Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

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Iranian group takes issue with article

The Feb. 11 article, "Iran sees less threat in exiled MKO militants," includes distortions about the opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI).

The reference to the Mujahideen-e Khalq, or MKO ("People's Holy Warriors") is used exclusively by Iran's ruling mullahs when writing or speaking about the PMOI. [Editors' note: The US State Department, among others, cites this designation.] The article relies on Gholam Reza Sadeghi as a source, even though he was never a PMOI member. [Note: The Monitor has a copy of an agreement with him "for individuals of the PMOI" countersigned by a US officer at Camp Ashraf.] And neither Massoud nor Maryam Rajavi ever wrote to him, nor did PMOI send his son to Iran.

The suggestion that the Iranian regime treats those affiliated with its main opposition humanely and compassionately pales in the face of the way it has treated PMOI members or sympathizers who have refused to surrender to it while in captivity. The article rehashes the Iranian regime's absurd claims that the PMOI had been assisted by Israel in making its revelations about Iran's nuclear program. [Note: Many Western analysts hold this view.] Even more preposterous is the assertion that "Much of the information the UN has received from the group in recent years has a political purpose."

Describing the PMOI as a cult is nothing more than parroting Tehran's propaganda. [Note: The description is in State Department reports, among other places.] Having failed to destroy the democratic resistance movement through executions, torture, assassinations, or even the terror label (by way of making deals with the Western countries), the mullahs attempt to discredit the PMOI by calling it a cult. If the PMOI did not profoundly believe in democratic principles, it would have wilted under these pressures many times over.

We wish the Monitor had called PMOI before publication of such an unbalanced article. [Note: The article's author has called the PMOI many times over the years without response. …

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