Their forum opened in the Expo Centre, Paris, next to Charles De Gaulle Airport – for security reasons we were told.
I have to admit my surprise at the size of this convention, and recognised many important faces from western Europe and America, alongside ex-governors, former MPs, retired senators, and so on…
We all know that such personalities never pay a penny from their own pockets, but are invited, hosted and ticketed. Every single word they uttered had also been paid for well in advance. Because to them, such an occasion was a retirement outing!
Speeches were inflammatory, but without any speck of substance. Threats and warnings, but no pragmatic solutions. In fact they were almost convincing themselves that the Iran regime would collapse during the conference!
Yet leaders of the MEK seemed blissfully unaware that Iran’s people, although demonstrating against the regime across their country, had never mentioned the MEK as their representative.
The Paris gathering must have cost a few million dollars. Who Financed it? Everyone there was asking the same question.
I even heard one western participant saying: “What a political acrobatic circus!”
After three hours I left in frustration at listening to a barrage of empty rhetoric and hollow words. Two of their leading men noticed my departure, and the very next day rang me to arrange a meeting to explain their thoughts. This took place in my hotel over more than two-and-a-half hours.
I initially asked one important question. Where is Masood Rajavi (founder of the MEK)? Is he dead or alive? I had deliberately asked this to test their honesty and plausibility.
The shocking answer was “he is alive, but cannot appear in public because of assassination threats”.
We all know that after the invasion of Baghdad, Masood Rajavi disappeared. Since then no one has seen or heard anything of him.
In fact, during their annual gathering of 2016, July 22, while Mariam Rajavi praised her husband Masood as the leader of the organisation, a very, very distinguished Arab politician twice in his speech, mentioned the name of Masood Rajavi as the LATE leader of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, and precisely pronounced the word ‘marhoom’, clearly meaning ‘late’.
When Mariam Rajavi heard the word, her face shrank, but she did not comment. Because the word ‘marhoom’ is an expression of condolence in Arabic. Interestingly, the translator also ignored the word.
I mention this to suggest to readers that such suspicious hiding of facts does nothing to promote their goal. And from that moment I was convinced of the aimlessness of this discussion.