view
The Mujahedin is an organization that was supported, sheltered and funded by Saddam Hussein until he lost power. In the 1980s, MKO sided with Saddam in his war against Iran. Its leadership fled to Iraq in the middle of the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran War and received millions of dollars in financial support from Saddam Hussein. As a result, MKO members are viewed as traitors by the overwhelming majority of Iranians and Iranian-Americans
On Jan. 20, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Iranian Americans generally ... oppose a nine-year State Department crackdown on an organization (MKO) that it classifies as terrorist but that the Iranian community considers a resistance group." As an Iranian-American, I am dismayed that some member of Congress as well as journalists claim that the terrorist-listed organization Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/MKO) and its front organizations are legitimate representatives of the Iranian American community. They are not. The Mujahedin is an organization that was supported, sheltered and funded by Saddam Hussein until he lost power. In the 1980s, MKO sided with Saddam in his war against Iran. Its leadership fled to Iraq in the middle of the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran War and received millions of dollars in financial support from Saddam Hussein. As a result, MKO members are viewed as traitors by the overwhelming majority of Iranians and Iranian-Americans. The organization actively engaged in acts of violence, including murder bombing and armed attacks against Iranians and American citizens working in Iran prior to the Iranian Revolution. Their totalitarian-inspired ideology since the 1960s has centered on anti-Americanism spiced up with bits of Marxism-Leninism on the one hand and Islamic extremism on the other. When the Mujahedin and their comrades succeeded in the revolution, a new wave of violence ensued and the Mujahedin emerged as the losers in the infighting. It was the organization's addiction to violence without remorse that resulted in its unequivocal classification as a terrorist organization by the State Department, the Department of Justice, the White House and the European Union. Yet the MKO has been active in lobbying the United States Congress as the self-appointed representative of Iranians. Please note that my opinion of the MKO should not be seen as support for the regime in Tehran. I, as most Iranian-Americans, find an anti-democratic government and an anti-democratic opposition equally distasteful. Iranians deserve representatives more authentic than the self-appointed claimants, whether in clerical robes or guerrilla fatigues. Fariborz Mokhtari Waitsfield

New Articles

The Cult of Rajavi and the Obsession of Trump Support

With Trump’s apparent determination to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO/MEK/PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi) has just found more room to move around the US...

Female victims of terrorism offer recommendations at UNHRC

The women victims of terrorism called for strengthening international cooperation to reduce the problems of women affected by terrorism in the world in the 36th session of the UN Human...

Who Is “Republicans’ favorite Democrat”?

Joseph Lieberman, long regarded as the “Republicans’ favorite Democrat” because of his militarist foreign affairs agenda and support for a number of right-wing domestic policies, represented Connecticut initially as a...

Former MEK members petition the UNHCR in Albania

Some nearly 70 former members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization yesterday approached the UNHCR in Albania (RAMSA) with a petition signed by all of them demanding their rights.

MEK rightfully named father of ISIS

Representing families of Iranian victims of terrorism, Habilian Association organized a conference themed “Iran victim of terrorism; From MEK to ISIS” on the occasion of national day of combating terrorism...

Most viewed

Iran and the Holy Warrior Trap

Is the West about to make the same mistake with Iran that it made with Afghanistan when it backed the Sunni mujahedin against the Soviet invaders? The Soviets ultimately were...

The MKO, the essence of North Korea

The tensions between North Korea and the United States have escalated in the past days. The United States is preparing for all options, including a “preemptive war,” to stop North...

Iranian film sheds new light on security services

 The Iranian film "Midday Adventures," directed by Mohammad Hossein Mahdavian, begins in Tehran on June 19, 1981, 26 months after the Islamic Revolution and nine months after the outbreak of...

We Hate Mojahedin-e Khalq: SNS Respond to a Conference of the Iranian Opposition

Dr. Raz Zimmt investigates Iranian social media responses to the annual conference of Mojahedin-e Khalq, an Iranian opposition group whose support for Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War remains a searing...

The Trump administration wants regime change in Iran. But regime change usually doesn’t work

President Trump is no fan of Iran. As a candidate, he had promised to tear up the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Having been frustrated in his attempts to do that —...