Sheehan certainly has the credentials to evaluate Hakamian’s newly released book as he is a leading Iran policy scholar and a professor at Baltimore University. This review was published in last Thursday’s Washington Times.

Iran’s resurgent resistance”-A book on MEK Iran – Ashraf 3

Sheehan certainly has the credentials to evaluate Hakamian’s newly released book as he is a leading Iran policy scholar and a professor at Baltimore University. This review was published in last Thursday’s Washington Times.

This book is based on a bipartisan delegation that visited Ashraf 3 in Albania which is currently the home of thousands of People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK), members.

Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan a leading Iran policy scholar and a professor at Baltimore University has recently published a book titled “Iran’s Resurgent Resistance”, about bipartisan U.S. delegation visit to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK)‘s main offices in Albania, Ashraf 3.  A review of this book was published on Thursday, February 27th, 2020’s edition in Washington Times.

The MEK and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) are advocates for regime change in Iran based on a feasible democratic alternative to the present regime, which lives in medieval times.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI president-elect, was present at the event as it came at the same time as the yearly “Free Iran” get together put on at Ashraf 3 by the NCRI and MEK.

Professor Sheehan’s book discredits reports by the western media for their pro-appeasement stand and the regime’s defense by constantly reiterating false claims made up by the Iranian regime to harm the reputation of its only feasible opponent.

MEK Iran: Washington Times Releases Special Edition on Free Iran Conference at Ashraf 3

Prof. Sheehan’s book was approved wholeheartedly by prominent U.S. politicians like:

  • Joseph Lieberman, former U. S. Senator;
  • Governor Tom Ridge, 1st Secretary of Homeland’s Security;
  • Louis Freeh, past Director of the FBI;
  • General (Ret.) James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of U.S. Marine Corps;
  • Marc Ginsberg, past United States Ambassador to Morocco.

Many of these signatories visited Ashraf 3 in June 2018.

Sheehan’s interpretation as published in the Washington Times has been interpreted in the text below:

First of all, the delegation that visited Ashraf 3 explained that what they saw was quite ‘extraordinary’ and very ‘promising.’ It was viewed as a movement that is a coherent political opposition that has a ‘long history’ of struggling against both fundamentalism and dictatorship. Maryam Rajavi was seen as a gifted female leader who didn’t beat around the bush but had a clearly defined political platform. It was evident that the MEK with its passionate leader was supported by a ‘network’ of equally ‘passionate supporters’ within Iran and throughout the world. Built into this cohesive group is its determination to overthrow the regime in Tehran from inside. It was like looking into a truly democratic Iran of the future.

Review of “Iran’s resurgent resistance”, by University of Baltimore Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan

Sheehan’s interpretation as published in the Washington Times has been interpreted in the text below:
First of all, the delegation that visited Ashraf 3 explained that what they saw was quite ‘extraordinary’ and very ‘promising.

Sheehan mentioned that the delegation agreed that they had unlimited access to Ashraf 3, including not only its many enthusiastic MEK residents but also Ashraf 3’s quality facilities and amenities. They said they met real people with interesting histories and commendable aspirations regarding both Iran’s future and that of the world as a whole.

Sheehan explained that the five-day conference which took place at the ‘epicenter of the Iranian Resistance’ showed the capabilities of a dedicated resistance movement. It had a structure, discipline, and cohesiveness which revealed it had an unrelenting ability to plan, build and create a city on dry European land.

Sheehan went on to comment that the book showed that the resistance movement was highly committed to toppling the present clerical regime. This was becoming closer to reality due to its rising presence within Iran in the form of its ‘Resistance Units.’ Sheehan emphasized what U.S. officials had learned on their visit to Ashraf 3 in the summer of 2019 that the MEK is both highly professional and well organized and it is dedicated to the endless fight against the regime. It is also well informed about Iran’s history and present-day politics including a clear understanding of what is going on internally within the regime itself.

Sheehan summarized the book’s content saying that a real, viable, democratic alternative has surfaced in Iran with the presence of the MEK. He said the MEK had not only the great organization but it had the leadership to go with it as well as a viable political platform and social network that was capable of standing up to the present regime. He said the MEK is the passage to a brighter future for Iran.

 

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