Autopsy of an ideological drift (‎‏49‏‎)‎

Masoud and Maryam's marriage was presented as a kind of mystical union, “one of the most important ‎revolutionary and ideological decisions ever taken by the Mojahedin”. Even the rejected husband ‎congratulated the newly weds.‎

An Irresistible Rise

Enjoying being invited to mass meetings, aggressively cultivating contacts with feminist ‎movements in Europe and America — who overlooked the eternal scarf of the personality they ‎met — Maryam Rajavi used all the cosmetic tricks of the PMOI‏ ‏to advertise the organization’s ‎struggle.‎

Figaro reported:‎

‎“Her return to France in the beginning of ‎‏2003‏‎ alerted the DST. Flanked by senior‏ ‏officials, ‎Maryam Rajavi had mysteriously left Iraq to return to Auvers-sur-Oise. This‏ ‏was a worrying ‎decision for those who for almost thirty years were watching this‏ ‏woman, sometimes a seductive ‎Ambassadress, sometimes an implacable fighter. She‏ ‏was armed all too often with false papers ‎and borrowed names to pursue ‘the armed‏ ‏struggle’. Between the democratic façade and the life ‎and death struggle against the‏ ‏Iranian regime, Maryam Rajavi’s history is bonded to that of her ‎organisation...‎

For Maryam, the time had come for diplomacy. In ‎‏1994‏‎, she was photographed with Abbé ‎Pierre, among other celebrities, without ever respecting the duty of political silence which she ‎had accepted on entering France. Yet, the militant is never far from the diplomat: back from Iraq ‎in ‎‏1998‏‎, she addressed the NLA fighters, “The resistance is on the right tracks toward ‎overthrowing the mullahs’ regime “. In June ‎‏1998‏‎, an attack on the main law courts in Teheran, ‎claimed by the Mojahedin, left several civilian victims in its wake!‎

Five years later, the changes in the Iraqi Context forced the ‘future President’ to return to France, ‎only to be arrested and charges with possible crimes. This was a vision that, according to Western ‎intelligence services, her worshipers could not accept. She was the object of their ‘cult of ‎personality’. Her rise was irresistible.‎

For Western specialists, Mrs Rajavi fools no one. Liberation underlined the contradictions: ‘In ‎Auvers-sur-Oise, some years ago, they whispered to us, just before the interview:‎

‎‘Above all do not shake hands with Maryam Rajavi’. Whether in France or Iraq, men could not ‎greet her except from a distance: she was the Mojahedin’s ‘Sun of the Revolution’. The ‎opposition Iranian woman may well denounce the mullahs’ obscurantism, present her ‎organisation as one dedicated to Western-style democracy, for freedom and modernity, and ‎preach an alternative Islam that is compatible with women’s rights, But her attitude shows ‎nothing of her real priorities or plans. ‎

She preaches ‘freedom of dress’ for women, but their militants are never seen in anything but ‎severe raincoats, and the Islamic scarf. She is never without this costume, but does wear bright ‎colours: but this coquettish touch is also acceptable in Teheran. Distant, secretive, listening only ‎to herself, her face frozen in a permanent smile which tells nothing of her real personality, ‎Maryam Rajavi remains an enigma.‎

She never opens up, always refusing to meet with journalists. Now aged ‎‏50‏‎, she has for twenty ‎years been the incarnation of the movement. How did she conquer this party. which preached a ‎Marxist-leaning Islam, without the clerics and was heroic in the armed struggle against the Shah ‎and went On to dare to oppose Ayatollah Khomeini’s seizure of power? How has she turned it ‎into a politicoreligious sect completely devoted to the Rajavi couple, each representing God on ‎Earth?‎

It was in ‎‏1985‏‎ that Maryam Azdanlou began to be heard of. A metallurgical engineer, from a ‎modest background, she was merely the wife of one of Massoud’s lieutenants. ‎Suddenly, she married the Chief. Most Iranians find her quite beautiful. But the bitter pill of ‎divorce and remarriage had to be swallowed by a membership marked by exceptional Puritanism. ‎Thus, their marriage was presented as a kind of mystical union, “one of the most important ‎revolutionary and ideological decisions ever taken by the Mojahedin”. Even the rejected husband ‎congratulated the newly weds.‎

On the subject of the marriage, the views of the great classical singer, Marzieh, who sings Omar ‎Khayyam, Hafez and Rumi have a special interest. The diva joined the organisation in ‎‏1994‏‎, ‎literally fascinated by Maryam, whose friend she became: ‘It was she who dared choose her own ‎husband, design her own wedding, and recite the texts that bind the couple together. This had ‎never had happened in human history.‎

Before these responsibilities were the man’s...’. Throughout this entire period, in a sort of insult ‎to the Islamic Republic, where women were marginalised, she placed women in all the command ‎positions. This inversion of Islamic values would be amusing, were it not organised and ‎commanded within a strict sectarianism: the will to organise the exact opposition of what the ‎enemy does: ‘In opposition to the rule of the mullahs with its absolute male domination, the ‎Iranian resistance is directed, commanded and led essentially by our women.’ she made clear. We ‎see that in the Central Committee made up exclusively of ‎‏24‏‎ women since ‎‏1993‏‎. It is also evident ‎in the Liberation Army in which women are ‎‏30‏‎ per cent of the force, but more than ‎‏50‏‎ per cent of ‎the officer corps”.


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