Rajavi seduced by new bed-fellow before decree absolute
from Saddam

 

Various reports on Iranian armed opposition group, the Mojahedin, indicate that Rajavi is succumbing to seduction by America's hawks to service their needs even before he has officially broken off his relationship with Saddam Hussein.

Can this be true? Of course, he committed a similar kind of infidelity in 1985, so it isn't beyond the bounds of possibility.

Anyway, Mr Rajavi's exact whereabouts are unknown so he cannot be interviewed on the subject. Some reports such as that of Irandidban.com say that Rajavi along with Mehdi Abrishamchi and Mahmoud Atayee are still under interrogation by US forces in Iraq. Another report from Reuters indicates that Rajavi is harbouring his erstwhile friend, Saddam Hussein in a secret hiding place in Iraq. (http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=2760238)


Here is a selection of the reports on Rajavi's new relationship...

23 May  - Bush Team Debates Action Against Iran... 'Although one senior official said "the military option is never off the table," others said no one was suggesting an invasion of Iran, although some officials think the United States should launch a limited airstrike on Iran's nuclear weapons facilities if Iran appears on the verge of producing a nuclear weapon.
Some Pentagon officials suggested using the remnants of an Iranian opposition group once backed by Saddam Hussein, the Mujahedeen Khalq (MEK), which is on the State Department's list of terrorists, to instigate armed opposition to the Iranian government.'
(http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0523us-iran23.html)

24 May - Pentagon sets sights on a new Tehran regime... 'The Pentagon plan would involve overt means, such as anti-government broadcasts transmitted to Iran, and covert means, possibly including support for the Iraq-based armed opposition movement Mojahedin Khalq (MEK), even though it is designated a terrorist group by the state department.'
(http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,962611,00.html)

24 May - Pentagon proposes regime change in Iran... 'The Pentagon plan would involve overt means, such as anti-government broadcasts transmitted to Iran, and covert means, possibly including support for the Iraq-based armed opposition movement, Mujahideen-i-Khalq (MEK), even though it is designated a terrorist group by the State Department.'
(http://www.dawn.com/2003/05/25/int6.htm)

25 May - US Hunts al-Qaeda's new terror chief... 'The Pentagon is now explicitly committed to a policy of 'regime change' in Iran involving the transmission of anti-government broadcasts and possible support for the Iraq-based armed opposition group, the Mujahidin-e Khalq.'
(http://observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,963131,00.html)

27 May - U.S. to use diplomacy to pressure Iran... 'Some Pentagon officials suggested enlisting an Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedeen Khalq, or MEK, which Saddam Hussein once supported, to instigate armed opposition to the Iranian government, but that idea has been rejected.'
(http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/5954280.htm)

27 May - Iran warned: Hands off Iraq... 'U.S. forces briefly allowed an anti-Iran group based in Iraq, the Mujahedeen al Khalq or People's Mujahedeen, to keep its weapons even though the State Department considered it a terrorist group. American troops ultimately disarmed the group.'
(http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/05/28/world/main555776.shtml)

28 May - U.S. plan targets Iran clerics... 'A State Department official who requested anonymity dismissed the Pentagon idea as a "trial balloon," noting that the White House would be reluctant to use Mujaheddin-e Khalq - the People's Mujaheddin - because of its terrorist past.
"We don't like giving groups designated as terrorist groups money," the State Department official said. "We've done that before; it's not a play with a long record of success."'
(http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-woiran283303890may28,0,2030564.story?coll=ny%2Dworldnews%2Dheadlines)

28 May - Iranian apathy may hinder U.S. bid to foment unrest... 'Likewise, in interviews last month, reformers and hard-liners also warned that the United States should not ally itself with the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, or People's Mujaheddin. The Iranian opposition group, long based in Iraq and supported by Saddam Hussein, is on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations.
Because the group seeks to unseat the Tehran government, Pentagon officials last month made moves toward making it a U.S. client before amending that plan and demanding that the group surrender its tanks and other heavy weapons. The back-and-forth sent mixed signals to the people of Iran, analysts and diplomats said, and today a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hamid Reza Asefi, said: "America is not serious about fighting terrorism. It adopts a double standard."'
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51233-2003May28.html?nav=hptop_ts)

29 May - Al-Qaida 'sheltered in shah's lodge'... 'The Pentagon is pushing for an aggressive policy aimed at "regime change" in Tehran, through an increase in assistance to opposition groups. Douglas Feith, the undersecretary of defence for policy, is promoting the idea of reconstituting elements of the Iraq-based Mojahedin Khalq (MEK) - possibly under a new name - to destabilise the Iranian government.
(http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,965877,00.html)

30 May - Prez Woos 'Terror' Ally vs. Iran... 'The Bush administration is considering giving secret support to a terrorist group as part of a massive new covert operation to destabilize the ayatollahs ruling Iran, it was revealed yesterday.
Administration officials confirmed to The Post last night that a proposal to get in bed with the Mujahedin e-Khalq, an anti-government group based in Iraq and once supported by Saddam Hussein, is being pushed by Pentagon hard-liners as part of a new get-tough policy to force a regime change in Tehran.
Officials stressed President Bush has made no final decisions on either trying to overthrow Iran's fanatic leaders or using the MEK.
The officials added that supporting the MEK is a controversial idea within the administration because the group is on the State Department list of terrorist organizations and there are other student and reformist groups in Iran that could also receive support under any new covert action program.'
(http://www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/58236.htm)

1 June - U.S. Iran Strategy Makes for Strange Bedfellows... 'The Bush administration is also cosseting the Mojahideen-e-Khalq, an Iranian Marxist militia that, ironically, waged war against Pahlavi's father and then, having been denied the spoils of the revolution, against the Islamic regime.
In the 1980s, it claimed to have killed 1,200 political and religious leaders. Among those assassinated were a president, a prime minister, the head of the ruling party and, in one nasty blast, 74 MPs, nearly one-third of the elected parliament.
The regime hit back hard, wiping out thousands of suspected Mojahideen as well as peaceful dissidents. Driven out of Iran, the group set up bases in Iraq from whence it had been attacking Iran for years.
The State Department branded it a terrorist organization. So, it was no surprise that during the early stages of the recent invasion of Iraq, American planes started bombing Mojahideen bases. But little did the commanders on the front lines know of the machinations back in Washington.
Soon, a ceasefire was ordered and the Mojahideen saved, as a foil against Iran, whose influence on the Shiites of Iraq was spooking the Bush boys.
It boggles the mind that a Republican president waging war on terrorism has embraced a discredited royal dreamer and a terrorist group long patronized by Saddam Hussein.'
(http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/
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2 June - U.S. May Help Iranian Terrorist Group... 'Senior Pentagon officials are proposing widespread covert operations against the Iranian Government, hoping that dissident groups will mount a coup before the regime acquires a nuclear weapon.
The controversial plan involves offering financial and military backing for a terrorist organisation that is outlawed by the US State Department, as well as intelligence collaboration and other support for dissident student bodies and resistance groups.'
(http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/06/01/1054406074896.html)

2 June - The Associated Press... 'U.S. officials said to be quietly promoting the idea of "regime change" by aiding anti-government Iranian militants like the Mujahedeen Khalq, a U.S.-designated terrorist group, should think again.'
(http://www.cleveland.com/newsflash/news/index.ssf?/newsflash/get_story.ssf?/cgi-free/getstory_ssf.cgi?o0267_BC_OH--EditorialRdp&&news&newsflash-ohio)

3 June - U.S. needn't go to war to have its way in Iran... 'Despite fevered European media theories, the United States does not contemplate war against Iran unless the mullahs are foolish enough to start it. Nor does Washington intend to help the exiled Mujaheddin-al Khalq to wage a military campaign inside Iraq. Washington wants to keep the group at arm's length because it has used terrorist methods--and the United States shrinks from using terrorism to fight terrorism.'
(http://www.suntimes.com/output/osullivan/cst-edt-osul03.html)

4 June - Pentagon official denies... 'One such topic is the Bush administration's policy on the Mujahedeen Khalq, an Iranian opposition group that has armed forces in eastern Iraq. Feith denied that the Pentagon has intentions to ally itself with the group as a means of toppling the clerical regime in Tehran.
``There never was such a plan,'' Feith said. ``We will not do that.''
He noted that the Mujahedeen Khalq is on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations.
``We view the MEK as a terrorist organization and we are treating it as such,'' Feith said.
During the Iraq war, a U.S. commander struck a ceasefire deal with the Mujahedeen Khalq, leading some to believe the United States was preserving its options in working with the group after the war.
Not so, Feith said. The ceasefire was a temporary measure meant to contain the Mujahedeen Khalq fighters and to prevent clashes between them and other foreign forces inside Iraq, he said.
(http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/national/ap_pent06042003.htm)