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MEK's role in Iran can no longer be denied

Scenes of the 2019 “Free Iran” conference in Ashraf 3, home to members of the Iranian opposition, People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)
Scenes of the 2019 “Free Iran” conference in Ashraf 3, home to members of the Iranian opposition, People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)

Analysis by PMOI/MEK

 

Iran, Aug. 15, 2019 - Iran's mullahs are going through a crisis. The chain-reactions of both factions of the Iranian regime express their fears and concerns after the sanction against the regime's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif coincided with the escalation of activities by the Iranian opposition group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) against the regime both inside and outside Iran.

The regime complains why the U.S. sanctioned their senior diplomat in the nuclear agreement.

Ironically, even regime officials who are against the nuclear deal negotiations complained about the sanctions against Zarif as their effective lever in the negotiations.

The regime's president Hassan Rouhani stated earlier, "You say you are ready for negotiation, but you sanction the negotiator." The state-run newspaper Entekhab wrote, "What on earth is this situation? There is not a single example that two adversaries sanction a Foreign Minister and carry out aggressive measures." Mullahs have forgotten that Adolph Hitler's Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop was arrested and executed after a trial.

In addition, Javan newspaper, affiliated to the terrorist-designated Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), wrote, "It was unprecedented that a U.S. administration ignores Iran's reformist faction in the past 25 years." Javan also protested that the current U.S. administration does not distinguish between the regime's reformist and hardline factions. It added that the U.S. does not pay any attention to the regime's fake political maneuver for deceiving the West, "The Trump administration's policy is aligned with the most serious Iranian movement MEK that seeks regime change in Iran; that is why the U.S. sees no difference between hardliners and reformists in Iran."

These statements are aired by the regime's media after a long systematic silence on the MEK.

In the early 1990s, the regime’s then-president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani announced all the regime’s organizations and media to censor the name of MEK in their publications. From then on, the regime's media intentionally ignored and censored even the MEK's name from their publications as if it didn't exist. The regime was trying to prevent youth and Iran’s new generation from knowing MEK and the growth of their tendency toward MEK's path for overthrowing the mullahs’ regime. “The silence strategy toward MEK is over,” wrote some of the regime’s media last week, showing the regime’s new publicity strategy against MEK.

However, the regime now has no way except admitting to the role of MEK as the only opposition group that can topple the regime and the alternative to the tyrannical rule of the mullahs.

On July 28, an IRGC element, Mahmood Shaeri, pointed out to the abovementioned reason. He admitted that the regime cannot confront MEK through censorship anymore, saying, “Our inappropriate agenda in introducing MEK to the society had two reasons: First, we underestimated MEK to undermine their effective role in people’s minds, but the truth is that MEK is well-organized and has high motivation against us. Second, is the threat of MEK infiltration into our hierarchy.”

 

Is there any reformist faction in Iran?

The very first question since Ruhollah Khomeini seized the power in Iran after the 1979 revolution was that whether the Iranian regime can be reformed or not. Indeed, it might be the first question that Iranian opposition groups including MEK came up to.

In fact, the MEK did its utmost to reform the dictatorship in Iran, in order to achieve freedom and democracy as soon as possible and as easier as possible. The more a dictatorship stands, the heavier the price that must be paid every day. But by establishing a full dictatorship under the imperious rule of Caliphate, namely “Velayat-e Faghih” in Iran, the regime treated any idea against Caliphate theory with an iron fist. The regime oppressed any opposition groups and organizations. On June 20, 1981, the regime’s oppressive forces, including the IRGC, opened fire on a peaceful demonstration of 500,000 of MEK supporters in the capital Tehran and killed dozens in the street and executed hundreds of arrested demonstrators on the same night even without identifying some of them. In the 1988 genocide, the regime executed 30,000 political prisoners and MEK supporters.

“There are no reforming mullahs in Tehran, when they stole the revolution and denied the Iranian people their basic freedoms, there was no reform, when they killed tens of thousands of opposition members of this organization [MEK] in cold blood, there was no reform, when Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations rub the lives of innocent people, there was no reform… Terrorists don’t reform,” stated Senator Robert Torricelli in his speech at the Iranian freedom rally in Washington on June 21, 2019.

Now in Iran, no one can occupy a single important official post in the country without being in agreement with the theory of Velayat-e Faghih– all the regime’s MPs must be dedicated to the supreme leader, else they cannot run for office.

So, what is the story of the Iranian regime’s faction and the so-called “reformists” and “hardliners”?

The forged story of reformists in Iran emerged in the 1980s to portray a false illusion of the possibility of change within the regime as if there are some people in the regime’s hierarchy who are ready to make fundamental changes in the regime. This mullahs-made forged story induces the west to appease the regime to support the so-called reformist faction. Thus, there is no need for a regime change in Iran and the suppressed Iranian people can be ignored. Moreover, the appeasement policy targets MEK as a political current that represents the regime-change agenda.

 

Why does the regime admit to the role of MEK?

As it goes through the last phase of its life, the Iranian Regime has to warn its elements about the main threat of the existence of mullahs’ dictatorship; exaggerating the regime’s domination on the ongoing situation is also the regime’s plan to elevate the motivation of its desperate forces that are trapped between the rock of international pressure and the hard place of MEK activities both inside and outside Iran.

High-ranking official Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, who has served the regime as an Intelligence and Justice Minister and one of the officials who were directly in charge of 1988 massacre of political prisoners, warned the regime, “I think the issue of the MEK is clear. We have no ambiguity about the MEK. We are at a time of war. Now is not the time for talk. Now is the time to fight them, now is the time to subdue them.”

“We are now in Mersad situation,” Hassan Rouhani’s government spokesperson Ali Rabiei said, comparing the current situation with the Operation Eternal Light (Mersad in the regime’s version) in 1988, in which MEK advanced more than 150 km inside Iran and almost liberated the Kermanshah province and brought the regime on the brink of collapse.

On July 27, the regime’s former IRGC General Mahmoud Shaeri pointed out to the effective role of MEK, “MEK is still a potential threat to our Islamic Republic… and they are the most active and strongest opposition against our rule.”

The regime is now broadcasting concerts of fears in its media, which especially escalated after the Free Iran 2019 Rally in Ashraf 3 in Albania along with five different demonstrations of freedom-loving Iranians in Europe and in the U.S.

 

Scenes of the 2019 “Free Iran” conference in Ashraf 3, home to members of the Iranian opposition group Peoples Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)

 

The Free Iran 2019 Rally showed the world that there is an alternative to the rule of mullahs in Iran. This democratic alternative, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), undermines the theory of appeasement policy and opens the way, provides supports and leads the Iranian people to continue their uprisings and protests against the regime. So, the role of MEK cannot be denied anymore.

 

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