Stranger than this, is the bet by some US administration figures on the Mujahideen-e-Khalq Organization (MKO),… while the movement's leader, Mariam Rajavi, is still refusing to declare a renunciation of violence in return
Arab Analyst Hazem Saghieh, in his article in Al-Hayat website (April 21, 2006), discussed policies of Americans and their activities on what they call exporting democracy to the Middle East. In his view, using military force and resorting to exiled Iranian oppositions is wrong:
"The US would be making a mistake with Iran, just like they did with Iraq, if they think that the Iranians are waiting for US-stamped liberation.
He pointed to the support of some US politicians for the MKO and possible interaction between the US and MKO:
"Stranger than this, is the bet by some US administration figures on the Mujahideen-e-Khalq Organization (MKO),… while the movement's leader, Mariam Rajavi, is still refusing to declare a renunciation of violence in return."
On MKO's current status and Iranians views about Mojahedin, Saghieh wrote:
"In fact the MKO's military importance has fizzled out during the final years of the war on Iraq. The remaining fighters, estimated by the New York Review of Books to be around 3500, were disarmed by the US forces and detained in a camp on the Iraqi-Iranian borders. The MKO had all the elements that Iranians have hated, and which reminded them of collaboration with strangers: they had collaborated with Saddam Hussein and in 2002 offered sensitive information regarding Tehran's nuclear program, as allegedly provided by Israeli intelligence."
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