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Were the Camp Ashraf victims bait for a more sinister goal?

 

It appears there are two ways to respond to the September 1st attack at Camp Ashraf. One is the normal approach taken by the United Nations and Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the governments of America and Europe, the European Union, and Amnesty International; condemnation of the killings, condolences for the victims’ families and demands that the government of Iraq conduct an investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki set up an inquiry into the deaths, and on Monday 2nd a UN team visited the camp to try to establish what happened.

 

Then there is the approach of the Mojahedin Khalq (aka MKO, MEK, NCRI), sympathetic media and lobbyists; immediately blame your enemies (in this case the host country) and build a strong verbal and pictorial narrative to support that assertion. Less than a few hours after the event strident press releases and graphic photographs of handcuffed, executed bodies were being sent to media and political circles claiming that the government of Iraq had massacred the camp residents. Iraq's security forces denied having entered the camp.

 

But, after a day or two of drip-feeding such images it began to resemble a Hollywood film; initial shocking pictures of the dead, then a back-flash to the moment the ill-equipped but masked attackers covertly crept up on the camp. (Carefully filmed by the victims themselves; if you saw this would you not run away or at least grab a gun rather than a camera!) This also begs the obvious question, ‘why would the Iraqi forces brutally murder half the residents then leave the remainder free to film the victims, send the films to the MEK HQ and allow these pictures to be distributed to the world?’ What possible motivation would they have?

 

No, the mystery surrounding these killings can begin to be unlocked by looking at some facts behind the MEK’s propaganda campaign, and by examining Massoud Rajavi’s disgusting, inhuman and sickening behaviour. Firstly Rajavi reneged on his agreement with the UN and insisted on retaining 100 people in Camp Ashraf while the remainder were transferred to temporary transit camp Liberty. This meant hundreds of Iraqi security forces were unnecessarily tied up in ‘protecting’ people illegally squatting the land and who are regarded in Iraq as terrorists, while Iraq’s civilian population are under constant threat of bombing and shooting in the rest of the country. While there they refused to allow anyone to enter the camp, declaring it an extra-judicial enclave to which not even the UN was granted access. And they endlessly whinged about the poor conditions while demanding that they stay put. They also refused to deal with the so-called possessions which they had supposedly remained there to sell. Certainly if the MEK were in any way immersed in normal society, even if the families of residents had been allowed to remain outside the camp to make contact with their loved ones, this kind of covert attack would not have been possible.

 

So, why were they really there and who was behind this attack? Although Iranian rightwingers and Revolutionary Guards hailed it as a victory for the Iraqi people, whoever was behind this tragedy was certainly an enemy of the government of Iraq.

 

There has been speculation that the MEK left behind in Camp Ashraf were there to protect Rajavi who was hiding in the camp, although it is also highly doubtful that he would risk remaining in the camp after he saw what happened to his benefactor Saddam Hussein.  Since the MEK released the names of the recent victims it has emerged that nearly all of the 100 people who remained at Camp Ashraf had been indicted for various terrorist crimes. Most of those killed were old and disaffected members but were unable to leave the MEK as they were marked for arrest by law enforcement agencies. They were, in effect, Rajavi’s hostages to do with what he wanted. Interestingly, the people who are missing are all members of Rajavi's personal security team, including the head of his security team Mahboubeh Jamshidi. How did it happen that they were not among those killed and where are they now? More to the point, where is Massoud Rajavi?

 

In August this year Rajavi surprised everyone when he announced that he had washed his hands of the MEK members who for thirty years have devoted their lives to him. He told them, “I am only in charge of your Day of Judgment and no one knows the date of the collapse of the regime”.

 

But if Rajavi wants to reduce or discontinue the MEK’s activities, give up his political ambition for regime change, then retire and attend to his personal life, he will have two essential needs. One is that he must somehow convince the United States to provide a safe retirement residence somewhere in Europe or the Middle East, and the second need is to get rid of the 3000+ people in Iraq. In this respect Rajavi could cut a deal to offer these 3000 people as mercenary forces to push the western agenda in Iraq and Syria; for example chemicals, bombing, poison or similar activities. His best case scenario would be that they die in situ through mortar attack or similar so that he could blame the Iraqi government for killing them. The Iraqi government would probably then be forced to offer some kind of compensation to the Americans and in return the Americans could be persuaded to give him, Rajavi, a place in Europe where he can be kept pickled for a day when he may be useful again.

 

Although it may seem far fetched to imagine the MEK itself or some collaborative group arranged to kill these individuals and leave some alive to film the events, Rajavi’s own track record for exploiting the blood of his followers, whether in war, assassinations, self-immolations, suicide missions, etc, sadly speaks for itself. Did Rajavi offer up the unwanted residents of Camp Ashraf as irresistible bait?

 

 

The Farsi version of this article can be read here: http://bit.ly/17zg3F9

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SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

@ShazdeAsdolaMirza

Please answer the following question which was made by the blogger here?

Why would the Iraqi forces brutally murder half the residents then leave the remainder free to film the victims, send the films to the MEK HQ and allow these pictures to be distributed to the world?’

ShazdeAsdolaMirza

Shazde Asdola Mirza Iranian.Com is not a place for freedom of expression anymore, therefore, I have stopped commenting here. My archived stories are at: http://iranian.com/main/member/shazde-asdola-mirza.html

I posted a reply, but it was deleted.

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Freedom for Iran.
Down with IRI murderers.
Down with IRI agents of death and torture!

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

بیانیه اتحاد بین المللی دررابطه با کشتار پناهندگان سیاسی کمپ اشرف

در روز یکشنبه ۱۰ شهریور ۱۳۹۲، مزدوران و جانیان وابسته به دو رژیم جنایت کار جمهوری اسلامی ایران وعراق با حمله وحشیانه به کمپ اشرف وابسته به سازمان مجاهدین خلق ایران، دهها نفر از ساکنان غیر مسلح و بی دفاع مستقر در این کمپ را کشتند و تعداد بیشتری را مجروح کردند. این جنایات ضد انسانی در حالی انجام میشود که عاملان و دستوردهندگان این کشتار، بی شرمانه و وقیحانه در خبر گزاری های دولتی ایران وعراق با صدای بلند و شور و شعف به این عمل تروریستی خود افتخار میکنند.

این اولین بار نیست که ساکنان کمپ اشرف با توطئه و هماهنگی بین دو رژیم ضد انسانی حاکم بر ایران و عراق مورد حمله قرار می گیرند و کشتار می شوند. در سال گذشته نیز دهها نفر از ساکنان کمپ اشرف در حمله ای مشابه با هدف برچیدن این کمپ کشته و زخمی شدند.

حفاظت از جان و حقوق انسانی پناهندگان بعهده کمیساریای عالی پناهندگان سازمان ملل و دولت های امضاء کننده کنوانسیون های پناهندگی است. اما دولت جنایتکار عراق که بنا براین کنوانسیون ها مسئول حفظ جان این پناهندگان است خود بعنوان مجوز دهنده ومجری، همراه با مزدوران اطلاعاتی رژیم ایران و سپاه قدس عراق که از سوی رژیم اسلامی حمایت و کنترل می شود، در این جنایت مستقیما شرکت داشته است.

رژیم ضد انسانی جمهوری اسلامی ایران طی حدود ۳۴ سال عمر جنایتکارانه اش نشان داده که از هیچ اقدامی در نابودی مخالفان خود فروگذار نخواهد کرد. کشتار اخیر ساکنان اشرف یک بار دیگر نشان داد که جان اعضا و هواداران سازمان مجاهدین خلق در عراق در خطر جدی است. همه ساکنان کمپ اشرف و لیبرتی باید امکان یابند که بطور آزادانه و بدون اعتنا به فشارهای سازمانی-ایدئولوژیک و غیرمسئولانه سازمان مجاهدین خلق، درمورد ماندن در عراق و یا ترک آن کشور تصمیم بگیرند. همچنین کمیساریای عالی پناهندگان سازمان ملل موظف است امنیت جانی این پناهندگان در هر کشور میزبان را با پافشاری اکید بر تعهدات بین المللی دولت پناهنده پذیر تامین نماید.

اتحاد بین المللی در حمایت از کارگران در ایران بنابر اصل دفاع از حقوق انسانی افراد، کشتار ساکنان کمپ اشرف را محکوم می کند و خواهان تعقیب، دستگیری ومحاکمه عاملان این جنایت وحشیانه میباشد.


اتحاد بین المللی در حمایت از کارگران در ایران
۵ سپتامبر ۲۰۱۳

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

اطلاعیه جمعی: در محکومیت کشتار ساکنان اردوگاه اشرف

کشتار ساکنان «اردوگاه اشرف» را محکوم می کنیم!

عوامل «سپاه پاسداران انقلاب اسلامی ایران» با همدستی تنگاتنگ حکومت ارتجاعی عراق در یورشی وحشیانه به «اردوگاه اشرف»، ده ها تن از ساکنان بی دفاع این محل را به قتل رساندند. موضع گیری بی شرمانه و ابراز شادمانی وقیحانه فرمانده سپاه پاسداران گواهی بر شرکت ایادی جمهوری اسلامی ایران در این جنایت است. صرف نظر از سیاست های ارتجاعی رهبران «سازمان مجاهدین خلق ایران»، واقعیت این است که جمهوری اسلامی ایران و حکومت عراق این جنایت هولناک را مشترکا مرتکب شده اند که در آن حتی از جان زخمی ها نگذشته و آن ها را «تمام کُش» کردند.

ما با تکیه به احترام به حقوق انسان ها و حقوق فعالان سیاسی از هر گرایشی که باشند، این جنایت فجیع را به شدت محکوم می کنیم و از مقامات نهاد های بین المللی مسئول می خواهیم که امنیت جان ساکنان این اردوگاه و نیز «اردوگاه لیبرتی» را تضمین کنند.

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ShazdeAsdolaMirza

Shazde Asdola Mirza Iranian.Com is not a place for freedom of expression anymore, therefore, I have stopped commenting here. My archived stories are at: http://iranian.com/main/member/shazde-asdola-mirza.html

Mr. Khodabandeh:
Thanks for "tooping" my recent story.
That toop made me read some of your material here, and on other sites.
I can see that you are a past MEK member, who has turned pro IRI and even accused by some of spying for IRI.
Without judging you, the clear "diplomatic" joy that here and in your other writings, is evident at the death and torment of your MEK ex-friends, as well as your constant deflection of blame from IRI, are unsettling.
For someone who has been from "A to Z" with that crazy organization, then has reportedly gone back towards the IRI camp ... your one-track propaganda machine smells too foully of a possible regime affiliation.
Sorry, for those reasons, I can't "toop" you back!

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

The space bar made my following comment looking weird ... i can not fix it once posted ...

I meant " You can do it Shazde "


: )

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

Why are you accusing Mr. Khodabandeh here?

If you have any objection with his views then discuss it rather than simply trashing the guy!

According to you then , anyone who rejects MEK leaders or the cult itself , is in camp IRI and/ or IRI supporter which force you to smell propaganda here ? Please check your smelling sense my dear cause i too have same feelings stated in this blog when it comes to MEK !


be nice to people .... you can do it !

Shazdeh
: )

EsfandAashena

Esfand Aashena

Mr. Khodabandeh, a while ago you correctly stated in either one of your articles or comments that the residents of Ashraf are "pension collectors" who are not a military threat anymore.

So I don't understand why you think they may be used as "mercenaries" for any kind of military operations?

They should be moved out of Iraq. Iraq is not safe for anymore, much less Mujahedin. UN and redcross should reach out to these people and move them. If it was up to Maryam and Masoud, all 3000 of them would still be in Ashraf.

massoudkhodabandeh

Massoud Khodabandeh Massoud Khodabandeh Director of Middle East Strategy Consultants Iranian born. more about me on khodabandeh.org mesconsult.com iran-interlink.org

I certainly believe that people over 40 (in this case over 50 and some over 60) are in no way fit for fighting as a military force and this is exactly why I am worried that these people be used to die rather than to kill. (Mercenaries don't necessarily fight but they do choose to undertake a militaristic role for pay, whatever that role may be, training for example). I'm not talking about fighters who can and do choose to kill and die as a job. Rajavi advertises the MEK as a mercenary force to whoever will pay him for their services, but the actual members have no choice, and Rajavi has sent so many to their deaths for his own reasons. That is the sad part of it.
I certainly agree with you and the many families and ex-members and human rights organisations who are all wanting the same thing - that the leaders of the MEK stop these games and allow the people to get out of Iraq. You may be aware that Rajavi ordered everyone to stop going for the UN refugee assessment interviews some months ago.

EsfandAashena

Esfand Aashena

I don't think this 3000 people who have been disarmed since 2004 and been cooped up either in Ashraf or Liberty are in anyway capable of any military action or any kind of training or otherwise. I don't think they can even torture anyone, probably too tired, too hungry, too hot, too cold and too scared of even being alive.

Unfortunately their lives have already been wasted over the past decade, if not earlier. For as long as they remain in Iraq they're dead people walking and at risk of being massacred over and over again as we've witnessed so far.

Indeed their only purpose for Maryam and Masoud is to keep Mujahedin in the news, albeit in this gruesome way.

P.Galenous

P_J. An Iranian!

Those who choose to live by the sword, die by the sword! As tragic as these event are...one can't forget the siding of this nefarious group with Iran's arch enemy, Saddam. MEK deeds and actions caused the death of numerous brave Iranian who were mostly child soldiers, defending their homeland against a monster like Saddam and his sidekick, the conniving and treasonous psychopath Masoud Rajavi and his gang of brain washed traitors, the MEK!

Having witnessed ALL that, it is extremely difficult to sympathize with these zombies!

Souri

Souri

Dear Zendanian (and other friends)
I'm still puzzled about the motivation of the IRI and the Iraqi government (and as you said below the politics of the US government against the MEK) for doing such an attack at camp Ashraf?
Are the MEK still politically active even at the heart of today's Iraq?
If the answer is "yes" , then are those activities really dangerous ? To what point?
Didn't they sign an agreement for not doing any political activities anymore?
I want to believe that the author of this massacre is the IRI with the help of the Iraqi government (as you and other friends mentioned) but so far I couldn't find any valuable argument which explain the true reason for that attack.
Would you (or anyone else out there) please give me more details about this tragedy and the reason why you think this should be ordered by the IRI ?

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Souri jan salam. I'm as puzzled by all of this as anyone else. Unfortunately I don't have any new info or insights to add to this sad episode. I guess we all agree that the longer they stay there, more vulnerable they'll become.
Masoud Rajavi has the resources to resettle all Camp Asharaf residents outside of Iraq, it is his bankrupt politics that prevents him from that urgent task.
Good to hear from you, cheers

Souri

Souri

Hi again dear,
Exact, I agree with you. That guy is really a munstre. I hope he will end up in prison, so the rest of his organization will be set free.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

آنچه روشن است نه "سازمان ملل متحد" و نه رهبری "سازمان مجاهدین خلق" علیرغم آگاهی بر ابعاد فجایعی که تا کنون در این اردوگاه به وقوع پیوسته و علیرغم آگاهی بر موقعیت مخاطره آمیز ساکنین این اردوگاه، از تلاش و انجام اقدامات جدی برای انتقال ساکنین این اردوگاه به کشور ثالث و امن، آشکارا کوتاهی کرده اند. دولت آمریکا که بارها شاهد کشتار ساکنین این اردوگاه در دوره اشغال و حضور نیروهایش در عراق بوده است و پای قرارداد چهار جانبه با سازمان ملل، دولت عراق و ساکنان این قرارگاه، برای تضمين امنیت آنان را امضا کرده است، هنوز هم نمی خواهد جلو تکرار این فجایع انسانی را بگیرد.

حزب کمونیست ایران ضمن محکوم کردن دسیسه های مشترک دولت عراق و رژیم جمهوری اسلامی و سیاستهای دولت آمریکا علیه ساکنین اردوگاه اشرف، خواهان تضمین امنیت جانی و حقوق و حرمت انسانی ساکنین این اردوگاه و اقدامات عاجل برای انتقال آنها به کشور ثالث است. حزب کمونیست ایران از همه نیروهای سیاسی اپوزیسیون ایران و نهادهای مدافع حقوق انسان در سطح جهان می خواهد که نگذارند امنیت و جان هواداران و اعضای "سازمان مجاهدین خلق" مستقر در عراق قربانی بند و بست های دولت عراق با رژیم جمهوری اسلامی گردد، و برای انتقال آنها به کشور ثالث دولت عراق و سازمان ملل متحد را تحت فشار قرار دهند.

massoudkhodabandeh

Massoud Khodabandeh Massoud Khodabandeh Director of Middle East Strategy Consultants Iranian born. more about me on khodabandeh.org mesconsult.com iran-interlink.org

در بسیاری موارد با اطلاعیه های حزب کمونیست ایران موافقم ولی در این زمینه دسیسه ای که دولت عراق، جمهور اسلامی ایران، امریکا و سازمان ملل را علیه ساکنین اشرف هماهنگ کند نمی بینم. راستش دلیلی هم بعنوان احتمال به ذهنم نمی زند. فکر نمی کنم امریکا و سازمان ملل حداقل در این قضیه ذینفع بوده باشند و مطمئن هستم از بغداد که دولت نوری المالکی نه تنها نفعی نبرده ( که مشخص است نباید هم می برد) که ضرر فراوانی هم داده است. مسلما قاتلین و پشتیبانان آنها هر کس بوده رفیق دولت عراق، دولت امریکا و یا سازمان ملل نبوده اند

farhangpooya

farhangpooya In all situations, in or outside power, social problems require social solutions (در همه شرايط، در حاكميت و يا خارج از حاكميت، مشكلات اجتماعى راه حل هاى اجتماعى طلب مى كنند)

It is a very sad and tragic affair. I believe both IRI and MEK are quite capable carrying out these horrific act of murders. But, from the evidence before us I tend to agree with Massoud Khodabandeh's analysis.
It is embarrassing for Iranians to have government and oppositions like this.
What a shame.

P.Galenous

P_J. An Iranian!

I either have heard or read someplace that the MEK slaughter may have been a result of infighting or power grab!

Nene

Nene An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast. a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha

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