The People’s Mujahedeen of Iran seems like a really sinister organisation. It seems that Khomeini didn’t like them because they were too extreme for him, which in view of the fanatically Islamic régime & society imposed by him & the other mullahs is hard to believe. He used them to install himself in power & then had no use for them. The saying my enemies enemy is my friend should not apply to this case. In fact it hardly ever should. They, The People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, shift loyalties for whoever is most likely to fund their murderous activities. Thank you Owen Bennett-Jones for the programme about them on the World Service last night, the 9th of April 2012.
They claim to be both communist & Islamic; this is a contradiction in terms. It is not one of those little paradoxes that can be explained away. For example, where does it leave the position of women? In Islam, women have no rights in communist societies, women were, at least in theory, completely equal. In practise it didn’t work out like that but at least the intent was there. They were friendly with Saddam Hussein & he gave them vast amounts of arms & money. The members of the sect, for that is what it is, are not allowed to be married & not allowed to have children & those that are, are required to divorce & the children are required to be adopted in America or elsewhere. The children often didn’t see their parents for more than 30 years.
The United States has designated them a terrorist group. In this they are right. The United States made the mistake of arming the mujahedeen in Afghanistan & they transmogrified into the Taliban & have blighted the area ever since. Apparently they, the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran have provided the Americans with information about Iran’s nuclear programme. But that isn’t a good enough reason for befriending them.
There is much about Camp Ashraf in the news or at least on my Facebook Page much appears about them. Camp Ashraf is in theory a refugee camp but in reality it was the centre of terrorist activities. The Iraqi government has been excoriated for persecuting them, for closing down the camp. But what are they supposed to do? Apart from anything else since the invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein, the country has been blighted by terrorism. They claim to be democratic these days but their record doesn’t indicate that that is very likely. But the Americans found tanks, artillery & armoured personnel carriers – according to Wikipedia & to the programme on the BBC World Service last night, in the camp after they had toppled Saddam Hussein. They change their loyalties frequently. They are not to be trusted.