Joseph Joubert said:
"Imagination is the eye of the soul". It therefore comes as no surprise that
with terrorists lending their imagination to Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, a
member of the House of Lords from Gordon Brown's ruling Labor Party, his soul is
blinded. Lord Corbett would have us believe that millions of Iranians are
eagerly waiting for the "freedoms offered by Iran's parliament-in-exile, the
National Council of Resistance of Iran."[i]
Perhaps it is the inaccuracy of the number that troubles this writer.
According to credible sources,
the approximate number of this terrorist cult was estimated at no more than
10,000 members, with followers fast dwindling, no doubt due to its outrageous
cult-like militant ideology[ii].
Given that the MEK took up arms against fellow Iranians and fought alongside
Saddam Hossein's forces, Iranians see them as traitors and murderers, naught
more. While Tony Blair plagiarized papers to enable George W. Bush to invade
Iraq in search of Saddam's non-existent WMD and the 'war on terror', the only
terrorists in Iraq, the MEK, were given 'special persons status'; hardly a
noteworthy credential for 'self-acclaimed parliamentarians in exile' who wants
to offer freedom, unless the sort offered by the Bush-Blair coalition - complete
destruction of Iran.
One must wonder what has
prompted a distinguished British Lord to rise up in the defense of terrorists,
and more importantly, to accept the highly visible position of chairman of the
British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom? To believe in a 'good
Samaritan' state is fool-hardy. Empirical evidence supports the fact that
Britain's foreign policy has been in direct conflict with that of Iran's
national interest. Given that the MEK's history has been fully explored and
recorded by the Human Rights Watch organization and the United States State
Department, one has to examine Lord Corbett's risky undertaking in associating
his distinguished title with this group.
Ronal Reagan once said: "Politics
is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it
bears a very close resemblance to the first". He was remarkably astute in
his observation. In 1995, it became painfully clear to Lord Nolan that 30% of
all MPs were being paid for consultancies (advice and lobbying) related to their
parliamentary role. At the time of this revelation, the majority of
Conservative backbenchers were 'spoken for' by one commercial lobby or another.
An influential lobby group
called 'Decision Makers' had Dame Angela Rumbold, Vice-Chairman of the
Conservative Party as one of its directors. She resigned when Mohammed
Al-Fayed, father of Princess Diana's fiancÚ, Dodi Fayed, made allegations
against senior party figures[iii].
Another 'lobbying company' was set up by lan Greer who began in politics working
for Cabinet Minister Peter Walker. He remained a Conservative agent for thirteen
years after which he has enjoyed close links with senior Conservative
politicians. In 1969 he began lobbying as a business. Among Ian Greer Associates
(IGA) was Prime Minister Bhutto.
Could it be that the MEK is
using a lobby group to influence the likes of Lord Corbett? This group is not
without influence. Indeed, they have many friends in the United States
Congress. They are cunning and skillful in the art of deception. They have
also had the world believe that the minority religious in Iran are being
persecuted setting Iran in the 'Orientalist' perspective of the Muslim
'otherness' denoting barbarism. This will give the neocons who believe in a
combination of force, ideas, and morality the ammunition to attack Iran.
However, nothing is further from the truth. The minorities themselves have
spoken to this fact: "Christians and Zoroastrians leave because of unemployment,
the bad economy, but these problems affect all Iranians," said Yonathan Betkolia,
an Assyrian Christian leader and member of Iran's parliament who holds the
United States responsible for his community's decline. "They give all those
green cards to our people. Their only goal is to propagate the idea that Iran is
mistreating its minorities."[iv]
Who is providing this group
with such logistical support? Heilbrunn, a former neoconservative who is now
senior editor at the Nixon Center's journal, "The National Interest", asserts
that neoconservatism "is in a decisive respect a Jewish phenomenon," even if
many adherents -- albeit a minority -- are not Jewish. Moreover,
neoconservatives, both Jew and gentile, are bound by a "shared commitment to the
largest, most important Jewish cause: the survival of Israel." Let us hope, for
the sake of the British people, and others, that the good Lord Corbett of Castle
Vale will not be so easily misguided by unsavory groups in the future.
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