With so many dangerous unknowns revolving around the MKO terrorists and their proclivity to shed blood, Washington’s wholehearted support boggles the mind, says journalist Catherine Shakdam, an expert on West Asian affairs in her investigative article for the Citizen Truth website, titled: “The other face of terror: Why is the US entertaining the MKO?”
On the power that his office grants him, US State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo was quick to lambast his predecessor: John Kerry, for diplomatically engaging Washington’s new favorite enemy … the root of all that goes bump in the night: Iran.
Speaking to reporters at the State Department last September Pompeo was harsh in his criticism, somewhat unaware of the sheer irony his ire betrays.
“What Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented,” exclaimed Pompeo before adding: This is a former secretary of state engaged with the world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism; he was talking to them, he was telling them to wait out this administration … You can’t find precedent for this in US history, and the secretary ought not engage in this kind of behavior.”
On hearing Pompeo’s bombastic accusation, the question that arises, is: Who is the biggest exporter of terror – Saudi Arabia or Iran?
Let us first of all address the proverbial elephant in the room. The Islamic Republic of Iran is by no means and no stretch of anyone’s imagination, the biggest “sponsor of terror.”
That title was long bestowed to the House of Saud, for whom Britain carved out a kingdom in 1932 – seven years after their shedding of streams of Muslim blood in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina –thus giving birth to the state terror of Wahhabism and its sister in extremism: Salafism.
Wahhabism and Salafism – which terms have often been used interchangeably, posit that whoever dares exist outside their school of thought ought to perish by the sword. Such a violent and reactionary nihilistic interpretation of Islam has served as an ideological ground zero for groups such as Al Qaeda, Daesh, Boko Haram, and the Taliban, if not to say an incubator.
Terror which claimed tens of thousands of innocent lives to its flag over the years is ideologically tied up to Saudi Arabia. Worse still, experts have already, proof in hands, assessed beyond any shadow of a doubt that Terror has been one of Saudi Arabia’s most active exports if we consider the resources spent in the promotion of such supposedly religious dogmatism.
While Saudis constitute only one percent of the world’s Muslims, on an annual basis, Riyadh spends three times as much in exporting its Wahhabi ideology as did the Soviets in propagating Communism during the height of the Cold War.
Back in 2015, President Trump would have agreed with this assessment. In fact, he eternalized such assessment in his book: ‘Time to Get Tough,’ which was published ahead of the presidential election. Trump writes: “Then look at Saudi Arabia. It is the world’s biggest funder of terrorism. Saudi Arabia funnels our petrodollars – our very own money – to fund the terrorists that seek to destroy our people, while the Saudis rely on us to protect them.”
In 2010 then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also came to the conclusion that Saudi Arabia was a great sponsor of Terror. Her memo, published by WikiLeaks, says Saudi donors “constitute the most significant source of funding to terrorist groups worldwide.”
Clinton stressed that Saudi Arabia provided “a critical financial support base for al-Qa’ida, the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other terrorist groups, which probably raise millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources.”
Interestingly enough such knowledge of wrongdoings did not prevent US state officials at the highest levels of government to pursue close relations with Saudi Arabia … and so Secretary of State Pompeo may want to review his initial outcry of disgust vis a vis John Kerry.
Grandstanding is never pretty when done over quicksand.
But here is where things get a little dicier… or morally revolting depending on how one wishes to look at it. Under the Trump administration, the United States has become a de facto patron of terror, if not in means, at least in political accreditations.
In June 2018 Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani speaking at a gathering of Iranian hypocrites in Paris led by Maryam Rajavi, the ringleader of the MKO, which was once listed as a terrorist outfit in the US and Europe and is still widely viewed as a Marxist-Islamist cult, bragged about what he called American bid to change the system of government in Tehran, saying: Next year I want to have this convention in Tehran!
The former New York mayor, who became a cybersecurity adviser in the White House before being named as Trump’s personal lawyer in April 2018, is one of a long line of American neocons to have attended the MKO gathering in the French capital.
Hinting to America’s role in instigating unrest in Iran, he boasted: “Those protests are not happening spontaneously … They are happening because of many of our people in Albania [which hosts an MKO compound] and many of our people here and throughout out the world.”
British journalist Lindsey Hilsum had a recent run-in with the MKO when she traveled to Albania, home to the terror group’s military arm. Sprawling over 200,000 square meters, the camp benefits from heavy militarised protection, against it seems Albania’s own best opinions … if not wishes.
Hilsum was brutalized by the group after she was accused of being an agent of Iran. If the incident was conveniently kept from mainstream media, it nevertheless betrays the nefarious nature of the organization whose taste for secrecy borders the pathological.
In her documentary for Channel 4 (UK) Hilsum produces documents denouncing in no uncertain terms how dangerous Albania believes the MKO to be.
With so many dangerous unknowns revolving around the MKO notwithstanding the group’s proclivity to shed blood including that of its members should they wish to leave, Washington’s wholehearted support boggles the mind.
A US State Department report in 1992 identified the MKO as responsible for the killing of six Americans in Iran during the 1970s. They included three military officers and three men working for Rockwell International, a conglomerate specializing in aerospace including weapons, who were murdered in retaliation for the arrest of MKO members over the killings of the US military officers.
The MKO was an enthusiastic supporter of the takeover of the US embassy in Tehran, something both US officials and mainstream media have been keen to sweep under the rug to serve more immediate agendas.
The MKO then launched a bombing campaign against the Islamic government. In 1981, it attacked the headquarters of the Islamic Republic Party, killing 72 senior officials including Chief Justice Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Beheshti and 27 members of parliament. A few months later it bombed a meeting of Iran’s National Security Council, killing Iran’s President Mohammad Ali Rajai and the Prime Minister, Hojjat al-Islam Mohammad Javad Bahonar.
The state department described the MKO as cutting a “swath of terror” across the country in the following years and of “violent attacks in Iran that victimize civilians.”
The report said: “Since 1981 the [MKO] has claimed responsibility for murdering thousands of Iranians they describe as agents of the government.”
In light of Western capitals’ suffering at the hands of terror militants, one would think that they would work to minimize threats – not invite them in, as is the US now doing by openly siding with the MKO terrorists against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the vain hope of changing the system of government.