By Theodore Shoebat
The former press secretary for the Bush administration, Ari Fleischer, has recently called for a policy of destabilization to be made in Iran, and has also called for regime change in the region. According to one report from RT:
Ari Fleischer, who promoted the Iraq War while serving as press secretary under President George W. Bush, is back with more sweeping ideas on how to reach peace. This time in Iran. His suggestion: to destabilize the nation.
“Fascinating changes underway inside of Iran, no one can predict where they’re going to go,” Fleischer toldFox News on Monday, speaking about the recent anti-government protests in the Islamic republic. “But the more unstable we can help Iran to become, the better it is to actually secure peace if we can get rid of that theological regime one day, or if the Iranian people can get rid of it themselves.”
Serving as Bush’s press secretary, Fleischer became one of the leading public faces of the administration’s push for the Iraq War, claiming that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and that regime change was the only way out of the international crisis.
We know that the information about Saddam having WMDs was false, hence why the CIA’s top weapons inspector said that there were no WMDs in Iraq. And we know that such false information was used to justify the destabilization of Iraq.
People like Scooter Libby played a major role in influencing the United States to attack Iraq. He would visit the CIA numerous times with the hopes of pressuring them to find evidence that would justify a war. All sorts of hyperbole about Saddam was exclaimed to make the case for regime change. According to Bob Woodward, Colin Powell’s deputy, Richard Armitage, “was appalled at what he considered overreaching and hyperbole. Libby was drawing only the worst conclusions from fragments and silky threads.”
If they lied about Iraq, then who’s to say that they are not making up the same sort of conspiracies to justify to do the same thing in Iran, as what they did in Iraq? The Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak wrote in the New York Times that “Saddam Hussein’s nuclear-weapons program provides the urgent need for his removal.” On April 3, 2002, the neoconservative think-tank, The Project For The New American Century pushed the Bush administration to do regime change in a letter stating: “Mr. President, we urge you to accelerate plans for removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.” The people who signed were all the neoconservatives that we see today talking about Iran:
William Kristol, Ken Adelman, Gary Bauer, Jeffrey Bell, William J. Bennett, Ellen Bork, Eliot Cohen, Midge Decter, Thomas Donnelly, Nicholas Eberstadt, Hillel Fradkin, Frank J. Gaffney Jr., Reuel Marc, Gerecht Charles Hill, Bruce P. Jackson, Donald Kagan, Robert Kagan, Tod Lindberg, Rich Lowry, Clifford May, Joshua Muravchik, Martin Peretz, Richard Perle, Daniel Pipes, Norman Podhoretz, Stephen P. Rosen, Randy Scheunemann, Gary Schmitt, William Schneider Jr., Marshall Wittmann, R. James Woolsey
The same people who were pushing for regime change in Iraq (and the same people who, effectively, helped to destroy Iraq) and now calling for the same thing to be done in Iran. Are we really to trust the motivations of these people? While they may speak truth (and every evil doer always has a kernel of truth in what they say), this does not mean that their intentions are of good will, for insidious people will always use an evil found in reality by which to justify another evil. And, while they are pushing for regime change in Iran, neoconservatives are lobbying for the Iranian mujahideen.
Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich were in Paris speaking before thousands of Iranians at the “Free Iran” conference where they called for regime change in Iran. The event was organized by the National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI), which is the umbrella organization for the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK), or the People’s Muhahideen of Iran, a terrorist group and cult which has done attacks that led to the deaths of both Iranians and American citizens. Gingrich, in his speech, said:
“The only way to safety in the region is to replace the dictatorship with a democracy and that has to be our goal”
“This government is about to collapse, and this is the time to turn on the pressure,” Giuliani told a crowd of thousands of flag-waving MEK followers. “Thank God my president turned his back on that very dangerous nuclear deal with Iran. We are not going to do business with the world’s top sponsor of terrorism.”
Here is a video from March of 2018 of a speech by Giuliani in which he screams for regime change:
Rudy Giuliani also praised the revolutionaries in Iran, affirming that soon they will topple the Iranian government:
“We’ve lived through this before in other oppressed countries when the people take to the streets, and they protest day after day, like they’ve done in over 142 cities in Iran, like they did the other day Tehran. When they do that, and no matter how much they’re oppressed, no matter how much they are beaten, no matter how much they are arrested, or no matter how many of them are killed, they continue to grow and grow with numbers that now threaten to topple the regime. When that happens, then freedom is right around the corner!”
Giuliani talked about how the economy in Iran is collapsing and that this was a good thing because it would push the populace to violent revolution. What makes his statement interesting is that Giuliani references both the Bolshevik Revolution and the French Revolutions — both anti-Christian revolts that led to the deaths of hundreds and thousands, even millions, of lives — as models for facilitating revolution in Iran:
“freedom from oppression always comes through economic want, through human want. Thats what happened in the French Revolution, thats what happened in the Russian Revolution — the original one, and the second one —, and thats whats happening right now in your homeland.”
That Giuliani actually references the French and Bolshevik Revolutions as inspirations for what he wants to happen in Iran, indicates that the motive behind all the nice language of ‘democracy’ cannot be anything good.
Giuliani brags about how he and his American colleagues lobbied to have MEK no longer labeled as a terrorist organization:
“Since I’ve been working with you, and all of my colleagues from the United States, we fought a world wide battle to shed the unfair label of terrorism in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union — that label is now gone, and you’re seen defenders of human rights, because thats what you are. And we won that battle!”
Giuliani declared that it is democracy that the “NCRI stands for, thats what Madame Rajavi stands for, and thats what your martyrs died for!” Who is this Madame Rajavi and these “martyrs” that Guiliani is praising? He is speaking of Maryam Rajavi, the current head of the MEK cult and the wife of Massoud Rajavi, who is considered to be the leader of the cult but has been declared missing since 2003. The “martyrs” that Giuliani reveres are those insurgents of the MEK cult who led an armed struggle against the Iranian governments of both the Shah Pahlavi and of the Islamic Republic.
Members of the NCRI have argued that their organization is separate from the MEK, but a 2004 FBI investigation concluded that the NCRI is “not a separate organization, but is instead, and has been, an integral part of the MEK.” And on the official website for Iran Freedom it admits that “Five organizations are also members of the NCRI, including the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, MEK), the largest and most popular resistance group inside Iran.”
Guliani, John Bolton and Newt Gingrich are praising the MEK as the political group that needs to replace the Iranian regime in order to bring democracy. Bolton made it clear that the US government should use the MEK to facilitate regime range in Iran, stating in an MEK conference in 2016:
“There is only one answer here, to support legitimate opposition groups that favor overthrowing the military theocratic dictatorship in Tehran.”
However, there have been American officials who have warned about the dangers of the MEK. One US official in 2011 stated:
“We do not view the MEK as a viable opposition movement for Iran … Its own structure is not democratic, so how can the Iranian people expect it to enact democratic change within the country?”
While the group is elevated by neo-cons and other politicians as a force for democracy, the reality is that the MEK is a cult that is closer in nature to the Warren Jeffs cult. This is especially clear when you read about the cult’s past actions in its compound, Camp Ashraf, in Iraq. A RAND Corporation describes the MEK has having “a near-religious devotion to the Rajavis … public self-deprecation sessions, mandatory divorce, celibacy, enforced separation from family and friends and gender segregation.”
In the 1970s, the MEK was responsible for the murder of six Americans, and in 1979 MEK members were in glee as they watched 52 Americans taken hostage in the US embassy in Tehran. It is quite telling as to the hypocrisy of these politicians: they will say that they are against ‘the jihad,’ then they will unite with jihadists, but with the more conniving jihadists. Mix Islam with marxism, give a face of modernity and sprinkle some compound cultism, and you have the MEK. In a New York Times Magazine story Elizabeth Rubin documented the group’s cult-like behavior: “Every morning and night, the kids, beginning as young as 1 and 2, had to stand before a poster of Massoud and Maryam, salute them and shout praises to them”. “Mujahedeen members have no access to newspapers or radio or television,” Rubin wrote, “other than what is fed them.”
Giuliani, in the same speech, talks about how he helped bring in members of the Mujahideen-e Khalq (People’s People’s Mujahedin of Iran of Iran), an Iranian nationalist cult that wants to overthrow the Iranian regime, into Albania. These MEK members were, according to Giuliani, stuck in Iraq, but then brought to Albania where they now operate in an MEK cult enclave:
“Our people that were stranded in Iraq, yes, we lost hundreds of them. But, we finally delivered them to freedom in Albania, and I thank the government of Albania, I was there this year, its a wonderful place to see, its a great hope for the future of Iran, and believe me, those people are doing great work for us every single day. God bless them!”
When Giuliani says that these MEK members in Albania are “doing great for us,” by “us” does he mean the MEK or the US government, or both? The answer may lie in one part of Giuliani’s speech, in which he talks about how all the protests occurring in Iran are being coordinated by MEK operatives in Albania and in Iran:
“You’ve been able to form resistance units all over Iran. Those protests are not happening accidentally, those protests are happening because they’re being coordinated now — unlike in 2009 — they’re being coordinated by many of our people in Albania and many of our people here, and all throughout the world.”
There is cooperation between MEK agents and the US government. One report from Balkan Analysis states that the Obama administration worked in tandem with the Albanian government to bring MEK operatives from Iraq to Albania:
“In 2013, the Obama Administration struck a deal with the government of Albania to offer asylum to about 250 members of Mohajedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian “dissident group” exiled from Iran to Iraq during the early years of Khomeini’s regime. The group was once labeled a terrorist organization by the international community due to its track record of orchestrating bombing campaigns in Iran – often targeting American offices, businesses and citizens – as well as other military operations in an attempt to oust the newly established Iranian Islamic regime in the 1970s.
Since 2013, the Obama Administration and Albanian government have extended the agreement, consequently increasing the number of asylum seekers to somewhere in the range of 500-2,000 MEK members.”
There are currently three thousand MEK members residing in Albania, where numerous American politicians and officials have visited to lobby for the Iranian cult. Last year John Mccain made a speech in Albania for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) of the MEK. Moreover, in August of 2017, a number of Republican senators visited the MEK in Albania and met with Maryam Rajavi. One report states that “US Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and John Cornyn (R-TX), who is majority whip in the Senate, met with Rajavi [in Albania] to discuss US policies toward Iran and the possibility of regime change.”
Whats very interesting is how Albania is being used as a center for geopolitical policies.
According to a statement on the meeting from the National Council of Resistance of Iran: “Maryam Rajavi underscored the need for imposing comprehensive sanctions on the Iranian regime’s banking and oil sector”. The United States is definitely taking actions that are fitting to the demands of the MEK, with Trump stating in May: “We will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction” on Iran.
But while Trump acts like he is combating Iranian jihadism, his people are backing a group that calls itself “the people’s Mohajedeen,” which is really just another mujahideen organization with a very long history of terrorism. As one report states, “MEK instigated a bombing campaign, including an attack against the head office of the Islamic Republic Party and the Prime Minister’s office, which killed some 70 high-ranking Iranian officials, including Chief Justice Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, President Mohammad-Ali Rajaei, and Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar. In addition, MEK assassinations range in date and targets from U.S. military personnel and civilians in the 1970s (hence the original terrorist listing) to, almost certainly, the killing of at least five leading Iranian nuclear scientists in recent months.”
While the MEK was initially categorized as a terrorist organization, the US government rescinded this, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton writing in 2012: “I hereby revoke the designation of the Mujahadin-e Khalq, and its aliases, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization”.
So, all of the republicans who want to praise the MEK as a group for freedom, should also thank Hillary Clinton for backing the freeing of the MEK from the label of terrorist. Officials in the administration are acting like they are ‘fighting the jihad,’ all the while they are whoring with another Iranian mujahideen group that is very wealthy and very organized — the MEK. If the US is turning to groups like MEK for regime change, then the US’ policy of regime change towards Iran, it appears, will lead to a similar consequence as has been seen in Iraq or Syria.