Observer Research Foundation, Euroasia Review, November 07 2014:… Mossad, was the obvious suspect. It is believed to have acted in collaboration with the Mujahideen e-Khalq, an Iranian émigré organisation banned by the US as a terrorist organisation. The Americans, instead of chastising Israel for working with a banned terrorist organisation, helped them to launch …
Iran’s N-Talks: Two Steps Forward And Another Act Of Sabotage – Analysis
As the deadline for nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 is closing in on November 24, one thing is clear. Both parties are seriously engaged in and seem determined to achieve a breakthrough. They met in Vienna last month (October 15) and again earlier this week (November 3) and have come up with some substantial progress. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif are again expected to meet in Oman at the end of this week (Nov. 9-10).
There appears some kind of agreement on two issues. First is that Iran would be allowed to operate 4000 centrifuges, from its present stock of over 10,000 centrifuges that are operating out of a total of over 19,000 centrifuges. Iran has, however, not agreed to destroy the rest as was demanded by the US. This could still be a sticking point with the US Congress.
Second is that Iran has agreed to ship out its Medium Enriched Uranium (MEU) i.e., uranium enriched up to 20% to Russia to be converted into nuclear rods for its Bushehr plant. The second agreement brokered on November 3 seems a major step, but the fact is Iran has been there and done that, well, almost. When the apparently more recalcitrant Ahmedinejad was the President, he too had agreed, in 2009, to ship out the MEU to Turkey though much less quantity than todays, but the Supreme Leader had baulked at the idea. This had so angered President Ahmedinejad that he unceremoniously sacked his Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki (who was leading the talks with the West), while on a State visit to Senegal. Mottaki was a known hardliner regarded close to the Supreme Leader and may have had something to do with the veto by the latter. That was the beginning of a long slide in the relations between President Ahmedinejad and the Supreme Leader.
Now handing over the MEU to Russia seems the more natural choice, as the latter has been involved with the Iranian nuclear programme for over decades and with the Bushehr plant, in particular, for nearly a decade. Over 12,700 kilograms of MEU is to be handed over to Russia for conversion. Russia has been a sympathetic supporter of Iran planning and assisting it in the gaming of negotiations, while all along insisting that it shut down its nuclear weapons programme. A position that is entirely similar to our own. However, India could never manage this kind of comfort and confidence with Iran, though some of the key Western members wanted us to press on Iranian leaders and convince them the futility of the weapons program. That should not have been difficult in view of our proximity to Tehran and our continued defiance of Western sanctions. Iran, however, suspected us to be completely in the US camp after the Indo-US civil nuclear deal of July 2005 and our subsequent vote against it in the IAEA on referring Iran nuclear dossier to the UNSC. Our relationship had certainly estranged, though not broken.
Now, while the negotiations are on track and when Iran is conceding most of the demands, why should there be an explosion in an Iranian site considered crucial to its nuclear programme, that too a missiles and munitions centre, i.e., Parchin. That is one place the IAEA inspectors were insistent on visiting though Iran had rightly objected to it by saying that there were neither nuclear reactors nor any nuclear material and that a missile development and test centre was beyond the scope of IAEA inspection.
The explosion at Parchin occurred on the night of Sunday October 5 and the massive blast and the resultant fire could be heard and seen in Tehran, about 30 kms from the blast site. News reports indicate that several buildings were destroyed in the fire, though no casualties have been reported so far. This is in keeping with the Iranian government’s policy of maintaining strict silence over incidents occurring in sensitive military installations. To absolve the West of any possible linkage with this explosion, the New York Times adds for good measure that the site of explosion ‘was distant from a part of the base that the IAEA has been seeking access for years, to investigate reports of experiments on high explosives that could have been used in nuclear weapons’. Now that is rather assuring, but then who could have done it.
This explosion appears entirely in line with a previous one at the very site in November 2011 that virtually destroyed a missile test and resulted in the death of 17 high level scientists and Gen. Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, head of the missile development centre. Iranian authorities directly blamed Israel for the attack. Israel neither accepted nor rejected the allegation and no other country or group claimed credit for it. The New York Times, however, has recorded the unrestrained glee with which ‘a senior Israeli officer noted several weeks later that the timing of the explosion was remarkable because General Moghaddam, who traveled often, “just happened to be sitting in his office” at the time’. Well, well, it may have been a wayward Israeli drone but why on earth should General Moghaddam be sitting in his office?
Iran has been facing targeted killing of its nuclear scientists and precision guided cyber-attacks on its nuclear reactors since the early 2010. In January 2010, a Professor of Tehran University and a nuclear scientist Massoud Ali Mohammadi was killed with a bomb placed under his car. In November 2010, two other nuclear scientists, Majid Shariari and Fereydoun Abbasi Davani, were targeted with a similar bomb placed under their car. Fereydoun Davani survived the attack and later went on to become the Vice President and Head of Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran. In January 2012, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a top official of the Natanz Uranium Enrichment plant, was killed again in a car bomb attack.
Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, was the obvious suspect. It is believed to have acted in collaboration with the Mujahideen e-Khalq, an Iranian émigré organisation banned by the US as a terrorist organisation. The Americans, instead of chastising Israel for working with a banned terrorist organisation, helped them to launch highly sophisticated cyber-attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Most famous of them was the virus known as the ‘Stuxnet’. The Stuxnet, designed to attack industrial Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), was launched in June 2010. Stuxnet compromised Iranian PLCs, collecting information on industrial systems and caused the fast-spinning centrifuges to destroy themselves by altering their speed of spinning. The program reportedly ruined almost one-fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges.
More recently, in March this year, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the West of trying to sabotage a heavy-water nuclear reactor under construction in Arak by altering components of its cooling system, a step he said could have led to an “environmental catastrophe.” Mr. Zarif said a foreign power had tried “to create malfunctions in equipment” purchased for the Arak plant from outside Iran “so that instead of cooling the facility, they would have increased the heat in the facility had we not detected it” in time. (New York Times).
With such baggage of hostility and mistrust, it is surprising that the Iranian leadership is at all negotiating with the US, yet it seems to have no choice. The economic hardships that its people have borne for all these years leave it with little options. President Rouhani has promised a Government of ‘Hope and Recovery’ and he has to deliver on that.
(The writer is a Visiting Distinguished Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, Delhi)
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Israel gave fake Iran dossier to Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult)
US War on Iran Takes Bizarre Turn (Mojahedin Khalq, MEK, Rajavi cult)
Tony Cartalucci, New Eastern Outlook, Octomber 18 2014: … This support would manifest itself in perhaps the most overt and bizarre declaration of allegiance to terrorism to date, US Army General Hugh Shelton on stage before terrorists of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) and their Wahabist counterparts fighting in Syria, hysterically pledging …
US War on Iran Takes Bizarre Turn (Mojahedin Khalq, MEK, Rajavi cult)
It is not merely hyperbole when it is said the US created terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda or the so-called “Islamic State.” It is documented fact. The current conflict in the Middle East may appear to be a chaotic conflagration beyond the control of the United States and its many eager allies, but in reality it is the intentional, engineered creation of regional fronts in a war against Iran and its powerful arc of influence.
It is not Western policy that indirectly spurs the creation and perpetuation of terrorist organizations, but in fact, direct, intentional, unmistakable support.
This support would manifest itself in perhaps the most overt and bizarre declaration of allegiance to terrorism to date, US Army General Hugh Shelton on stage before terrorists of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) and their Wahabist counterparts fighting in Syria, hysterically pledging American material, political, and strategic backing. MEK was listed for years by the US State Department as a foreign terrorist organization, but has received funding, arms, and safe haven by the United States for almost as long.
General Hugh’s speech titled, “Making Iranian mullahs fear, the MEK, come true,” was most likely never meant to be seen or fully understood by Americans. In titled alone, it is clear that US foreign policy intends to use the tool of terrorism to exact concessions from Tehran. If the true nature of America’s support for terrorist organizations like MEK were more widely known, the current narrative driving US intervention in Iraq and Syria would crumble.
MEK Has Killed US Servicemen, Contractors, and Iranian Civilians For Decades
MEK has carried out decades of brutal terrorist attacks, assassinations, and espionage against the Iranian government and its people, as well as targeting Americans including the attempted kidnapping of US Ambassador Douglas MacArthur II, the attempted assassination of USAF Brigadier General Harold Price, the successful assassination of Lieutenant Colonel Louis Lee Hawkins, the double assassinations of Colonel Paul Shaffer and Lieutenant Colonel Jack Turner, and the successful ambush and killing of American Rockwell International employees William Cottrell, Donald Smith, and Robert Krongard.
Admissions to the deaths of the Rockwell International employees can be found within a report written by former US State Department and Department of Defense official Lincoln Bloomfield Jr. on behalf of the lobbying firm Akin Gump in an attempt to dismiss concerns over MEK’s violent past and how it connects to its current campaign of armed terror – a testament to the depths of depravity from which Washington and London lobbyists operate.
To this day MEK terrorists have been carrying out attacks inside of Iran killing political opponents, attacking civilian targets, as well as carrying out the US-Israeli program of targeting and assassinating Iranian scientists. MEK terrorists are also suspected of handling patsies in recent false flag operations carried out in India, Georgia, and Thailand, which have been ham-handedly blamed on the Iranian government by the United States and Israel.
MEK is described by Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Ray Takeyh as a “cult-like organization” with “totalitarian tendencies.” While Takeyh fails to expand on what he meant by “cult-like” and “totalitarian,” an interview with US State Department-run Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty reported that a MEK Camp Ashraf escapee claimed the terrorist organization bans marriage, using radios, the Internet, and holds many members against their will with the threat of death if ever they are caught attempting to escape.
US Has Been Eagerly Supporting MEK Terrorists For Years
Besides providing MEK terrorists with now two former US military bases in Iraq as safe havens, the US has conspired to arm, fund, and back MEK for years in a proxy war against Iran.
Covert support for the US-listed terrorist group Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK) has been ongoing since at least 2008 under the Bush administration, when Seymour Hersh’s 2008 New Yorker article “Preparing the Battlefield,” reported that not only had MEK been considered for their role as a possible proxy, but that the US had already begun arming and financing them to wage war inside Iran:
The M.E.K. has been on the State Department’s terrorist list for more than a decade, yet in recent years the group has received arms and intelligence, directly or indirectly, from the United States. Some of the newly authorized covert funds, the Pentagon consultant told me, may well end up in M.E.K. coffers. “The new task force will work with the M.E.K. The Administration is desperate for results.” He added, “The M.E.K. has no C.P.A. auditing the books, and its leaders are thought to have been lining their pockets for years. If people only knew what the M.E.K. is getting, and how much is going to its bank accounts—and yet it is almost useless for the purposes the Administration intends.
More recently, the British Daily Mail published a stunning admission by “US officials” that Israel is currently funding, training, arming, and working directly with MEK. The Daily Mail article states:Seymore Hersh in an NPR interview, also claims that select MEK members have already received trainingin the US.
U.S. officials confirmed today that Israel has been funding and training Iranian dissidents to assassinate nuclear scientists involved in Iran’s nuclear program. Washington insiders confirmed there is a close relationship between Mossad and MEK.
In 2009, an extensive conspiracy was formulated within US policy think-tank Brookings Institution’s 2009 “Which Path to Persia?” report, proposing to fully arm, train, and back MEK as it waged a campaign of armed terror against the Iranian people. In their report, they openly conspire to use what is an admitted terrorist organization as a “US proxy” (emphasis added):
“Perhaps the most prominent (and certainly the most controversial) opposition group that has attracted attention as a potential U.S. proxy is the NCRI (National Council of Resistance of Iran), the political movement established by the MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq). Critics believe the group to be undemocratic and unpopular, and indeed anti-American.
In contrast, the group’s champions contend that the movement’s long-standing opposition to the Iranian regime and record of successful attacks on and intelligence-gathering operations against the regime make it worthy of U.S. support. They also argue that the group is no longer anti-American and question the merit of earlier accusations. Raymond Tanter, one of the group’s supporters in the United States, contends that the MEK and the NCRI are allies for regime change in Tehran and also act as a useful proxy for gathering intelligence. The MEK’s greatest intelligence coup was the provision of intelligence in 2002 that led to the discovery of a secret site in Iran for enriching uranium.
Despite its defenders’ claims, the MEK remains on the U.S. government list of foreign terrorist organizations. In the 1970s, the group killed three U.S. officers and three civilian contractors in Iran. During the 1979-1980 hostage crisis, the group praised the decision to take America hostages and Elaine Sciolino reported that while group leaders publicly condemned the 9/11 attacks, within the group celebrations were widespread.
Undeniably, the group has conducted terrorist attacks—often excused by the MEK’s advocates because they are directed against the Iranian government. For example, in 1981, the group bombed the headquarters of the Islamic Republic Party, which was then the clerical leadership’s main political organization, killing an estimated 70 senior officials. More recently, the group has claimed credit for over a dozen mortar attacks, assassinations, and other assaults on Iranian civilian and military targets between 1998 and 2001. At the very least, to work more closely with the group (at least in an overt manner), Washington would need to remove it from the list of foreign terrorist organizations.”
Besides US Army General Hugh Shelton, other prominent US politicians to literally stand before crowds of baying MEK terrorists and their supporters include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Howard Dean, Tom Ridge, John Lewis, Ed Rendell, former ambassador John Bolton, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, retired General Wesley Clark, Lee Hamilton, former US Marine Corps Commandant General James Jones, and Alan Dershowitz. US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi would also stand in front of MEK terrorists to deliver to them an Iranian New Year “greeting.”
Blind Lust for Global Hegemony is Leading America Over a Cliff
What it says about American foreign policy, to trick US servicemen and women into dying in far off lands to “fight terrorism” when US politicians in the highest positions of power openly pledge support to terrorism – using it as a battering ram against its enemies abroad, and failing to topple them by proxy, using their own terrorist hordes as a pretext for direct military intervention to do so – is that such policy is underpinned by nothing more than blind lust for power, wealth, and influence in senseless pursuit of global hegemony. There is no guiding principles of peace, stability, democracy, freedom, or any confining principles of humanity that prohibit US foreign policy from exercising the most abhorrent practices in order to achieve its goals.
Failure to identify these interests blindly chasing hegemony at the cost of global peace and prosperity leads not only America over a cliff into a ravine of madness, but the entire world as well. That a US general can stand before terrorists even as the US bombs two nations in the name of fighting terrorism, is but a glimpse into this madness.For America and the Western aligned nations and interests caught in its orbit, there is no future. Chasing hegemony for the sake of hegemony alone leaves no room for actual progress. When anything and everything obstructing the path to hegemony is seen as an “enemy” to be destroyed by any means necessary, that includes setting aside resources and attention to solving some of the most pressing issues of our time – health care, infrastructure, education, better jobs, peace, and prosperity. All of these are seen as obstacles toward hegemony, and the very same interests standing before MEK terrorists pledging America’s resources to their campaign of terrorism against Iran, are the same interests calling for and implementing austerity upon the American people to continuously fuel its foreign adventures.
Daniel Larison, Th American Conservative, August 10 2014: …It’s important to remember that the MEK and its umbrella group are not “the main Iranian opposition” or anything like it. For one thing, the real “main” Iranian opposition is still in Iran, and unlike the MEK it is not widely loathed by Iranians. Naturally, any exile group would like foreign governments to believe that …
Fars News, August 04 2014: … The ringleader of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, PMOI and NCRI) expressed his solidarity with the Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group. Referring to the execution of 16 men affiliated to Jaish-Al-Adl terrorist group, Masoud Rajavi, whose whereabouts are …
Nejat Society reporting from Fars News Agency, August 02 2014: … Heidar Asharfa’, the representative of the International Parliament for Safety and Peace in Iraq told FNA reporter in Baghdad:” the MKO terrorist group has long been contributing ISIS elements. They also support the Tekfiri ISIS logistically and military.” …
Mazda Parsi, Nejat bloggers, July 31 2014: …To justify its support for the Iraqi crisis makers the MKO propaganda refers to “remarks” of its self-claimed leader Maryam Rajavi who is swollen with pride to address “parliamentarians and prominent political figures, especially former U.S. senior officials”. Her so-called remarks say…
Justin Raimondo, Anti War, September 10 2014: … That’s the same phrase used to describe yet another purloined laptop, this one supplied by the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, an Iranian terrorist group that, for years, has been feeding the War Party bogus “intelligence” about Tehran’s nonexistent nuclear weapons program. That tall tale was debunked in 2011 …
Philip Giraldi, Global Research, August 31 2014: … Supporters of MEK also ignore the fact that the group is run like a cult, routinely executes internal dissidents, and has virtually no political support within Iran. But such are the ways of the corrupt Washington punditocracy, lionizing an organization that it should be shunning. MEK’s political arm is located in Paris and …
Matt Potter, Sab Diego Reader, August 21 2014: … It may seem a bit late, but ex-San Diego mayor Bob Filner, who quit office following revelations of sexual harassment last summer, has just received a warning from California’s Fair Political Practices Commission. In a letter dated July 23, commission senior counsel Neal Bucknell calls out Filner for …