Iran Interlink, October 11 2019:… MEK supporters are falling like flies. John Bolton resigned/was pushed. Giuliani is fighting his corner over the Ukraine scandal. Netanyahu’s boast that Iran would be reduced to rubble has not materialised. And President Trump is pushing for peace, not war. For Farsi commentators this is yet another sign of the end of MEK. They lost Saddam, the Saudis are in deep trouble over Yemen and now the Trump administration is distancing itself from the Middle East. If they don’t find a new benefactor, MEK are finished. Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – October 11, 2019
Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – October 11, 2019
++ Many, in particular people from various Iranian oppositions, wrote their objections to the visit to Camp Ashraf 3 by the Albanian president. From ex-MEK members to opposition personalities and groups, some wrote in the form of an objection (why do you consider a terrorist group as a opposition to Iran?), others have written warnings (if they have betrayed their own members, people, benefactors including Saddam, surely it’s only a matter of time before they betray you). Some added that the president of Albania has obviously made this visit on the orders of America. Neither the government nor the opposition in Albania are free agents but must follow U.S. orders. As an example, some recalled that the president boarded the US ship Abraham Lincoln allegedly accompanied by MEK agents. When oil tankers were subsequently attacked in the Persian Gulf this led commentators to suggest it was part of a plot concocted by John Bolton and that the Albanian president was simply a pawn.
++ When the drone missile attack hit a Saudi oil installation MEK at first denied anything had happened. When MBS admitted the event took place MEK suddenly announced a great revelation ‘Iran did it’. The MEK held the usual press conferences, publicised their revelations in their own sites and paid other outlets to run the news. Except this didn’t work at all. Nobody took them seriously. Nobody picked up their story. And when MEK staged neocon-backed demonstrations against Rouhani and Zarif outside the UN in New York nobody took any notice either. Commentators write that this is the end of MEK’s use as advertisers and propagandists. MEK has been reduced to working for the Saudis doing intelligence work.
++ MEK supporters are falling like flies. John Bolton resigned/was pushed. Giuliani is fighting his corner over the Ukraine scandal. Netanyahu’s boast that Iran would be reduced to rubble has not materialised. And President Trump is pushing for peace, not war. For Farsi commentators this is yet another sign of the end of MEK. They lost Saddam, the Saudis are in deep trouble over Yemen and now the Trump administration is distancing itself from the Middle East. If they don’t find a new benefactor, MEK are finished.
++ Some articles point out that, as happened in Iraq, when the MEK are in trouble they start attacking the families and ex members pretending they are the enemy and MEK is their opposition. MEK are fighting families instead of the Iranian government.
++ Rossella Tercantin in The Jerusalem Post reported that Iran would add United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) to its list of terrorist entities because the MEK was invited to its Iran summit.
++ In an Open Letter to President Trump, Reza Sadeghi Jaballi asserts that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo should not have attended the same UANI summit to which MEK were invited. MEK history includes the assassination of six Americans. Alireza Jafarzadeh, MEK’s spokesman in the U.S., previously declared his readiness to undertake a suicide mission for MEK.
++ According to Yue Stella Yu in Open Secrets, MEK is using U.S.-Iran tensions to recruit support in America. “Last week, another former high-ranking official joined the camp. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who served under President George W. Bush, registered last week as a foreign agent lobbying pro bono for the National Council of Resistance of Iran.”
++ Former MEK member Mansour Nazari wrote to warn the Albanian government not to believe the lies told by Maryam Rajavi. He suggests that the Albanian president who visited her in Camp Ashraf 3 ask her questions about the MEK prison camps in Iraq and about indiscriminate terrorist attacks on civilians in Iran. Ask her why she is afraid of the families of MEK members. “What are they hiding? Ask yourselves. Millions of Iranians live abroad but only a few tens of them would want anything to do with them. Is this not a dangerous sign to take notice of?”
++ Saudi attempts to increase its presence in Albania (diplomacy, trade, Wahhabism etc) are linked by The Leader News to the MEK’s presence there. It’s suspiciously new, it’s not benign and it’s not good is the conclusion.
++ “For the past 20 years, U.S. foreign policy has been marked by constant lies and unjustified killings” says James Bovard in The American Conservative. To help explain this we should listen to Ted Carpenter who has written a book titled ‘Gullible Superpower’; “Washington policymakers have been deceived by foreign con men who claim to adore freedom and democracy”. No prizes for guessing that MEK are among the list of con men.
++ Reza Sadeghi Jabali has written an Open Letter to the Albanian president Ilir Meter, again warning against trusting the MEK and its leader Maryam Rajavi, “who is considered by Iranians to be one of the worst and most violent mafia-like terrorist cult leaders in Iran’s recent history”. Quoting several critics of MEK who variously refer to MEK as cancerous, mafia-like, fanatical, violent and a threat to Albania, Sadeghi Jabali ends with a real zinger “In 2013 Maryam Rajavi said, we are going to Albania because it is a corrupt country and we will own this country in a short period of time, we have money and instead of paying few hundred thousand dollars to buy a western politician, there we can buy their president with one thousand dollars.” Maybe back in 2013, Maryam Rajavi didn’t know how cheap Albanian politicians really are!
++ Another former-MEK member Davood Baghervand Arshad has also written an Open Letter to the Albanian president. He also lists some of the reasons why MEK are such a bad bunch – there’s so much to say apparently – and encourages him to have a sense of patriotism and not have anything to do with MEK.
++ Ebrahim Khodabandeh likens Maryam Rajavi’s warmongering role to that of Ahmad Chalabi before the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 – manufacturing and disseminating fake narratives and information as the basis for war. Only Rajavi’s attempt to fix blame for the Saudi oil installation attack in the summer fell completely flat. “It could well be that history lessons have been learned” he concludes.
Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – October 11, 2019