MEK a US-built state within a state

MEK a US-built state within a state

MEK, a US-built state within a stateNejat Society, August 18 2019:…The love affairs of prominent US politicians with the insurgents, extremists and terrorist groups including the Mujahedin Khalq (MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi). In case of the MEK, the relationship is more controversial because of the group’s past anti-American, Anti-Imperialism background. “The Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), which was once a sworn enemy of the United States, has over the past few years reinvented itself as a tactical ally to several Western governments in view of its desire to see Iran’s government collapse,” Catherine Shakdam of citizentruth.org writes. The old saying “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is the root of these notorious affairs. MEK a US-built state within a state 

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MEK a US-built state within a state

When it comes to the alleged US government’s efforts to bring democracy to the world and particularly the Middle East, journalists, analysts and scholars across the world never hesitate to cover the love affairs of prominent US politicians with the insurgents, extremists and terrorist groups including the Mujahedin Khalq (MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi). In case of the MEK, the relationship is more controversial because of the group’s past anti-American, Anti-Imperialism background.

“The Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), which was once a sworn enemy of the United States, has over the past few years reinvented itself as a tactical ally to several Western governments in view of its desire to see Iran’s government collapse,” Catherine Shakdam of citizentruth.org writes. The old saying “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is the root of these notorious affairs. [1]

Indeed, the US sponsorship for the cult-like MEK group –although it was once listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department— together with Saudi dollars has led the group to organize its new headquarters in Albania to launch its propaganda campaign against the Iranian Government.

“With the support of the United States and a few other governments, the MEK has assembled a group of mainly elderly people who create social media accounts under fictitious names, and ‘tweet’ and post anti-Iranian information,” Robert Fantina writes in the CounterPunch. “They write articles and submit them, often successfully (one must give them credit for deceiving some major U.S. news outlets) under the name of a non-existent journalist. Like all those social media accounts, said journalist is a figment of MEK’s creative imagination. They take their instructions from a woman who sees herself as Iran’s new savior. They see themselves as being able, with the assistance of the U.S., of course, to defeat the 40-year-old people’s revolution.” [2]

As a recent article by Murtaza Hussain in The Intercept states, MEK has become a reference point to for the US government to formulate its Iranian agenda. The Intercept article reads:

“In 2018, President Donald Trump was seeking to jettison the landmark nuclear deal that his predecessor had signed with Iran in 2015, and he was looking for ways to win over a skeptical press. The White House claimed that the nuclear deal had allowed Iran to increase its military budget, and Washington Post reporters Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly asked for a source. In response, the White House passed along an article published in Forbes by a writer named Heshmat Alavi.” [3]

However, “Heshmat Alavi appears not to exist. Alavi’s persona is a propaganda operation run by the Iranian opposition group Mojahedin-e-Khalq, which is known by the initials MEK, two sources told The Intercept.” Alavi, the Intercepts suggests, is the outcome of the US-MEK-Saudi effort for war against Iranian nation. [4]

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The notorious relation also includes the Albanian politicians. As the Canadian-Albanian historian Olsi Jazexhi tells the Balkan Post, “The MEK has created a state within a state in Albania like Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda created in Afghanistan in the era of Mullah Omar.”
“Albanian police, courts, prosecutors etc. have no power over the MEK,” Dr. Jazexhi asserts. “If any state body will ever dare to challenge what the MEK is doing – they will face the wrath of the Americans. By hosting the MEK and supporting its illegal activities the Americans have turned Albania into a kind of a European Guantanamo Bay.”

He warns about the influence of the US policy over Albanian politicians.

“If you ask in private any Albanian politicians – including those who attend the MEK meetings with Maryam Rajavi – as to how much democratic MEK is, they will laugh,” he reveals. “The most enthusiastic supporters of the MEK will tell you in private “we know that they are terrorists. But America has told us to support them and we do it.” [5]

Dr. Jazexhi believes that many Albanians have now understood that the democratic system that the Americans would like to install in Iran will look like the regime of Edi Rama in Albania or the cult of Maryam Rajavi. “A “democracy” like the democracy of the time of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi when the U.S. Embassy was determining the fate of the Iranian nation,” he says. [6]

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But, is it a rational argument by warmongers to invest on the terrorist cultist like the MEK?

“To disavow Iran politically should not translate into an alliance of convenience with groups we know to have promoted and perpetrated heinous acts of terrorism,” Catherine Shakdam suggests. “Recent attempts at regime change in Libya and Syria, through the weaponization of less than desirable factions, on the basis that the end justified the means should serve as cautionary tales.” [7]

“To offer more than an ear to a group, which not too long ago, rejoiced at the misfortune of U.S. diplomats certainly flies in the face of the America President Trump has been not only so keen on but vocal on defending and promoting,” she writes.

Georgio Cafiero of Inside Arabia sees Shakdam’s hypothesis for a US-MEK led regime change in Iran as impossible. He properly concludes:

“Realistically, the MEK lacks any means to mobilize support in Iran for an overthrow of the regime. Furthermore, if there is one thing that unites all Iranians of different affiliations, it is the loathing for a cult that sided with Iraq during its war against their homeland… it is difficult to imagine a group, which still castigates its defecting members, successfully orchestrating a regime change in Iran, let alone one that is coordinated from southeastern Europe…Yet none of the actors that want to see the Iranian regime fall should have any reason to believe that the MEK is a reliable actor capable of bringing about the desired outcome.” [8]

Ultimately, Robert Fantina provides the best answer:

“The MEK and its criminal members and leaders will not prevail; the Iranian people are proud of what they have accomplished, and will not allow a few disillusioned people, even those who have the support of the United States, to defeat them.” [9]

By Mazda Parsi

References:
[1] Shakdam, Catherine, Is the Trump Administration Allowing a Terrorist Group to Shape Its Iran Policy?, citizentruth.org, August 2nd , 2019.
[2] Fantina, Robert,The MEK: Illusion vs. Reality, Counter Punch, August 2nd , 2019.
[3] Hussain, Murtaza, An Iranian Activist Wrote Dozens of Articles for Right-Wing Outlets. But Is He a Real Person?, The Intercept, June 9th, 2019.
[4] ibid
[5] Balkan Post, The American ‘democratic alternative against Iran’ is helping Albania slide toward authoritarianism, August 6th, 2019.
[6] ibid
[7] Shakdam, Catherine, Is the Trump Administration Allowing a Terrorist Group to Shape Its Iran Policy?, citizentruth.org, August 2nd , 2019.
[8] Cafiero, Giorgio, MEK: Totalitarian Cult, or Iran’s Brightest Hope for “Democracy”?, Inside Arabia, Aug 5th, 2019.
[9] Fantina, Robert,The MEK: Illusion vs. Reality, Counter Punch, August 2nd , 2019.

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Who is behind the expenditures of the Miracle in Ashraf 3

Who is behind the expenditures of the Miracle in Ashraf 3Nejat Society, August 13 2019:… This year’s so-called “grand gathering” of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi) was held in Albania, instead of holding it near the group’s headquarters in Paris. The group held a five day ceremony to inaugurate its lavish headquarters in a rural region in Albania. The newly built camp is called Ashraf 3, following the name of the group’s infamous camp in Iraq.  Who is behind the expenditures of the Miracle in Ashraf 3 .

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Who is behind the expenditures of the Miracle in Ashraf 3 ?

This year’s so-called “grand gathering” of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi) was held in Albania, instead of holding it near the group’s headquarters in Paris. The group held a five day ceremony to inaugurate its lavish headquarters in a rural region in Albania. The newly built camp is called Ashraf 3, following the name of the group’s infamous camp in Iraq. The five-day event was attended by a large number of former politicians from all over the world including pro-Israeli lobbyist Joe Lieberman, Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, and Saudi lobbyist Salman al-Ansari.

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Who is behind the expenditures of the Miracle in Ashraf 3

Balkan Post describes the paid speakers of the events as “relatively unknown and belong to the opposition parties” asserting that just a few incumbents are among them. However, they are all offered first class flights and luxurious hotels to attend the inauguration ceremony of the group’s new base in the heart of Europe. These special guests were received in the splendidly decorated halls of the camp. The monuments, museums, billboards and posters mesmerized the guests. So there is no surprise to hear Rudy Giuliani –one of the few incumbents– calling Ashraf 3 a “miracle”!

Who pays for the construction of such a “miracle”?

Definitely, one should add the expenses of the life of at least 2000 residents of the camp, the speaking fees of dozens of speakers who speak in favor of the group in its numerous rallies around the world, the expenses of transportation and accommodation of the hundreds who are rented to make the rallies look crowded, to the expenses of Ashraf 3 construction.

One should also take it into consideration that the labor force including those 2000 people work for free. They are not paid for what they serve the MEK. The MEK propaganda has always claimed that the money comes from the Iranian sympathizers of the group all over the world. The group’s propaganda TV regularly broadcast fund raising shows in which some alleged Iranians donate money to the group’s cause. However, the donations do not seem to afford such huge expenditures of the group.

Indeed, the MEK enjoys Saudi oil dollars as it once enjoyed millions of dollars from the oil for food program in Iraq in Saddam Hussein’s era. Philip M. Giraldi, a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer assets:

“The MEK, which is financially supported by Saudi Arabia, stages events in the United States in Europe where it generously pays politicians like John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani and Elaine Chao to make fifteen-minute speeches praising the organization and everything it does. It’s paying of inside the Beltway power brokers proved so successful that it was removed from the State Department terrorist list in 2012 by Hillary Clinton even though it had killed Americans in the 1970s. MEK also finds favor in Washington because it is used by Israel as a resource for anti-Iranian terrorism acts currently, including assassinations carried out in Tehran.” [2]

Giraldi had earlier written about the Saudi-Israeli support for the group in Albania. “And then there is the Saudi and Israeli angle,” he wrote on the Unz Review. “Saudi Arabia is now the major funder of MEK/NCRI. Its intelligence chief Turki al-Faisal spoke before the group in 2017. Israel funded the group in its early days and its external spy service Mossad continues to use MEK stay-behinds in Iran to assassinate scientists and tamper with computer systems. The CIA, which recently expanded its anti-Iran task force, it also working closely with MEK. And Giuliani, Bolton, Chao are all in the White House inner circle, which, not coincidentally, is baying for Iranian blood.” [3]

Thus, building the luxurious Ashraf 3 in a pretty short time is not impossible regarding the abundance of free labor and lavish financial sponsorship. The MEK leaders can buy everything in exchange for selling their nation. But, “The only thing the MEK’s money can’t buy is popular support among Iranians,” states Trita Parsi, the founder of the National Iranian American Council. [4]

Mazda Parsi

Sources:
[1] Balkan Post, Newest MEK terror festival in Albania: a few incumbents among the mass of former officeholders, July 17, 2019.
[2] Giraldi, Philip, False Identities Become the New Weapon: War with Iran Promoted by Fake Journalists, American Herald Tribune, June 17, 2019.
[3] Giraldi, Philip, MEK’s Money Sure Can’t Buy Love But it can buy a lot of politicians, Unz Review, May 29, 2018.
[4] Parsi, Trita, Why Trump’s Hawks Back the MEK Terrorist Cult, NYR Daily, July 20, 2018

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