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Clearly a major reason for keeping these people captive in the camp is to provide cover for Massoud Rajavi who would be isolated and exposed should his forces leave. In this situation it would be next to impossible to avoid being brought to justice for his crimes.
Years ago slavery was abolished in the United States of America and president Abraham Lincoln left us with the well-known axiom that ‘You can fool all of the people some of the time. You can fool some of the people all of the time. But you can’t fool all of the people all of the time’. It seems however that we are somehow approaching this latter condition. Tens of decades have gone by and yet an evolved form of American slavery persists. This time it manifests itself in Iraq. The American masters, having ‘won the war in Iraq’ have openly declared their victory and their concomitant right to the spoils of war. These spoils of war, whether oil, land or Saddam’s palaces, or whether the infrastructure and rules of the new government, is something we expected long before the start of the war. The new and unexpected development is the exploitation as slaves and gladiators of a group of people captured by the Americans during the war. What is even more shocking is that these slaves are not even Iraqis! These are Iranian born, many holding European and American passports. 3800 Mojahedin-e Khalq’s forces inside Iraq were captured by the Americans at the beginning of the war and since May 2003 have supposedly been disarmed under the terms of a ceasefire agreement and confined to Ashraf camp, their main base. Since a ceasefire agreement was reached it was assumed that these fighters would be eventually accorded prisoner of war status under the Geneva Convention. But even when the Iraqi’s themselves demanded the expulsion of this group from their country, the Americans did nothing to designate or remove the group. Somewhat belatedly, at the end of July 2004, the US accorded individuals of the Mojahedin protected status under the Fourth Geneva Convention. It was hoped by observers that this status would finally, after a year of uncertainty, allow the individual members of the Mojahedin to enjoy visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross, representatives of various UN agencies and perhaps most importantly to enjoy contact and visits from their own families. Weeks have passed and the rights of the individuals in Ashraf training camp under the Fourth Geneva Convention have been completely ignored, even flouted by those responsible for their safety and wellbeing – whether the Iraqi interim government or the US forces which continue to give the Mojahedin much needed protection inside their camp. Humanitarian organisations and families been denied access to the individuals, and the Americans have mostly refused to help the inhabitants of the camp. Indeed US forces have failed to dismantle the MKO’s command structure and to allow the individual members to be just that, individuals. Against every principle the detainees still have no way to meet their families without being supervised by the MKO’s commanders. The ICRC and UN are forced to back off until such conditions are removed from the interviews which they want to conduct with the captives. There is evidence that individuals are still subjected to imprisonment and torture in the camp by the MKO leaders when those people refuse to accept their outrageous orders and commands. The Americans of course turn a blind eye. The American forces are led by the Bush administration which it seems has long ago waved goodbye to any international laws and treaties that might govern its behavior. This same force has refused to accept the basic rules of war and the Geneva Conventions for its detainees in Guantanamo Bay. This same force shocked the world with prisoner abuse in Saddam Hussein’s notorious political prison Abu Ghraib. In this situation, on 4th August, several news reports leaked out the news that Mojahedine Khalq operatives were being used by the Americans to quell the fighting in Najaf. A British Commander of the Royal Training Centre revealed in an interview with Radio Free Iraq that "members of Mojahedin-e khalq will be present beside Americans in attacking Najaf." According to this report, Colonel Ali Hussein added: "there are detailed documents and reports on US military's use of Mojahedin in armed suppression of Najaf and attacking this city." The English-Arab commander stressed that "these people will be used in street fights in Najaf." According to Fars News Agency, 80 Mojahed militants, wearing Iraqi uniforms, have assisted US forces in suppressing the protests in Sadr City. One of them, called ‘Bizhan’ was among the dead. His body was in the hands of people for three hours. Al-Mohit website quoted Rahman Amshavi, spokesman of Karbala Police Unit as saying: "an Iranian captured in Karbala has confessed that he has entered Iraq with the help of Mojahedin-e Khalq in order to prepare a terrorist operation against the interim government." He continued: "this Iranian had two Iranian and Norwegian passports." Now, according to the American administration, these people are members of a “foreign terrorist group who were being financed, housed, trained and backed by Saddam Hussein of Iraq”. It was well known that the group’s past missions included the suppression of Kurdish and Shiite uprisings against Saddam in 1991 at his behest. Inside the USA the MKO - and all its aliases - is treated in law as a terrorist organisation, the membership, support and financing of which is illegal and punishable in Federal courts. Inside Iraq, however, the situation is somewhat different and the relation between the two parties has taken the colour not of enmity but of slavery. Did these MKO combatants volunteer for this mission? Were they paid for this mission? Could they refuse to perform this mission without fear of imprisonment and torture? No. Certainly the most important of the detainees in Ashraf camp is the head of the group Massoud Rajavi. And rumour has it he is especially protected by the Pentagon. As the head of a terrorist organisation for the past 25 years he is by any account a wanted man, not only in Iraq but in a majority of the countries of the free world. Yet under the ‘protection’ of the Americans, the individuals in Ashraf camp who, according to announcements from the group itself, include many people who no longer wish to continue their cooperation or association with the group and its terrorist activities, are forced to stay in the same camp and under the same command of the same terrorist leaders. Clearly a major reason for keeping these people captive in the camp is to provide cover for Massoud Rajavi who would be isolated and exposed should his forces leave. In this situation it would be next to impossible to avoid being brought to justice for his crimes. By maintaining his organisation as a cover, he might just be able to escape his fate. But, the open use of these unknown (the Americans have not given a list of the names of these detainees to the ICRC or any other body) individuals as slaves (for they are used forcefully and are unpaid) and as gladiators (using them to fight in places like Najaf, Mosul, Faluja and Karbala in order to spare professional American solders) in this day and age by the administration of a super power which insists on portraying itself as the advocate of democracy and freedom in the world could not be more damaging to the path of humanity, civil rights and democracy in the whole world, including the United States of America itself.

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