The Basque militant group ETA on Friday offered an unprecedented apology for the pain caused during its more than four decades of armed campaign for independence from Spain and France, and vowed not to return to violence.
If you want to change a group of terrorists who have killed American overseas into something that appears to be much more benign, all you have to do is pay off the right people in Washington. With enough money, you can even open a nice plush lobbying office on Pennsylvania Avenue in the District of Columbia, not too far from the White House and Capitol Hill.
Referring to the indiscriminate rocket warfare against civilians described as a victory by the MeK, de Mistura said, "Those who argue that this is meant to relieve the siege of eastern Aleppo should be reminded that nothing justifies the use of disproportionate and indiscriminate weapons, including heavy ones, on civilian areas and it could amount to war crimes."
In northern Iraq, Iran has shown itself as the US's natural ally in any effort to contain ISIS. Iran is the one country with the greatest experience of dealing with this kind of cultic terrorist threat, and could perhaps help formulate a comprehensive plan to bring ISIS under control just as the MEK is now under control.
The requirements to reinstate the MeK organization and its relations are support from the external element and standing of the internal elements. To obtain the first requisite, Maryam Rajavi and her husband thought by getting out of the terrorist list and making lobbies in the United States, they can gain America's support. But, as always, Rajavis were in the wrong.
Rajavi is not a normal man. He is a different person and knowing him is a different job. Rajavi's illness is odd and very dangerous. For myself, I've seen different persons at all levels but I dare to say that I've never seen anyone like him who has no boundaries in no field except self-preservation. I think that anybody has a boundary that eventually stops over it. Ordinary persons no way can break boundaries into infinity. It requires madness; an exceptional madness that Rajavi has it. He is the only one who still hunts for new boundaries to burst it and be satisfied.
The new statement of MeK's leadership and the meeting they held recently indicates that the terrorist group has no choice but to fight against dissidents physically. Undoubtedly any adventure in this field will have immediate consequences for security of the MeK. Actually, any thuggish action in western countries is intolerable and they will be faced with overwhelming response!
The main point in Ted Poe's statements is that the MeK has renounced terrorism. Such efforts by U.S officials like Mr. Poe to cover up the group's terrorist nature indicate U.S statesmen reaction against the proposal to recognition of the MeK as a democratic and non violent opposition of the Iranian government. So, once again it becomes clear that despite Rajavi's illusions, getting out of the U.S terrorist list has changed nothing.
In the America's new game, charismatic leadership, organizing ability, willingness to sacrifice and fighting power no longer are useful alone. Instead, popular support, social and political acceptability and transparency in relations are elements that maintain an "undesirable alternative" which is loyal to rules of the new game. This is the only solution for the Mek to convert from part of the problem to part of the solution.
Rajavi's "openings" and his so-called "Solidarity Front" never were deep-rooted and actual. If they were, at first, hanging on various European and U.S parliamenters- especially after removing from the U.S terrorist list- was not intensified. Secondly, solidarity requires formal and open review of past policy and making changes in the MeK's organization and its business, as a sign of readiness to accept the new situation. Thirdly, in order to be "open", the MeK should give up cult rituals, at least in the appearance. In other words, openness of the MeK means its non existence.