There are so many unknowns about Camp Ashraf situation and is not easy to determine who is the real cause the recent escalations .
First and foremost any killing and violation of human rights of anyone including those within Camp Ashraf are absolutely unjustified. Whether recently by Iraqi Government or through the years by the MEK cult leaders. But question remains why the residents resisted. The control of Camp Ashraf was turned to Iraqi’s by US with the condition that the residents will not be forced to return to Iran and Iraqi government has not stated such intention either.
Based on the information available so far these are the ones ultimately responsible for the unfortunate situation in Camp Ahsraf :
1 – Islamic Regime for creating an atmosphere of intolerance and oppression ever since the early years of its inception instead of democratic opportunities for freedom of expression , assembly and political parties which lead to extremism by some of the opposition including Mujahedeen Khalgh and also for their constant pressure on Iraq government to hand in the MEK members.
2 – Leaders of The Mujahedeen Khalgh Cult for having brought their followers to Iraq, for their cult like leadership and treatments of the camp residents and also for recent encouragement of the camp residents to resist control by Iraqi’s
3 – Those camp residents who entered the foreign soil to fight with Iran, treasonous to their own nation during the Iraq-Iran war which led to their current misfortunate destiny.
4- Saddam Hossein for allowing these people on Iraqi soil
5- United Nations for not effectively addressing the fate of the Camp Ashraf residents
6- Iraqi government for any use of violence against unarmed people
It should be stated that these people have lived in Iraq for more than 20 years and most of them were officially allowed in by Iraqi government and therefore first and foremost they do remain as responsibility of Iraqi government . At the same time they live on Iraqi soil and it is absolutely irresponsible of MEK leaders to insist on not allowing Iraqi’s to be in charge of part of their own territory. They had known of this legal right of the host country since the day they chose to enter Iraq to fight their own.
Regardless of what has lead to the current situation
1- United Nations must immediately take a more active role (without involvement of MEK leaders)
2- They should not be forced to go to Iran except by their own wish
3- They should individually or in groups be allowed to go to any country that they are allowed in to. Legal facilitations must be made for the individuals who wish to obtain foreign visas subject to approval of the new host country.
4- They should also individually and privately be offered residence in Iraq away from the cult if they so desire. They should be offered refuge or permanent resident status by Iraqi government. After all they helped Iraqi army in their war with Iran, especially during the 2nd phase of war when Khomeini had become the attacker with the goal of reaching Karbala. In a way some are Iraq’s war heroes!
5- THE INDIVIDUALS SHOULD BE PROVIDED FULL ACCESS TO OUTSIDE WORLD COMMUNICATIONS AND AWAY FROM WATCHFUL EYES OF CULT LEADERS IF THEY DESIRE AND TO BE ASSURED THAT THEY ARE NOT UNDER ANY PRESSURE OR UNDUE INFLUENCE FROM CULT LEADERS.
6- The causes of recent deaths and escalations should be reviewed and addressed according to the law and those responsible should be brought to justice.
7- MOST IMPORTANTLY, IRAQI GOVERNMENT AND UN MUST CEASE ANY NEGOTIATION WITH LEADERS OF MEK AND TREAT EACH CULT MEMBER INDIVIDUALLY, CONFIDENTIALLY AND BASED ON THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL WISHES AND NEEDS