These days there are many emails and articles floating around regarding the lifting of Mojahedeen Khalgh from U.S terror list, some pro some against. A friend asked me about my opinion, here I share .....
First I start by saying: Head of MK Masoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi are both criminals, if for nothing other than shaking hands with Saddam and agreeing to fight with Iran and killing Iranian soldiers. If I had a wish list of people who should be put on trial one day, *ALONG WITH* many heads of Islamic Regime, like Khamaneh-ee or Rafsanjani, Rezai ...., I would certainly like to see these two put on a trail.
However, this is not about MY wishes. This is about Iran, and what is best for Iran and future of Iran.
In my opinion, there is only one petition worthy of signing: A petition that makes lifting of MK from terror list contignet upon that organization, 1-renouncing violcence --for past and present and future, and 2-renouncing its cooperation with Saddam. That's all.
a:This will make them join the non-violent forces of opposition to Islamic Regime for good. I always wished MK's organizational skills could be put in a better use, and if they renounce violent means permanently and in its past, that would leave the sole other violent group Islamic Regime as the promoter of violence. This will also put verifiable restrictions on them no to carry arms etc.
b:Renouncing its cooperation with Saddam, which I think is also a *must*, will put the burden of proof of validity of their strategy on their leadership. What can be better for democratic process, if LEADERs, where held to account for their decisions? Then Maryam can explain that for her supporters.
c:Regardless of their size, MK is a very well organized and motivated group. Would we want such a group, endorse non-violent means or not, and what better way than have that as a pre-condition?
d:As importantly, U.S government, must not and can not agree to anything less than the two conditions I stated, as her own foreign policy has officially revolved around these two. With U.S demanding these two pre-conditions, it will insure some level of verification of MK's future activity.
e:Iran for all Iranian's is not just a slogan. A democratic Iran, needs to be inclusive of ALL Iranians, regardless. As I said, except for the leadrship, we need to get the MK forces helping Iran, in a constructive way.
In my view, any tools in our hand should and must be used for true advancement of tolerance and democracy and that means inclusiveness. Not of those we already agree with or like, but also those whom we disagree with and may dislike. MK is the best example. Probably one can not find a single Iranian that does not have an opinion/emotion about MK (bad or good). The same way in U.S and many of the countries we have now taken as our homes, ALL groups of opposition (shy of violent groups) are tolerated, we must provide that route for MK organzation in Iran.
To jump on signing an anti-delisting campaign, or unconditionally favoring a delisting campaign, does not help Iran. I look forward to constructive discussion.
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