

(An interview with Batool Soltani on MKO self-immolations – Part 25).. the term ‘pardakhtgar’ can be defined; that is to say, a member of the organization sacrifices his love and affection for the family and associates so they may transcend the limits of the material world and achieve the sphere of an unconditional love and affection that could include not only the beloved around them but the humanity in general. His struggle and immolation is to stop people paying for the attention and affection they receive and to purify the atmosphere ..

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The members were coerced into dedicating themselves to Massoud and Maryam

(An interview with Batool Soltani on MKO self-immolations – Part 24).. their daughter had committed suicide and they could change nothing for her loss. Then, the organization put two choices before them; to move in parallel with the organization’s scenario in glorification of their daughter’s death or take an opposite side and spoil everything and sully their daughter’s name

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