The Baffling Relationship between American Politicians and the MEK (Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, NCRI, Maryam Rajavi Cult, Saddam Private Army …)

The Baffling Relationship between American Politicians and the MEK (Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, NCRI, Maryam Rajavi Cult, Saddam Private Army …)

Mojahedin Khalq USAAshton Hashemipour, The Gate, July 19 2018:… Given this context, the relationship between some American politicians and the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, is baffling. The MEK, guided by an undemocratic fusion of Marxism and Islamism, has conducted terrorist attacks against Americans and Iranians alike yet has support from a plethora of U.S. conservative and liberal politicians (including many who advocate … 

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The Baffling Relationship between American Politicians and the MEK (Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, NCRI, Maryam Rajavi Cult, Saddam Private Army …)

It’s no secret that most American politicians want political change in Iran. Whether it be President Donald TrumpBarack Obama, or George W. Bush, regime change (or a significant change in the regime’s behavior) has been a goal of U.S. administrations since the dawn of the Islamic Republic in 1979. Nor have U.S. politicians attempted to hide this: Congressmen across the aisle, for example, have met with Reza Pahlavi, the former Iranian prince whose father was ousted from power during the Islamic Revolution, to discuss regime change. Pahlavi, among many others in the Iranian diaspora, has called on all American politicians to support a democratic, liberal Iran.

American calls for regime change have certainly focused on this idea of a democratic, liberal Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senator Ted Cruz, and National Security Advisor John Bolton (among many others) have openly advocated for such change. But it’s not just Republicans: both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have also called for Iranians to be freed from the chains of the Islamic Republic. These politicians have decried the lack of human rights in Iran, the lack of democracy, and the suffering of the Iranian people.

Given this context, the relationship between some American politicians and the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, is baffling. The MEK, guided by an undemocratic fusion of Marxism and Islamism, has conducted terrorist attacks against Americans and Iranians alike yet has support from a plethora of U.S. conservative and liberal politicians (including many who advocate for the democratization of Iran), such as Rudy GiulianiBoltonPompeoPelosi, and Edward Rendell. Given the MEK’s inability to meaningfully change Iran, the support of U.S. politicians for the Mujahedin will only have negative effects for the United States, namely that it will alienate the Iranian people and give hardliners in the Islamic Republic a chance to capitalize on this support.

What is the MEK?

The MEK was established in 1965 as a leftist organization staunchly opposed to the American-backed Shah of Iran. Until the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the MEK, originally founded upon the ideals of Marxism and Islamism, engaged in a plethora of terrorist attacks, targeting Americans civilians and government workers. Many of its members were either imprisoned or executed while the Shah was in power.

During the Revolution, the MEK helped supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini overthrow the Shah. Yet after a few years of rule by the Islamic Republic, Khomeini saw that the MEK’s ideology was at odds with his vision for the country, and he ordered his forces to arrest and execute Mujahedin members. The Mujahedin responded by assassinating members of the Islamic government, including the Prime Minister in a 1981 bombing.

In 1980, Saddam Hussein, sensing instability in Iran, decided to invade. The MEK, seeing an opportunity to destabilize the Islamic government joined him in fighting their own countrymen. Saddam’s use of chemical weapons, and his bombing of Iranian cities, did not deter the MEK in their support of him, which continued throughout the war. Saddam even helped arm the MEK, allowing them to conduct suicide attacks in Iran. The MEK’s support of Saddam, along with the earlier attacks against American officials, led the U.S. government to designate it as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

After the war, the MEK largely focused on assassinations: the Mujahedin have targeted senior officials of the Revolutionary Guard, clerics, and even former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. Further, they continue to call for regime change in Iran, hosting an annual “Free Iran” rally, at which many Western politicians speak. In the most recent years, however, the MEK, which now calls itself the National Council of Resistance of Iran, has shifted its focus from bombing campaigns to lobbying Western politicians for support.

American Support

In spite of the MEK’s recent history of terrorism, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012 removed the organization from of the FTO list, unfreezing its assets and allowing it to engage in financial interactions with those in the United States. The organization, however, in spite of its claim to want democracy in Iran, remains internally undemocratic and is monumentally unpopular among those living in Iran. One can go so far as to say that it is a personality-based cult: Iran scholar Ervand Abrahamian stated that if “[MEK leader] Massoud Rajavi got up tomorrow and said the world was flat, his members would accept it.”

That hasn’t stopped American politicians—the same ones who claim to support a liberal, democratic Iran—from backing the MEK. And while this is not to say that supporting the MEK is enshrined in U.S. policy, the high level of support that it maintains among many American politicians is alarming. Rudy Giuliani is a regular at the MEK’s Free Iran conference. John Bolton gave a jarring speech at last year’s conference, claiming that the group would be celebrating the downfall of the Islamic Republic in Tehran the next year (which didn’t happen). Even Pelosi, a Democrat who supported the Nuclear Deal, put out a statement in support of the group. This does not seem to be a partisan issue: influential American politicians, whether in Congress or in the administration, have supported a group that has conducted terrorist attacks, not only against Iranian government officials but also against American civilians.  

There seems to be one of two implications for this support: either the politicians supporting the MEK do not understand that it remains a domestically unpopular and undemocratic terrorist organization, or they acknowledge this but believe that regime change in Iran should be encouraged at any cost.

Though it is true that there has been a change in the MEK’s behavior since the early 2000s, the first possibility is nonetheless laughable. There have been no significant leadership changes since the MEK’s support of Saddam Hussein: Maryam Rajavi is still the leader of the organization and has been (along with her husband who disappeared in 2003) since 1985. Further, there have been no ideological changes in the group since Rajavi took leadership.

Their change in behavior is not due to a change in ideology; rather, it is due to circumstances. During the American invasion of Iraq, the MEK was forcibly disarmed, and its camps were destroyed. Since then, the MEK has simply not had the ability to conduct bombing campaigns in Iran as it did during the Shah’s reign, the Islamic Revolution, and the Iran-Iraq war. Thus, they have shifted their focus to lobbying western politicians for change in Iran, which seems thus far to be working: speakers at this year’s conference, who have given rousing addresses in support of the MEK’s mission, include Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kushner. As a result of this lobbying, they’ve probably also realized that bombing campaigns will not help their case with the West.

It would thus be irresponsible to suggest that the MEK has changed. It remains an undemocratic organization under the leadership of the same people who ordered terrorist attacks against Iranians and Iraqis alike: there is a reason that Massoud Rajavi has been wanted in Iraq since 2010 for Crimes Against Humanity. The only change is the method that they use to gain power—they’ve shifted from violence to intense lobbying.

Thus, even if regime change is the ultimate goal, given that the MEK has not undergone significant ideological changes, why would U.S. politicians support a group that has conducted terrorist attacks against its own government officials and civilians?

The first reason is money. The Mujahedin pays a lot of money to secure Western politicians’ attendance at their annual conference. Giuliani, for example, has received tens of thousands of dollars from the group to speak and advocate for the group.

Secondly, it’s entirely possible that these politicians support the MEK, not with the ultimate goal of seeing them take over Iran, but rather, with the goal of instigating instability. Domestic instability and upheaval in Iran would force the government to address its own internal problems at the expense of other concerns, such as maintaining a strong presence in Syria or arming proxies in the region (e.g. Hizbollah, Houthi rebels). This would allow the United States, and its Middle Eastern allies in Saudi Arabia and Israel, to lessen the Islamic Republic’s influence in the region. Perhaps they view the Mujahedin as the group most able to and most willing to sow these seeds of unrest.

Implications of American Support

Despite its talk of freeing Iran and the friends that it has made in the West, the Mujahedin is hated among the Iranian people. For many Iranians, the MEK’s decision to fight alongside Saddam, and its indiscriminate attacks on Iranian civilians, destroyed any possible sympathetic feelings. Further, according to a poll taken by George Mason University, less than one percent of Iranian-Americans—the largest group in the Iranian diaspora—supportthe MEK.

Thus, wide American support comes at an extremely high cost. Firstly, the MEK does not have nearly enough support to foment a revolution in Iran. As of 2011, the State Department estimated that the MEK has between five thousand and 13,500 members, scattered across Iraq, Europe, and the United States—hardly a group numerous or unified enough to stand up to the Islamic Republic of Iran or meaningfully change the country in any way. To put this in perspective, the Islamic Republic squashed the 2009 Green Movement, which brought out millions of concentrated protesters.

Perhaps more importantly, however, U.S. support of the MEK will only alienate the people of Iran, the very people to whom Western politicians, from Trump to Pelosi to the conference’s speakers, have tried to appeal. Any American call for freedom in Iran—any message in support of the Iranian people—will be marred by this widespread support of a terrorist organization. The only people who will be strengthened by this support are Iranian hardliners, whose ultimate message is that the United States despises Iran, wants the country to fail, and is not a reliable partner. Supporting the MEK will only strengthen that narrative.

Although supporting the MEK provides a way for American politicians to ostensibly advocate for a democratic revolution in Iran, the costs of supporting a terrorist group far outweigh any benefits. To weaken the Iranian government and gain the support of the Iranian people, the United States should attempt to act as a friend to the Iranian people, instead of supporting a terrorist organization, banning Iranians from entering the country, and putting crippling sanctions on Iran, which hurt civilians more than the government. But given the immense amount of lobbying from anti-Iran groups—from America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)—it is highly unlikely that such a change in the mindset of American politicians will occur. 

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A political puzzle in Paris… 

Mojahedin Khalq_Rajavi cult_June20Anwar Abdulrahman, Bahrain News, July 10 2018:…  Yet leaders of the MEK seemed blissfully unaware that Iran’s people, although demonstrating against the regime across their country, had never mentioned the MEK as their representative. The Paris gathering must have cost a few million dollars. Who Financed it? Everyone there was asking the same question. I even heard one western participant saying: “What a political acrobatic circus!”… 

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A political puzzle in Paris…

While travelling to France to attend the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq’s (MEK) annual gathering, the whole story of the last 39 years of theocrats attaining power in Tehran, passed before my eyes like the newsreel of a depressing documentary film.

This regime, which toppled the Pahlavi dynasty, had accused the monarch of being narrow-minded, backward and reactionary, Yet what have these so-called revolutionaries done for Iran over four decades? They have delivered nothing but death and destruction, along with economic collapse, and a degraded currency that even a calculator cannot digitalise.

Hundreds of thousands have been executed – with right now, according to reliable human rights sources – more than 240,000 political prisoners, many languishing on Death Row!

No wonder then that I wanted some answers from these self-appointed future rulers of Iran.

Their forum opened in the Expo Centre, Paris, next to Charles De Gaulle Airport – for security reasons we were told.

I have to admit my surprise at the size of this convention, and recognised many important faces from western Europe and America, alongside ex-governors, former MPs, retired senators, and so on…

We all know that such personalities never pay a penny from their own pockets, but are invited, hosted and ticketed. Every single word they uttered had also been paid for well in advance. Because to them, such an occasion was a retirement outing!

Speeches were inflammatory, but without any speck of substance. Threats and warnings, but no pragmatic solutions. In fact they were almost convincing themselves that the Iran regime would collapse during the conference!

Yet leaders of the MEK seemed blissfully unaware that Iran’s people, although demonstrating against the regime across their country, had never mentioned the MEK as their representative.

The Paris gathering must have cost a few million dollars. Who Financed it? Everyone there was asking the same question.

I even heard one western participant saying: “What a political acrobatic circus!”

After three hours I left in frustration at listening to a barrage of empty rhetoric and hollow words. Two of their leading men noticed my departure, and the very next day rang me to arrange a meeting to explain their thoughts. This took place in my hotel over more than two-and-a-half hours.

I initially asked one important question. Where is Masood Rajavi (founder of the MEK)? Is he dead or alive? I had deliberately asked this to test their honesty and plausibility.

The shocking answer was “he is alive, but cannot appear in public because of assassination threats”.

We all know that after the invasion of Baghdad, Masood Rajavi disappeared. Since then no one has seen or heard anything of him.

In fact, during their annual gathering of 2016, July 22, while Mariam Rajavi praised her husband Masood as the leader of the organisation, a very, very distinguished Arab politician twice in his speech, mentioned the name of Masood Rajavi as the LATE leader of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, and precisely pronounced the word ‘marhoom’, clearly meaning ‘late’.

When Mariam Rajavi heard the word, her face shrank, but she did not comment. Because the word ‘marhoom’ is an expression of condolence in Arabic. Interestingly, the translator also ignored the word.

I mention this to suggest to readers that such suspicious hiding of facts does nothing to promote their goal. And from that moment I was convinced of the aimlessness of this discussion.

However, the very next day an old friend who I hadn’t met for 38 years, visited me! He is well known in Iran, and at various universities as a professor of economics. His name is Dr Shaheen Fatemi, nephew of Dr Hossain Fatemi, Foreign Minister in Dr Mohammed Mussadeq’s Cabinet between 1951-53. After the 1953 military coup, this graceful man was executed (in 1954).

Dr Shaheen Fatemi is a calm, cool, collected and mature personality, and I outlined my experiences at the gathering. He was glad that I had witnessed things first hand for myself.

I said: “Professor, how do you view Iran and its future?”

The soft-spoken professor replied: “There will be no future for Iran under theocracy. But you should bear in mind that the mullahs will not disappear just like that. They are fully aware that they are a failure, but like all dictators, live in a state of false fantasy. Right now they believe that the only way out of all the disasters they have created, is a new war. It will, they think, rescue them by diverting people’s attention. Exactly as happened when war erupted between Iraq and Iran 38 years ago.

“That saved many mullahs in the name of the Fatherland, and right now they are dreaming of a repeat.

Such wars are their tools of survival, but they seem oblivious to the fact that Iranians of 2018 are totally different in outlook to those of 1980.”

No one can deny that they control more than a million in military uniform, mainly through brainwashing. So Iran’s recovery requires wisdom, not emotion.

Iran’s masses are patiently waiting (although demonstrating daily) for a full national uprising. But until now no charismatic leader has stepped forward.

After he left, I began thinking deeply about Dr Fatemi’s words.

The remedy for Iran’s malaise cannot be prescribed by foreign physicians, but should be developed from Iran, by Iranians, for Iranians.

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The Despicable Hawkish Embrace of the MEK (Maryam Rajavi Cult) 

rudy-giuliani-mojahedin-khalq-saddamVarious media, July 03 2018:…Giuliani spoke to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella coalition largely controlled by the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK), which was once listed as a terrorist organisation in the US and Europe and is still widely viewed as a Marxist-Islamist cult built around the personality of its leader, Maryam Rajavi.“We are now realistically being able to see an end to the regime in Iran, … 

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The Despicable Hawkish Embrace of the MEK

Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, July 01 2018
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The Trump administration’s MEK fans participated in the group’s annual rally in Paris over the weekend:

Giuliani spoke to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella coalition largely controlled by the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK), which was once listed as a terrorist organisation in the US and Europe and is still widely viewed as a Marxist-Islamist cult built around the personality of its leader, Maryam Rajavi.“We are now realistically being able to see an end to the regime in Iran,” Giuliani told a crowd of about 4,000, many of them refugees and young eastern Europeans who had been bussed in to attend the rally in return for a weekend trip to Paris.“The mullahs must go, the ayatollah must go, and they must be replaced by a democratic government which Madam Rajavi represents,” Giuliani said. “Freedom is right around the corner … Next year I want to have this convention in Tehran!”

It is bad enough that prominent Americans and other Westerners lend support to a totalitarian cult because it happens to share their loathing of the Iranian government, but it is even worse that they are helping to rehabilitate this group as if it were a legitimate and democratic alternative to that government. This not only whitewashes a despicable organization that has the blood of Americans and Iranians on its hands, but it is an insult to genuine Iranian political reformers and dissidents. The MEK has no support in Iran or the Iranian diaspora, and no one wants anything to do with it except for paid Western shills and the government of Saudi Arabia. No matter what happens in Iran, the MEK won’t be returning there next year or for a long time to come. They are understandably reviled in Iran for their crimes and treachery, and anyone embracing them reveals an intense hostility to Iran and an equally profound ignorance of the country and its people.

Unfortunately, Bolton, Giuliani, and Gingrich aren’t just has-beens getting paid to recite talking points. If they were, their support for this group might be disgraceful but ultimately irrelevant. The danger is that these men are among Trump’s closest advisers and allies, and it seems more likely than not that they are pushing an agenda of regime change in Iran. As long as these Trump allies are cheerleading for the MEK publicly, we should assume that they are offering the president similarly warped and poisonous advice privately as well.

Trump lawyer Giuliani steals show at anti-Iran event

Press TV, July 03 2018
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US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has attended an event held by notorious MKO terrorists in Paris and called for regime change in Iran.  

“Freedom is right around the corner … Next year I want to have this convention in Tehran!” the former New York mayor and White House cyber security adviser told the annual anti-Iran event on Saturday.

According to the British daily The Guardian, about 4,000 people attended the rally, many of them refugees and young eastern Europeans who had been bussed in for a weekend trip to Paris.

They consisted of an assortment of bored-looking Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Germans and Syrians who responded to a Facebook campaign promising travel, food and accommodation to Paris for a mere €25, the paper said.

“Hundreds of Syrian refugees settled in Germany also attended. Many snoozed under trees during speeches,” it reported.

Giuliani was one of 33 senior US officials and military brass at this year’s conference on Saturday, the paper said. He is one of a long line of American conservative hawks to attend the annual event.

Another prominent guest on Saturday was Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker and a close Trump ally. Bill Richardson, former US ambassador to the United Nations, US energy secretary and Democratic governor of New Mexico, was also in attendance.

It was unclear if the speakers at the conference were paid, the Guardian said, noting that the MKO has been known for paying very high fees to US politicians.

“Most observers of Iranian politics say the MeK has minimal support in Iran and is widely hated for its use of violence and close links to Israeli intelligence,” the paper said, using an alternative name for the MKO.

The terrorist group is further detested for collaborating with the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during his war on Iran in the 1980s and killing as many as 12,000 Iranians in a violent campaign of assassinations and bombings.

The MKO was once listed as a terrorist organisation in the US and Europe and is still widely viewed as a Marxist cult built around the personality of its leader, Maryam Rajavi.

Some of its uncouth practices include forcing the group’s male members to divorce their wives and have them married to Rajavi’s husband Massoud.

The terrorist group is also known for its extremely suppressive control over members in its camps where access to the Internet and other information sources is prohibited.

In his address, nevertheless, Giuliani called for the Islamic Republic in Iran to be “replaced by a democratic government which Madam Rajavi represents.”

Giuliani claimed that the fall of the government in Tehran would be brought about by economic isolation.

“When the greatest economic power stops doing business with you, then you collapse … and the sanctions will become greater, greater and greater,” he said.

The guest of honor at last year’s conference was John Bolton, who has since become Trump’s third national security adviser. Bolton told the 2017 rally US policy should be to make sure the Islamic Republic “will not last until its 40th birthday” on April 1, 2019.

Rudy Giuliani calls for Iran regime change at rally linked to extreme group

The Guardian, July 03 2018
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Trump lawyer speaks at Paris event staged by MeK, once listed as terrorist organisation and widely seen as a personality cult
Rudy Giuliani speaks at the National Council of Resistance of Iran event in Paris.
 Rudy Giuliani speaks at the National Council of Resistance of Iran event in Paris. Photograph: Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP/Getty Images
Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, addressed a rally staged by an extreme Iranian opposition group in Paris on Saturday, calling for regime change in Tehran.
Giuliani spoke to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella coalition largely controlled by the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK), which was once listed as a terrorist organisation in the US and Europe and is still widely viewed as a Marxist-Islamist cult built around the personality of its leader, Maryam Rajavi.“We are now realistically being able to see an end to the regime in Iran,” Giuliani told a crowd of about 4,000, many of them refugees and young eastern Europeans who had been bussed in to attend the rally in return for a weekend trip to Paris.“The mullahs must go, the ayatollah must go, and they must be replaced by a democratic government which Madam Rajavi represents,” Giuliani said. “Freedom is right around the corner … Next year I want to have this convention in Tehran!”The former New York mayor, who became a cyber security adviser in the White House before being named as Trump’s personal lawyer in April, is one of a long line of American conservative hawks to attend the NCRI annual conference. Another prominent guest on Saturday was Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker and a close Trump ally.In his speech, Giuliani said the fall of the government in Tehran would be brought about by economic isolation.“When the greatest economic power stops doing business with you, then you collapse … and the sanctions will become greater, greater and greater,” he said.

In May, Trump abrogated the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran and ordered a campaign of intense economic pressure, threatening sanctions against any foreign company doing business with Iran and calling for an end to trade in Iranian oil by November. Giuliani suggested that the current wave of protests in Iran was being orchestrated from outside.

“Those protests are not happening spontaneously,” Giuliani said. “They are happening because of many of our people in Albania [which hosts an MeK compound] and many of our people here and throughout out the world.”

The guest of honour at last year’s NCRI conference was John Bolton, who has since become Trump’s third national security adviser. Bolton told the 2017 rally US policy should be to make sure the Islamic Republic “will not last until its 40th birthday” – 1 April 2019.

The policy of the Trump administration is not officially to call for regime change, though top officials have often hinted at it. Outlining his approach in May, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said it was up to the Iranian people to relieve the pressure on the country by changing their government.

Giuliani was one of 33 senior US officials and military brass at the year’s conference on Saturday. Bill Richardson, former US ambassador to the United Nations, US energy secretary and Democratic governor of New Mexico, was also in attendance.

Stephen Harper, former prime minister of Canada, also delivered a speech advocating regime change in Iran.

It was unclear if the speakers at the Saturday conference were paid. The NCRI and MeK have been known for paying very high fees.

Most observers of Iranian politics say the MeK has minimal support in Iran and is widely hated for its use of violence and close links to Israeli intelligence.

In sweltering temperatures on Saturday, about 4,000 people arrived by bus at the Parc des expositions centre. Many were draped in the MeK flag, which replaces the sign for “Allah” on the Iranian flag with a yellow lion. Others wore yellow sun hats displaying the hashtag “#Maryam Rajavi”.

Around half of the attendees were Iranian. The other half consisted of an assortment of bored-looking Poles, Czechs, Slovakians, Germans and Syrians who responded to a Facebook campaign promising travel, food and accommodation to Paris for a mere €25. Hundreds of Syrian refugees settled in Germany also attended. Many snoozed under trees during speeches.

“We saw the deal on Facebook and we agreed to come on a holiday,” said a young Syrian mother as she sat on the conference floor, fanning her two young children. “I have never seen Paris. I don’t know anything about the MeK.”

By M.A. Saki
MKO and gathering of zealots

M.A.Zaki, Tehran Times, July 03 2018
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On Saturday a bunch of zealots got together in Paris to mark the annual meeting of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), also referred to as Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) in foreign media outlets.

Participants at the gathering were a number of American hawks such as Rudy Giuliani – Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and former New York mayor- a number of other former U.S. officials, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and a number of MKO members.

According to the Guardian, groups of bored-looking Poles, Czechs, Slovakians, Germans and Syrians also attended the event. The Guardian said they responded to a Facebook campaign promising travel, food and accommodation to Paris for a mere €25.

Anybody who is little bit familiar with the record of the MKO and the personality of its ringleaders including Maryam Rajavi cannot stop laughing when he notices that Giuliani told the gathering that the ruling system in Iran “must be replaced by a democratic government which Madam Rajavi represents”.

The MKO, a totalitarian cult group, is detested by all Iranians with different political persuasions. The people can never forget that they sided with Iraq’s Saddam Hussein during his war against Iran in the 1980s. The Iraqis also hate this group as Saddam Hussein used them to suppress opponents, especially the Kurds in northern Iraq.

In addition to terrorist activities in the days of the 1979 revolution which the number of their victims reach about 17000, the MKO still commits acts of terror whenever it finds an opportunity. The assassination of Iranian nuclear experts on orders of the Israeli spy agency Mossad is an example.

Those MKO members who had succeeded to flee from Camp Ashraf in Iraq have cited horrific stories about the group.

One may not expect persons like Maryam Rajavi and other MKO ringleaders to repent their past and apologize the Iranians because they have brainwashed and ruined the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iranian youth through their extreme political and religious dispositions. However, it is shocking to see that some figures like Giuliani and Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker and a close Trump ally, attend MKO conferences. It is noteworthy that John Bolton, who now acts as national security advisor to Trump, also attended the group’s meeting last year.

When one sees such moves he asks himself: How can these figures, no matter how much hawkish they may be, attend the meetings of the MKO which its history is rife with terrorism and treason?

No matter how much Giuliani, Bolton, Gingrich, Harper and other hawks hate the Islamic republic system but attending the gatherings of such an extreme group is disgraceful and self-inflicting otherwise we conclude that these persons are as stupid, bigoted, dangerous, and extreme as the MKO ringleaders.

Press TV, July 03 2018
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A picture posted by a follower of #IranHatesMEK (an acronym for the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, or MKO) depicts a portrait of MKO ringleader Maryam Rajavi against a backdrop of the US flag.
A picture posted by a follower of #IranHatesMEK (an acronym for the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, or MKO) depicts a portrait of MKO ringleader Maryam Rajavi against a backdrop of the US flag.

A hashtag uniting those who detest the anti-Iran Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) is accumulating a significant following on Twitter.Online users are hotly debating a recent annual gathering of the anti-Iran terrorist group, which turned out to have gathered largely a disinterested audience as mere extras.The MKO has a dark history of assassinations and bombings against the Iranian government and nation. It notoriously sided with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his eight-year war against Iran in the 1980s.Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist assaults since the victory of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, about 12,000 have fallen victim to MKO’s acts of terror.The terrorist group also helped Saddam in his brutal crackdown on his opponents.Ticket to ParisThe gathering of the group last Saturday featured a ragtag crowd of youths, who would keep seizing opportunities to escape the venue for a snack or a nap.Later, some of them revealed they could not make much or any sense of what was being talked about at the event.“They invited you?” one was asked. “Yes, of course, like everybody here,” he answered.“Have you been inside? And… you don’t understand [what is being talked about]?” he was again asked.“No, nothing. [Just] speaking, speaking…, and I wanna sleep. And we come outside, drink, eat, relax…,” he said.“You came all over here just for the meeting?” a female was asked.“Yes, and to Paris…”“They paid for the whole trip, right?”“No, we have to pay something, but a small amount of money. I think it is a strategy to bring us here, and because it’s Paris, and they made it very cheap so they can have their rally,” she said.The ticket to Paris also reportedly wooed in many Afghans, who said they knew naught about Iranian politics.

Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the US House of Representatives and a close associate of US President Donald Trump, is seen in this frame grab addressing an annual gathering of the anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), in Paris, France, on July 1, 2017.

Also present at the meeting were Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the US House of Representatives and a close associate of US President Donald Trump, as well as former US official John Bolton, who are two habitués to anti-Iran gatherings.

Former US official John Bolton is seen in this frame grab addressing an annual gathering of the anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), in Paris, France, on July 1, 2017.

Preaching democracySome European and Saudi officials, including former Saudi Arabian spy chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, also addressed the meeting.Paris had hosted a previous convention of the MKO, which Faisal also attended.During the events, MKO ringleader Maryam Rajavi and Faisal have been campaigning for the “establishment of democracy in Iran.”This is while elections are held in Iran regularly, as opposed to Saudi Arabia, where an absolute monarchy rules and where the ruling family has put its name on the country.Online reactionsThose contributing to #IranHatesMEK — MEK is another acronym for the MKO — are reminding the world of the atrocities and are questioning Paris, Riyadh, and Washington’s sponsorship of the group’s continued existence.“The Last One”‏ uploaded a picture of Maryam Rajavi and wrote, “Not any thief has mask on his/her face! Not any terrorist has gun in his/her hand!”“Good old days: #MEK leader received shelter & fund from Saddam when he was a US ally in 1980s,” wrote another user, who incorporated a picture featuring a handshake between former MKO head Massoud Rajavi and Saddam Hussein.

Another user posted a picture purportedly showing an MKO member “burying Iraqi Kurd children alive.” (See below)

One picture posted by users featured an Iranian war victim beside a heap of medicine and an oxygen capsule. (See below)

“Traitors that sided with a foreign country to attack their own no longer have the right to call themselves Iranian,” read another tweet.“If France was going to react to the massacres committed by #MEK, the #EiffelTower would blackout like forever,” and “Hey France! You are shelter of our murderers, can we judge you?” read two other tweets.

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رودی جولیانی لابی تروریسم مجاهدین خلق و صدامNational Security: Could Maryam Rajavi (Mojahedin Khalq) blackmail her friends in high places – Rudi Giuliani, John Bolton and Newt Gingrich

Remember.Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) was one of the excuses of US attacking Iraq

National Security: Could Maryam Rajavi (Mojahedin Khalq) blackmail her friends in high places – Rudi Giuliani, John Bolton and Newt Gingrich

mojahedin-khalq-radicalisation-maryam-rajaviAmbassador Daniel Benjamin: I was at State when we took the MeK (Mojahedin Khalq, Saddam’s Private Army) off the terrorist list. But team Trump’s ties to the group still worry me.


(Massoud Rajavi and his pay master Saddam Hussein)
 

Remember.Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) was one of the excuses of US attacking Iraq

Guliani Maryam Rajavi Mojahedin Khalq terroristsFormer U.S. Officials Make Millions Advocating For Terrorist Organization (2011)

The Life of Camp Ashraf,
Mojahedin-e Khalq Victims of Many Masters

Link to the full description of Mojahedin (MEK, MKO) Logo (pdf file)

(Rajavi cult or MKO aslo known as Saddam’s Private Army)

زهره قائمی فرمانده ترور صیاد شیرازیSydney hostage-taker was affiliated with Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)

مریم رجوی داعش تروریسم Open letter of Ali Akbar Rastgoo to the Australian Ambassador in Germany: Keep Mojahedin Khalq on terrorist List

Massoud Khodabandeh: The Iranian Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) and Its Media Strategy:
Methods of Information Manufacture

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Michael Rubin, Community Magazine, November 15 2016:… If the goal of the Trump administration is to contain, weaken, and roll back the influence of the Islamic Republic, then outreach to the MKO is the worst possible move because it would rally Iranians around the flag and strengthen the current regime. The simple fact is this: if there is any consensus within Iran, it is that the MKO is the only thing worse than … 

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