Ashraf, the immortal legend
One year ago in the early morning hours of September 1st, the religious fascism ruling Iran committed a horrific crime through its puppet government in Iraq against Camp Ashraf residents. In this horrific genocide forces linked to Nouri Maliki’s government attacked the remaining PMOI members in Ashraf, murdered 52 and kidnapped 7 others. These PMOI members were amongst the 101 individuals remaining in Ashraf under a quadrilateral agreement between the United Nations, United States, the Iraqi government and Ashraf residents. They had remained in Ashraf after all of their colleagues had transferred to Camp Liberty in order to supervise the sale of PMOI property in Ashraf. Many of the victims were killed with their hands tied behind their backs and with bullet shots to their heads at point-blank range. Maliki’s murderers didn’t show any mercy even to the injured in a local clinic in Ashraf, spraying them with a barrage of bullets while they were lying on hospital stretchers.
Nearly immediately after the 1 September 2013 massacre, senior Iranian regime officials, starting from the terrorist Quds Force commander General Qassem Suleimani, to Bassij paramilitary force commander General Naqdi, and General Salami, deputy Revolutionary Guards chief, to Mullah Alavi, the regime’s Minister of Intelligence, they all confirmed that Ashraf massacre in many aspects was the reminiscence of the 1988massacre of 30,000 political prisoners; most important of all, the reason behind the 1988 carnage was Khomeini drinking from the ‘chalice of poison’. On the day leading to the 'nuclear agreement with the West which is known to Iranians as drinking the ‘nuclear chalice of poison’, Mullahs' Supreme Leader followed his predecessor's footsteps and sought to carry out yet another massacre. Khamenei had calculated that through this massacre he would deliver a lethal and a back breaking blow to its only viable and popular alternative, taking them out of the equation. And by doing that, he would be relieved of the only capable force that is main source of uprisings inside the country and the main source of inspiration for the people in Iraq and the entire region. In other words, despite what catches the eye at the first glimpse, the unholy massacre in Ashraf actually showed the depth of the regime’s defensive position in the face of the prospect of being overthrown.
However, in less than a few months all of Tehran’s calculations for political and propaganda stage turned completely against it. The horrific scenes of that grave crime and the courage shown of Ashraf residents lying in their blood, not only shocked the Iranian people but also stunned the people of the entire region and around the world. The Iranian people saw yet again who and to what extent is standing on its pledge to bring about freedom, and who Khamenei and Khomeini regime’s leftovers would consider as the real threat and potent rival to them.
People of the world saw that the epicenter of resistance against religious dictatorship and the anti-thesis of fundamentalism is Ashraf. The most highly intellectual political dignitaries say today’s world needs the PMOI and Ashraf as an example, and if there were no Ashraf, we must have helped for there not to be just one Ashraf, but at least 10 Ashrafs.
And now, one year on, the status quo speaks of an unprecedented leap by the PMOI and the democratic alternative National Council of Resistance of Iran’s stature rising, with its positions being more firm than ever before.
On the other hand, the Iranian regime has not gained anything it had reached out for, either inside the country, or in Iraq and Syria. Today, everyone can see that the rift in the senior ranks of the regime is getting deeper and deeper every day.
In Iraq, with the growing uprising amongst the vast majority of people and tribes, Khamenei’s puppet dictator has been overthrown and all of Tehran’s investments in Iraq have literally gone down the drain. With the Iraq berm crumbling, the mullahs’ regime received a strategic and unrecoverable blow that will soon catch up with the bloodthirsty dictator of Damascus, leaving him facing the same fate as Maliki. This blow will tear apart Tehran’s front in the region and its impact will reach out to Lebanon, Palestine and the entire region.
Therefore, as so many have admitted, the bloody morning of September 1st in Ashraf truly left behind deep strategic impacts. However, exactly the opposite of what Khamenei imagined; from an oasis in the middle of the Iraqi desert, Ashraf became a symbol and a flag always aloft of a long and restless struggle against dictatorships, depicting the freedom-loving cause of a nation, and finally, becoming the
immortal legend of a revolution. From this seed dozens of Ashrafs will be reincarnated across the globe.