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Pointing to designation of August 30 as Day of Campaign against Terrorism

MP: Terrorism Is a Creation of Arrogant Powers

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TEHRAN, Aug 30 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker says terrorism is a product of arrogant powers, adding that Iran is a main victim of terrorism and strongly condemns the vicious phenomenon.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 9:21:43 PM
MP: Terrorism Is a Creation of Arrogant Powers

MP Mehdi Mehdizadeh who was speaking on the occasion of martyrdom anniversary of two top Iranian leaders by terrorist MKO group on this day back in 1981, said designation of this day as the Day of Campaign against Terrorism in addition to keeping the memory of the two is an appropriate opportunity for the people to voice their abhorrence of terrorist operations in the world.

Member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis (Iranian Parliament)also said that no country in the world had been harmed by terrorism as much as Iran had. "There are 16,000 victims of terrorism in Iran most of whom were state officials or top scientific and cultural figures," the lawmaker told ICANA on Tuesday.


EU Support for Terrorists Shocking


Mehdizadeh said terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are now stationed in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, adding: "Surprisingly despite its claims to advocate human rights, Europe has not only not included these groups in the list of terrorists but gives them all types of support."

Lashing out at certain Western media who were under the Zionist lobby or were paid by the Western officials to stage smear campaign against Iran, the lawmaker said this was happening because Iran is an independent state and has always supported the truth and the rights of the oppressed people, including the innocent Palestinians.

Former President Mohammad Ali Rajaei and his Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar were among the first Iranian politicians that were assassinated callously by the terrorist group of Mojahedeen Khalq Organization or the MKO on August 30, 1981. The day is marked in Iran as the Day of Campaign against Terrorism.

The MKO whose main stronghold is in Iraq, is blacklisted by much of the international community, including the United States.

Before an overture by the EU, the MKO was on the European Union's list of terrorist organizations subject to an EU-wide assets freeze. Yet, the MKO leader, Maryam Rajavi, who has residency in France, regularly visited Brussels and despite the ban enjoyed full freedom in Europe.

The MKO is behind a slew of assassinations and bombings inside Iran, a number of EU parliamentarians said in a recent letter in which they slammed a British court decision to remove the MKO from the British terror list. The EU officials also added that the group has no public support within Iran because of their role in helping Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).

Many of the MKO members abandoned the terrorist organization while most of those still remaining in the camp are said to be willing to quit but are under pressure and torture not to do so.

A May 2005 Human Rights Watch report accused the MKO of running prison camps in Iraq and committing human rights violations.

According to the Human Rights Watch report, the outlawed group puts defectors under torture and jail terms.

Numerous articles and letters posted on the Internet by family members of MKO recruits confirm reports of the horrific abuse that the group inflicts on its own members and the alluring recruitment methods it uses.

The group, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and Western targets.

Leaders of the group have been fighting to shed its terrorist tag after a series of bloody anti-Western attacks in the 1970s, and nearly 30 years of violent struggle against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In recent months, high-ranking MKO members have been lobbying governments around the world in the hope of acknowledgement as a legitimate opposition group.

The UK initiative, however, prompted the European Union to establish relations with the exiled organization now based in Paris. The European Court of First Instance threw its weight behind the MKO in December 2009 and annulled its previous decision to freeze its funds.

The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran's new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including Rajaei, Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti in 1981.

The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.

The terrorist group joined Saddam's army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.

Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who also argue for the MKO to be taken off the US terror list.

The MKO has been in Iraq's Diyala province since the 1980s.

Iraqi security forces took control of the training base of the MKO at Camp Ashraf - about 60km (37 miles) north of Baghdad - in 2009 and detained dozens of the members of the terrorist group.

The Iraqi authority also changed the name of the military center from Camp Ashraf to the Camp of New Iraq.

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