Futility of revenge
I cannot stay uncaring about the fate of the Mujahideen Khalgh rank
September 18, 2002
As the nightmarish rule of Saddam and his "republic of fear" is about
to join those of the cannibalistic Emperor Bukasa, and likewise rabid "president
for life", Idi Amin Dada, the very existence of few thousand unfortunate Iranians
hang in the balance.
For the past few months a repatriation program, under the UN aegis , has facilitated
the return of some Iranian nationals who had taken refuge in Iraq. It is unclear
whether any members of the People's Mujahideen, which have been based in Iraq since
the early 1980s, were amongst them.
But what is clear is that Saddam has the luxury of choosing to take up fellow lifetime
president, Mubarak, on his offer of safe refuge in Egypt, or going down with the
ship, our beleaguered compatriots, as wrongheaded as they have been, have only the
latter of the two options.
I by no stretch of imagination am a fan of the Mujahideen leadership. To me, their
blood stained history and repressive tactics, puts them in par with their former
ally, the Islamic Republic, and their current benefactor, Saddam. It is only a matter
of degree, otherwise, they are all of the same mentality, namely, the imposition
of their will on others through brute force.
In some ways I am glad that they lost the power struggle to the ayatollah. If they
had gained power, their declared desire for fundamental social/political restructuring
would have eventually taken them down the same genocidal path as the Khmer Rouge
That said, I cannot in good conscience stay uncaring about the fate of the Mujahideen
rank and file, including and most importantly their children -- the very same way
that I feel towards the Islamic Republic's foot-soldiers and their families.
The cultish People's Mujahideen has a lot in common
with Jim Jones' People's Temple. The mind controlling mechanisms through tightly
regimented activity, in both social and work arena, coupled with having prescribed
answers to all of the life's questions are just some of the similarities. Let's hope
their exit strategy is dissimilar to that of the People's Temple in the jungles of
We Iranians have seen enough and are experiencing the devastating effects of dooming
an entire segment of the society for the sins, [I prefer actions], of their fathers.
Unless and until we come to convince ourselves in the futility of revenge, which
begets revenge, and trully come to expunge our souls of any desire for it, our sincere
hopes and desires for a brighter and more deserving future for our beloved Iran will
always stay just that, a dream unfulfilled.