What’s more painful is that the organization chanted anti-imperialist slogans but it is now a puppet in the hands of the US. I remember that after the elections in Iraq, members of the MKO were frightened and said that the regime in Iraq is pro-Islamic Republic. A week later, the organization said that senior US officials have confirmed that the MKO is under US protection. They said, “we have no ties to with Iraqi regime. All our legal ties are with the US.” I mean the organization has reached a point to be proud of being under US protection. This is painful.
Comments of Mr. Gholamreza Behroozi in “Recognizing Sectarian Terrorism” Seminar:
I’m happy to be here among you because I know some of you closely and I’m familiar with others.
What my mind was wrestling with everyday was the strategy of the organization. I was the MKO supporter since 1978. I was involved in both military and political phases. Then I went to Iraq. I didn’t go there for a job or for life. I went there because of my beliefs and because I loved the organization and I loved the ideals of the founders of MKO. However, what separated me from the organization was again this strategy. I want to tell you what happened to me. I was convinced that the strategy of the organization was not working anymore. I got this after the disarmament of the organization. Before that, due to the presence of Saddam, we said that the strategy of the organization, namely NLA’s fight, was working. However, after the disarmament, this question was raised that what the organization was going to do. This was everyone’s question. I was in Camp Ashraf until the June 2005 and I took part in the MKO’s topical meetings. I took part in them because I really loved the organization. I was looking for someone to answer my question: what the organization was going to do afterwards. They held meetings for those who had raised questions. My first question was about the fate of armed struggle after disarmament. At first, they said that we were passing a phase of time and that we couldn’t talk about our lines and strategies, and that then we would decide about our strategies. These were the worlds of Fereshteh Yeganeh, high-ranking political element in the MKO after Massoud and Maryam Rajavi. She said that we had to accept the changes of the region and pass the situation, then we would talk about other things. Members in political phase are well aware that from the day the MKO entered military phase Rajavi announced that “we should return back whenever we are in doubt about our strategies”.
Therefore, if they were supposed to talk about their strategies after disarmament, they would have to review all their strategies from the beginning: staying in Iraq, events of June 20 and … however, they don’t want to talk about these contradiction. They said that they organization is passing the time. I ask, “Did the organization have any weapons when it was founded? How many weapons Hanif had when he was founding the group?”
After disarmament, there were the issues of armed struggle and the NLA. The people there had once tanks and weapons but after disarmament members came and said that army without weapons is meaningless. As we go forward we see that the strategy of the organization, in the best case scenario, has come to a deadlock. I mean the organization has come to point where it keeps members by different kinds of deceptions. I joined the organization with love and faith. In his last meeting, Rajavi who’d guessed that the war would begin, said that MKO forces would open fire if they’re shot. “Whoever opens fire on us, would be shot,” he said. But during the war, Saddam was toppled and the organization was attacked. At that time, Rajavi himself said that we won’t shoot anyone. These are contradictions in the MKO.
Another issue, we saw the tapes, which showed MKO’s ties to the former Iraqi regime. The tapes revealed how the organization got assistance, and how it worked closely with the Iraqi regime. But the situation has changed. Now the organization should be accountable for its strategy. We don’t want to talk about as people who defend the Islamic Republic. I was the MKO supporter since 1987 and I joined them because I loved them. However, the organization now keeps its forces by deception. The MKO should answer for its ties with Iraqi security services, with Saddam and its cooperation with former regime as well as for its internal affairs such as “current operation meetings.” If the organization hadn’t helped the Iraqi regime, Kurds would have toppled it. These are clear things but now we all see that the organization has been entangled in a deadlock. Now, the organization can’t say that it has been doing wrong because it has to return to the events of June 20. What’s more painful is that the organization chanted anti-imperialist slogans but it is now a puppet in the hands of the US. I remember that after the elections in Iraq, members of the MKO were frightened and said that the regime in Iraq is pro-Islamic Republic. A week later, the organization said that senior US officials have confirmed that the MKO is under US protection. They said, “we have no ties to with Iraqi regime. All our legal ties are with the US.” I mean the organization has reached a point to be proud of being under US protection. This is painful. One of the members who came back to Tehran with me said that the organization’s activities on June 20 delayed advancement of Iranians for 100 years. This is what the MKO has done to Iranians. The MKO promoted violent beliefs and thinking.
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