Iran Opposition – A Time For Choosing

The Long Beach Tea Party was host to one of the most timely meetings on foreign policy issues last week.  Iran, the Islamic Fundamentalist state has been brutally suppressing a freedom movement within their country since the fraudulent presidential elections of 2009.

Max Saatchi of Iran Focus gave an eloquent and compelling presentation calling on Tea Party members to be on the “right side of history”.  A large portion of time was spent airing the documentary Iranium, a moving condemnation of the west’s response to the mullahs’ sponsoring of international terrorism and their drive to obtain nuclear weapons.

For the presentation to be understood and judged on its merits, it is important to know who Mr. Saatchi is representing.  The organization behind the Iranian opposition is the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).  This is their emblem which was conspicuously absent from the Long Beach meeting.

Click read more at the bottom of this posting to find out more about the MEK.

Here is the video from the meeting in two parts.  In between was the screening of Iranium.  A link to that documentary is included between the videos for your convenience.

Iranium Documentary website (Free viewing period appears to have expired)

Pictures from the event are here.

Who are the MEK?

Wikipedia has a brief background here. Founded by radical student socialists in 1965.  In 1975 the PMOI underwent an ideological split. While the remaining primary members of MEK were imprisoned, some of the original low-level members of MEK formed a new organization that followed Marxist, not Islamic, ideals; these members appropriated the MEK name to establish and enhance their own legitimacy.  Thus after May 1975 there were two rival Mujahedin, each with its own publication, its own organization, and its own activities.  A few months before the Iranian Revolution the majority of the Marxist Mujahedin renamed themselves “Peykar”, on December 7, 1978.

The MEK fought alongside the Mullahs to overthrow the Shah’s government.  After the Shah left, the mullahs marginalized the MEK and forced them out of Iran about 1980. In the 1980’s they were sponsored by Saddam Hussein and given bases to operate from within Iraq.

Operational Highlights

  • Killing of US Military and Civilians working on defense projects in Tehran.  1970’s (1973, 1975, 1976) Denied by MEK, possibly attributable to marxist splinter faction of 1975.
  • U.S. Embassy Takeover – Feb 1979.  This was an earlier incursion than the one that launched the hostage crisis.  “After the revolution in February, the embassy had been occupied and staff held hostage briefly.” a later reference says: “Khoeyniha knew that if Khomeini first saw that the occupiers were his faithful supporters (unlike the leftists in the first occupation) and that large numbers of pious Muslims had gathered outside the embassy to show their support for the takeover, it would be “very hard, perhaps even impossible”, for the Imam Khomeini to oppose the takeover,””
  • Failed Mission – June 26, 1981 – Attempt to assassinate Ali Khameni leaves Khameni seriously injured.  He is now the Supreme Leader of Iran.
  • Hafte Tir Bombing – June 28, 1981 – Bombing at Islamic Republic Party Headquarters in Tehran killed the Chief Justice, the party secretary, four ministers, twenty seven members of the Iranian Parliament and other government officials.
  • Supreme Defense Council Bombing – Aug 30, 1981 – Killed the President and Prime Minister of Iran.
  • Iranian Embassy Attacks – Apr 1992 – Near simultaneous attacks on Iranian Embassies and installations in 13 countries.
  • Assasination – Aug 22, 1998 – Former Warden of Evin Prison in Tehran.
  • Assasination – Apr 10, 1999 – Deputy Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces General Staff.
  • Operation Great Bahman – Feb 2000 – A dozen attacks against Iran including a mortar attack on the offices of the Supreme Leader and the President.

Recent Activities in New York area.

Sept 23, 2010 – Freedom for Iran and No Nukes for Ahmadinejad Rally at UN which includes this clip of Maryam Rajavi, leader of the Iranian Opposition:

July 25, 2009 – Iranian Factions in Times Square

June 26, 2009 – Solidarity with Iran

Final Analysis

It is possible that the MEK is erroneously listed as a Terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.  It is apparent that most of their attacks have been aimed at Iranian government and military targets.  It is also possible that the attacks on Americans may have been peformed by a splinter group not associated with the MEK.  However, their socialist underpinnings cannot be denied.  For full support they must make a firm commitment to religious, ideological and economic freedom for the Iranian people.

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