Autopsy of an ideological drift (28)

 

“The ‘political remarriage’ of Rajavi with  Maryam Azdanlou, wife of one of his closest staff members who was forced to leave her publicly, is presented as ‘one of the most important revolutionary and ideological decisions ever taken by the Mojahedin’.”

About the Kurds

Soon it would the turn of Mr Abdel Rahman Ghassemlou, leader of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK). Mr Rajavi criticized him for “having accepted talks with Khomeini, thus recognizing his legitimacy” and asked him to leave the NCRI.

In fact, the DPIK, the only organization (with its Kurdish competitor, Komaleh) to lead an armed struggle against the Iranian regime, had met with the central government. This was “to explore the possibilities of a local cease fire.” Heartbroken, Mr Ghassemlou soon left the NCRI. From this point on, the NCRI would have no independent existence from the Mojahedin.

It was only one of the “brand names” that Rajavi uses to abuse the confidence of those who sign his petitions: from Papua New Guinea to France. Their names are packed inunder manifestos condemning the “war mongering, medieval regime of Khomeini” and praising the “peace plan put forward by Mr Rajavi, Chairman of the National Resistance Council,” Jean Gueyras concludes. The Kurdish issue was far from being settled for the PMOI. In spite of its regular denials, the National Liberation Army of Iran, under Rajavi’s control, carried out bloody attacks on the Kurds.

Retaking Control

However, there was worry within the ranks of the PMOI. Some at the base began asking questions. This was not taken well at all:

They were immediately treated as outcasts and as traitors to the cause. Inside the organization, discussion had only one purpose:

Strong and loud approval of the Chief, who is always right! And there would be many opportunities for this.

At this point in the PMOI’s evolution, we must again look to Mao Tse Tung to find the most useful solution that the leadership would use to muzzle all differences of opinion:

“It is necessary to reinforce Party discipline, including: 1) Submission of the individual to the organization; 2) Submission of the minority to the majority; 3) Submission of the lower echelon to the higher echelon; 4) Submission of the entire Party to the Central Committee. Whoever violates these rules undercuts Party unity”.

One could not be clearer! And, when “revolutionary divorce” became a rule, more and more spoke out to demand at least an explanation for this measure. No answer was ever given. It is necessary to silence all dissent: the Chief cannot make mistakes, the Chief is the Chief!

Jean Gueyras understands the PMOI’s double talk:

“The ‘political remarriage’ of Rajavi with  Maryam Azdanlou, wife of one of his closest staff members who was forced to leave her publicly, is presented as ‘one of the most important revolutionary and ideological decisions ever taken by the Mojahedin’.”

This attitude was too much for the few independent personalities who had continued to express their confidence in Rajavi. The new groom succeeded in creating an almost unanimous wave of rejection within the Iranian exile community in France. He nonetheless welded his own troops in their blind and unconditional loyalty to him.

Only a few dissidents fled what they now saw as a religious sect. Yet, it the organization’s ‘sympathisers’ make up one big family, they have to fall back on the jargon of the ‘Great Master’ and accept all his explanations, including the most unlikely ones.

During their lengthy exile in Auvers-sur-Oise,  Rajavi and his friends have become masters in turning their failures and embarrassments into stunning victories, for their public relations. This is the way Massoud Rajavi’s departure to Baghdad was explained by the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran: “the residence of Massoud Rajavi has changed in order to neutralize, on the one hand, the plots of the Khomeini regime and, on the other hand, to meet the needs of the resistance’s new phase”.

The press release concludes: ‘The NCRI considers this move as indispensable to our deployment and organisation of the revolution’s armed forces. It is the last step toward our return to our country’s soil”.

Autopsy of an ideological drift (27)


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