Deaf ears can’t hear what Iran is telling about the MEK
With installing Ebrahim Raisi as president, the supreme leader ended a 24 years long project called “reform” that was strived for by most of its western economic partners. Many Iran experts and analysts were left in awe to digest the latest move as it came in the midst of an internationally and regionally height of Tehran’s isolation.
As soon as a new president was declared the winner in Washington, almost all western countries were calling for Tehran to get back into compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and with the presidential election in sight, almost everyone would hope that the Supreme Leader would be wise enough to signal how ‘people are policy’. And he surely did but in his own way.
The regime has a bigger problem
What most failed to fathom was that the regime has a bigger problem, other than economic sanctions. Ever since 2017, the Iranian regime is coping with major uprisings that have forced it to kill thousands of Iranians and return grievances into hatred and disgust against itself.
Tens of thousands of families and friends of the victims have become swearing adversaries against the entire system. But even though the regime has slaughtered the children of many non-political citizens, the highest officials in this regime keep blaming the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) as the root of the uprisings.
It’s true that every dictatorship has to attach popular dissent to foreign powers or their mercenaries in order to protect its own fragile image. But in the case of MEK, those who understand to read behind the lines and are well informed that the MEK has successfully won two dozen court cases in Europe and the United States can comprehend that the MEK is not even close to being a foreign power’s marionette.
In fact, for three decades the MEK is tasting the bitter side of the Western appetite for Iranian oil and market as it has been the victim of a positive approach towards Tehran. All Iranian officials know that if the MEK truly was under any sort of influence, it was the easiest way to be dealt with. But yet again, the Supreme Leader and his representatives in Iranian cities and Friday prayers keep highlighting the role of the MEK as the source of every unrest in Iran, despite being aware that putting weight behind their arch-foe, will help them more rather than hurting them.
The overly biased zeal of the Iran experts
Might it be the lack of proper translation skills or the overly biased zeal of the Iran experts, those hoping for a less hostile Tehran surely did not look where they had to. Like it or now, the regime’s officials, as well as the Iranian state media, have been warning about the role of the MEK for too long. A state-run website called ‘Rahyafteha’, Persian for ‘the guided ones’ published an article on May 29, 2021, with the title ‘The true religion of Islam and the sinister charisma of Eclecticism’. Eclecticism is another name-calling for the Mojahedin-e-Khalq or the MEK. The former Supreme Leader, Ruhollah Khomeini was claiming that the MEK is a mixture of Islam and Marxism because he intentionally aimed to delegitimize the MEK in order to avoid his own supporters joining the young Islamic movement. Under the subtitle ‘Why are the hypocrites [the MEK] the biggest threat today?’ the article runs:
“The hypocrites [the MEK] claim they believe in Islam. But straightly confronting Imam Khomeini, who emphasized the “Islamic Revolution”, the hypocrites [the MEK] proposed the “revolutionary Islam”. This is exactly the starting point of the corruption and the subsequent destructive effects of the hypocrites [the MEK] in the society and among successive generations of young people, especially in the present era.”
Rajavi and his educational speech
“Those who are old enough to remember, now how Rajavi, in the first years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, gathered hundreds of thousands of young people around himself with his speeches and with his artificial charisma. As the French newspaper Le Monde wrote: “Rajavi and his educational speech are gaining lots of support. His political meetings in Tehran and other cities attract crowds of 100,000, 200,000, and often 300,000 people”(French newspaper Le Monde – March 29, 1980).
As long as he was alive, Imam Khomeini did not spend a week without warning about the danger of hypocrisy [the MEK] and Massoud Rajavi himself. After that, we see that the Supreme Leader, with his special insight, repeatedly warns of the danger of hypocrisy [the MEK] and their organization.”
The reading warns:
Young people, from all walks of life supporting MEK
“This is why a large number of young people, from all walks of life, from workers to honorable elite students, are deceived by the group of hypocrites [the MEK] and are attracted to it. Then, these young men, stripped from their own will, attack the government centers with bombs and weapons, incite the society to riot and sedition, and sow the seeds of sinister armed struggle in the hearts of the youth.”
The article surprisingly reveals:
“The fact that Mr. Alavi (Minister of Information) has hired some defectors of the hypocrites [the MEK] such as Soltani, Khodabandeh, Ezzati, Hosseini, Yaghmaei, Karimdadi, Mesdaghi, Pourhossein, etc. with his tireless efforts and with great energy and, of course, financing, has turned these defectors to a psychological confrontation with the hypocrites [the MEK] themselves, it is excellent; But is it enough?”
“Therefore, we must warn against this sinister idea of eclecticism [the MEK] everywhere. We must warn our youth not to fall into the trap of the hypocrites [the MEK]. We have to keep these words of the leader in mind: You all have to pay attention to the fact that they are working on our youth… and beware of the enemy’s recruitment of our young society”. (May 17, 2020)”
The Most Dangerous Danger
The ‘Daneshjoo News Agency” or how it’s called in English SNN (Student News Network) published an article on June 12, 2021, with the title ‘The Most Dangerous Danger, In The Shadows of Westernism’:
“But again, this is not the ultimate damage from eight years of Rouhani’s government. I wish the crisis was limited to the despair and frustration of the youth. You can’t just keep the youth calm and frustrated. The disparate energies of millions of vibrant girls and boys cannot be extinguished; most importantly when the tyrannic enmity is always on the alert; And the bigger blow came right from that point; The entry of the enemy, the hypocrites [the Iranian regime’s name for Mojahedin-e-Khalq] who are always lurking and investing in the dissatisfaction of the young generation, intense psychological warfare, and are pumping them deviant and very dangerous motives for rebellion, revolt and destruction of governing places and destroying everything that symbolizes the values of the system and revolution.”
The piece reads on:
“This wave [of energy] is not directed towards factories and the leap of production, but towards the dangerous and complex structure and organization of the hypocrites [MEK], and it is not clear if it can be stopped with any sort of action. Neither with the police, nor with the broad campaign of raising awareness by the state media about the true nature of the hypocrites [the MEK] and their eclectic views, nor with the overseas efforts of the Ministry of Intelligence by using the elements of defectors of the hypocrites [the MEK] to feed the media and the internet about the nature of the hypocrites [the MEK].”
The spread of these deceived people
“Yes, such an enemy, driven by opportunism, is spreading its net over the fabric of our cities and traps young people on a large scale. If this youth, wasn’t ignored and neglected for the past 8 years, were now running the country’s economic wheels based on domestic capabilities. But now, they are forming groups of 2 to 3 under the command of the sinister network of hypocrites [the MEK], and they go to the security centers in our cities and burn them. The efforts of the security agencies around the clock and even the numerous arrests have not been able to stop the spread of these deceived people, And this is the most dangerous danger!”
The danger of the MEK for the Iranian regime’s survival shouldn’t be concluded from rhetoric. Tehran’s actions speak louder. If the Supreme leader had the strength and capacity to keep the revolting country in check, while dealing with the regional and Western powers and using its allies Russia and China as a counterbalance, he could have chosen a more reasonable approach with better staffing. But opting for Ebrahim Raisi who is notorious for executing dissidents, especially 30,000 MEK members in the summer of 1988 and thousands of ordinary and non-political offenders throughout the years, is a loud message for the society. Having Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei with a dark record and Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, who was known for throwing students from the stairs in Tehran’s University on July 9, 2021, has the same effect.
Iranian people deprived of their political and social freedom
Khamenei has a social problem, not an economic one. Deprived of their political and social freedom, the Iranian people are now fighting for survival after being let down by the regime in the harshest economic circumstances and a deadly pandemic. Protests all over the country over wages, water, and electrical power cannot continue peacefully and frustration is gradually turning into fury. While the regime has the experience of killing its way out of uprisings for four decades, it now knows this enormous energy is getting out of control.
Free Iran World Summit 2021
In order to warn the people, those who call themselves ‘moderate’ or ‘reformists’ warn the people that regime change can lead to a failed state like Syria or Libya. But if there’s an organized, half a century-old organization that has weathered all storms and kept its resilience towards an increasingly supportive international support, then it can be the most dangerous danger for the regime. And the Free Iran World Summit 2021 is exactly putting this on display.