The Paris-based terrorist cult, Mujahideen-e Khalq Organization (MKO, aka Munafiqeen), has married into prominent American politicians in the ludicrous belief that this will enable them to grab power by bringing down the Islamic government in Iran. On June 30, the cult held another of its hugely expensive fests in Paris. Prominent American rightwingers, including such notorious figures as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (animal, vegetable or mineral?), were there.
The British daily, The Guardian reported (June 30) that about 4,000 people, many of them refugees and young East Europeans were bussed in for a weekend trip to Paris. They comprised an odd assortment of 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. The MKO terrorists’ desperation is evident if it has to bribe refugees and East Europeans to attend its rallies.
“Freedom is right around the corner… Next year I want to have this convention in Tehran!” Giuliani screamed into the microphone. There is as much chance of that happening as there is of a committed Muslim eating pig meat. The MKO is intensely hated in Iran because of its terrorist acts killing more than 12,000 people including many prominent officials.
With zero support in Iran and its ranks rapidly dwindling, how does MKO finance its programs? The Saudi regime funds them lavishly. The terrorists in turn pay tons of money to greedy and corrupt American officials and politicians. Not surprisingly it has become well known that America has the best democracy money can buy. We can add to this another truism: terrorism is an integral part of US foreign policy.
Until 2012, Washington had proscribed the MKO as a terrorist organization. After intense lobbying and bribing members of the US Congress, the group was taken off the list. Does that make it kosher now? The US has been in bed with other terrorist outfits: al-Qaeda, al-Nusrah Front, ISIS et al. These outfits have failed to achieve US military/political objectives anywhere. Why should the MKO be any more successful given its horrific record and alliance with the Iraqi tyrant Saddam Husayn when he attacked Iran in September 1980? Iranians of all political persuasions view the MKO not only as a terrorist outfit but also guilty of treason.
Most Iranians have no illusions about the true nature of the US. It is extremely hostile to Islamic Iran and has tried — unsuccessfully — since the establishment of the Islamic government in 1979 to overthrow it. Currently, the US is financing terrorists in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, Khuzestan, and Kurdistan. Iran’s currency is being manipulated causing economic disruption. Its oil sales are being blocked and there is intense hate-filled propaganda against Iran. Any other country would take these as acts of war.
Successive American regimes have violated international law and signed agreements with Iran in their attempt to destabilize and, therefore, overthrow the Islamic Republic.
As early as January 1981, in what came to be called the Algiers Accords, the US agreed to not interfere in Iran’s internal affairs and desist from attempting to overthrow it. Washington also pledged to return all the frozen assets of the Islamic Republic amounting to some $40 billion at the time (now equal to $100 billion or more).
This was done in exchange for releasing American spies operating under diplomatic cover in the US den of spies in Tehran (aka the embassy). Once the spies were released, the Americans resumed their destabilizing activities and have refused to return stolen Iranian wealth. From sanctions and internal sabotage to assassinations, the US has done everything to undermine the Islamic Republic. The most recent example was its repudiation of the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran that was signed after years of negotiations. Five other countries were involved in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The US embrace of terrorists reveals its true nature: a sponsor of terrorism making it an international outlaw. Such tactics have not succeeded before and will, insha’allah, not succeed in the future. Iran’s governing system is based on Islamic principles; it enjoys overwhelming mass support. Far from the US and its terrorist proxies succeeding in overthrowing the Islamic government in Iran, it is much more likely the American system will collapse under the weight of its own contradictions, hypocrisy, greed, and unprovoked aggression.
The world would be a far better and safer place were that to happen.
Zafar Bangash is Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT).