Monday, August 22, 2011

Iranian cult murdered Iraqis

In the 1991 uprising the Mujahideen e Khalq joined forces with Saddam! I just learned this after reading An Iranian Cult and Its American Friends:

During the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, the group served as Mr. Hussein’s own private militia opposing the theocratic government in Tehran. For two decades, he gave the group money, weapons, jeeps and military bases along the border with Iran. In return, the Rajavis pledged their fealty.

In 1991, when Mr. Hussein crushed a Shiite uprising in the south and attempted to carry out a genocide against the Kurds in the north, the Rajavis and their army joined his forces in mowing down fleeing Kurds.

Ms. Rajavi told her disciples, “Take the Kurds under your tanks, and save your bullets for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.” Many followers escaped in disgust.

So the Rajavis then began preying on Iranian refugees and asylum seekers in Europe to fill their ranks. The Rajavis promise them salaries, marriage, family, freedom and a great cause — fighting the Iranian government. Then the unwitting youths arrive in Iraq.

What is most disturbing is how the group treats its members. After the Iran-Iraq war, Mr. Rajavi orchestrated an ill-planned offensive, deploying thousands of young men and women into Iran on a mass martyrdom operation. Instead of capturing Iran, as they believed they would, thousands of them were slaughtered, including parents, husbands and wives of those I met in Iraq in 2003.

After my visit, I met and spoke to men and women who had escaped from the group’s clutches. Many had to be deprogrammed. They recounted how people were locked up if they disagreed with the leadership or tried to escape; some were even killed.

Friendships and all emotional relationships are forbidden. From the time they are toddlers, boys and girls are not allowed to speak to each other. Each day at Camp Ashraf you had to report your dreams and thoughts.

If a man was turned on by the scent of a woman or a whiff of perfume, he had to confess. Members had to attend weekly ideological cleansings in which they publicly confessed their sexual desires. Members were even forced to divorce and take a vow of lifelong celibacy to ensure that all their energy and love would be directed toward Maryam and Massoud.

Mr. Hamilton and Generals Jones and Clark have been paid speakers’ fees by front groups for Mujahedeen Khalq and have spoken in support of the group in public conferences. They claimed ignorance of how the group treated its members.

“I don’t know a lot about the group,” Mr. Hamilton told me over the phone last week. But in 1994, when he was chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr. Hamilton received a report describing the group as a violent cult with a distinct ideology synthesizing Marxism and messianic Shiism.


Iraqi Mojo said...

WOW! And I actually felt sorry for these people when Maliki's forces killed some of them. I even said "It appears Maliki is doing Khamenei's bidding." Well maybe he was doing the Iranian government a favor. But I didn't know they are a strange and violent cult. Also I did not know that influential Americans (Howard Dean??) are considering removing the MEK from the U.S. government's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

C.H. said...

Reminds me of the Iraqis, Lebanese, and Palestinians who helped the IRI kill Iranians in 2009.

Muhannad said...

Iraqis, Lebanese, and Palestinians helped the IRI kill Iranians in 2009?

C.H. said...

Yes...some of the club-wielding militiamen on the streets spoke Arabic and didn't understand Farsi, at least according to activists I was in contact with.

Hezbollah publicly condemned the Iranian protesters and still condemns the opposition today.

Iraqi Mojo said...

I can see how it might have been Hizballah peeps or Sadrists. But Palestinians? Did you throw in Palestinians just because you don't like them? Or do you have real evidence?

C.H. said...

The Palestinian movements like Hamas have a lot to lose if the IRI ever fell...its in their interest to try and defend it. I don't believe an average Palestinian would jump in to fight for Ahmadinejad but a Hamas member might.

As for the evidence, "Arabic-speaking" can cover a number of people from many countries...but Iran's relationships in the Arab world make one or two of the three mentioned above likely.

Muhannad said...

"Iran reportedly has withdrawn some funding from Hamas over the Gaza terrorist group's refusal to hold rallies supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Reuters cited diplomatic sources claiming that intelligence briefings show that Iran has cut its funding to Hamas over the last two months. Iran's actions, the sources said, is due to Hamas leaders’ refusal to throw rallies in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria in support of Assad, an ally of Iran."

They refuse to support Assad, but they would kill Iranians who want democracy? Doesn't make sense to me.

C.H. said...

Look a little deeper...

It is strange, though, that Hamas is not up front with Nasrallah cheering Assad on. Maybe the sight of hundreds of Muslims being killed outside of their mosques is their tipping point.

However, they haven't been out condemning Assad either. They had nothing to say when the Palestinian refugee camps were attacked.

Iraqi Mojo said...

It comes down to sect for most Arabs. Shiites support Shiites. Sunnis support Sunnis.

C.H. said...

Do you really think that Hamas is not supporting Assad over his sect though? It seems to me more like they are looking down the road...and fear that Assad's days are numbered. The fact that they have done nothing to condemn him either suggests this might be the case.

They are probably wary of what Hezbollah's fate will be if the Syrian regime is overthrown. The Syrians won't forget all of the rambling speeches Nasrallah gave against them and in support of their oppressors.