March 28, 2017

New calls for US to save Iranians in Camp Liberty

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman on Tuesday said the United States broke its word in Iraq and said America is now responsible for the humanitarian crisis that Iranian opposition members in Camp Liberty are facing Iraq. Click here to watch the report Senator Lieberman said on Fox News “No matter what you think about what’s happening in Iraq, what’s happening in Iran, America broke its word here and we can’t let that happen”. The Iranian opposition members “were there, in Iraq, and we said to them, ‘Put down your arms, give us your weapons, we will protect you,’ and we did protect them for a period of time,” Lieberman said. “But then as we began to pull out of Iraq in 2009…we promised … [Read more...]

Democratic leaders join GOP in condemning Obama’s breaking promises to MEK

Breitbart.com By Ken Klukowski America’s credibility in the world is at risk due to President Barack Obama’s failure to keep U.S. commitments to protect Iranian dissidents, a distinguished bipartisan group of top foreign policy and military leaders declared in a letter to the White House. Camp Liberty is a facility in Iraq where 3,000 men and women of Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) have been kept since 2011. They were initially held in 2004 at a separate location, where the MEK was assured that if they surrendered their weapons and signed statements renouncing violence, the U.S. would protect them. Then in 2011 Obama’s envoy, Ambassador Daniel Fried, pledged U.S. staff would check on them … [Read more...]

Mr. President: Keep Your Promises to Camp Liberty!

THE CHRISTIAN POST By Ken Blackwell, CP Op-Ed Contributor One hundred years ago this summer, the German Chancellor reacted with shock and dismay when the British ambassador brought him news of his country's declaration of war. Germany had invaded Belgium, a country whose independence Germany had pledged by treaty to respect. The Chancellor was distraught. He said he could not believe Britain would go to war over "a scrap of paper." Americans this summer are not so much war weary as war wary. We certainly do not want any further entanglements in the Mideast. But we do know that great countries keep their word. If they don't keep their word, they cease to be great countries. Our … [Read more...]

Fighting for Freedom in Iran

NATIONAL REVIEW Far from being a “terrorist” group, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran is a key American ally. By Mona Charen Paris — An estimated 50,000 Iranian exiles and supporters from Europe and North America are here to remind the world that no cooperation with the brutal, expansionist regime in Tehran can possibly advance Western interests. This annual gathering of MeK (People’s Mujahedin of Iran), an Iranian resistance group, was already scheduled. But it might have been called just to rebut Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments about possible cooperation between the U.S. and Iran in Iraq. “I think we need to go step by step,” Kerry mused, “and see what, in fact, might be … [Read more...]

Temptation of Wishful Thinking on Iran

TownHall.COM By MONA CHAREN PARIS -- An estimated 50,000 Iranian exiles and supporters from Europe and North America are here to remind the world that no cooperation with the brutal, expansionist regime in Tehran can possibly advance Western interests. This annual gathering of MeK (People's Mujahedin of Iran), an Iranian resistance group, was already scheduled. But it might have been called just to rebut Secretary of State John Kerry's comments about possible cooperation between the U.S. and Iran in Iraq. "I think we need to go step by step," Kerry mused, "and see what, in fact, might be a reality, but I wouldn't rule out anything that would be constructive to providing real … [Read more...]

Washington’s strategic mistake in Iraq: Abandoning Iran’s exiled opposition

History News Network By Walid Phares   It has already been established, including in my recently published book The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid, that Washington has undertaken two global mistakes in its regional policies. One was the partnership with the Muslim Brotherhood and its backers in the Arab world, a policy that caused a major popular uprising in Egypt against the Ikhwan regime – and the rise of a block of moderate Arab governments in the Gulf and beyond in opposition to the Brotherhood’s power. The other global U.S. foreign policy mistake was the deal struck between the Obama administration and the Iranian regime based on the … [Read more...]

Dictators need no excuses to crack down on dissent

The Hill By Mauricio Claver-Carone   “Don’t give them an excuse to crack down on dissent,” is a favorite sophism spread among foreign-policy elites, lazy bureaucrats and big-chair academics. Dictators love it.  Why? Because as soon as it’s uttered, it shifts blame, immunizes them and effectively silences freedom’s advocates, even in the face of egregious violations of human rights and crimes against humanity. Opponents of U.S. policy toward Cuba have seized “Don’t give them an excuse to crack down…” to fuel their attack on a USAID program that introduced and cultivated Twitter-style communications. Officially known as "Zunzuneo" (Cuban slang for hummingbird), the U.S.-funded … [Read more...]

Alan Dershowitz: US must force Iraq to stop abusing Iranians dissidents in Camp Liberty

NCRI - The United States Senate must use its power to force Iraq to stop mistreating the Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty, prominent American lawyer Alan Dershowitz has told a meeting in Washington DC. The US was also to blame for exposing the camp's residents to 'violence, death and injury', and for failing to prevent the massacre of 52 refugees in Camp Ashraf in September last year, he told a gathering at the US Senate. Mr Dershowitz said: "Don’t wait for the courts, don’t wait for the White House, you are an independent branch of our government, you have the power to condition continuing aid to Iraq on making them behave like civilized people towards this group of brave … [Read more...]

Supporters of a free Iran demand U.S. honor promises

THE WASHINGTON TIMES By James Morrison American supporters of a free Iran are demanding that President Obama honor U.S. promises to provide political refuge to Iranian dissidents crowded into a relocation camp in Iraq where they face daily threats against their lives. The 3,400 dissidents who made up the armed wing of the National Council of Resistance of Iran surrendered their weapons to U.S. forces after the 2003 invasion of Iraq in exchange for U.S. guarantees to protect them and relocate them to the United States or other Western nations. But all they got were “empty words, tragically flawed and broken promises,” Tom Ridge, a former secretary of Homeland Security, told a … [Read more...]

America Must Keep Her Word on Iran

THE ROLL CALL By Rudy Giuliani When Americans say we are going to do something, we do it. When we make a promise, we keep it. Our word is our bond. Usually. Sadly, that is not the case right now regarding a group of Iranian dissidents in Iraq who are living in an extermination camp under constant threat of attack. Indeed, not only has the U.S. failed to keep its word regarding the dissidents’ safety, but so has the United Nations. The abandonment of pledges by the U.S. and U.N. is a clear breach of faith. These people run the risk of being slaughtered for the sake of a questionable nuclear agreement with Iran. The only real way to assure that Iran does not achieve nuclear … [Read more...]