US-Supported Opposition Group Admits to Fomenting Riots Across Iran

Maryam Rajavi, the leader of Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), recently admitted to coordinating the riots that have rocked Iran since the middle of September. 

The Tasnim news agency reported on this development on December 8, 2022 and used Rajavi’s official website as its primary reference point. 

“This movement [riots] was well-organized by the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) with the use of rebel centers,” Tasnim cited Rajavi in a quote. “[We consider] the National Council of Resistance of Iran [established by us] as an alternative to the current regime,” she stated. Rajavi’s comments were deleted from her website a few hours later.

Rajavi used to call herself “president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.”

The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) previously covered how Rajavi announced “a presidential bid for the transition period” on social media. The news agency blamed Rajavi and her husband, Massoud, for the deaths of 17,000 innocent Iranians.

Massoud Rajavi founded the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran. In the 1980s, this organization, which the Iranian state has designated as a terrorist organization, has clashed with the Islamic Republic of Iran and instigated terrorist attacks. Throughout its history, the group moved to France and the United State — the latter being one of its strongest proponents. 

When Saddam Hussein was in power in Iraq, the organization was active in Iraqi territory and sided with the Iraqis in their war (1980-1988) against Iran. The group’s explicit goal is to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

The Iranian protests kicked off after the funeral of a young woman, Mahsa Amini on September 16. Per the Iranian government’s report of the incident, law enforcement detained Amini for improperly wearing a hijab. 

When Amini was interrogated, she allegedly suffered a heart attack that resulted in her death. However, groups like the MKO took advantage of this incident and spun it as a case of police brutality, which galvanized large sectors of Iranian society. 

External actors like the US took advantage of the unrest and have done everything possible to destabilize Iran. Thus far, the Iranian government remains in a solid position, but the threat of foreign interference is still real. 

Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the US Deep State has made regime change a goal of its grand strategy against Iran. From the sanctions it imposes to the covert actions it carries out, the US Deep State is constantly trying to destabilize Iran.

Some pro-Zionist factions of the the national security uniparty want to topple Iran altogether via military force. Regardless of what one thinks about the Iranian government, trying to destabilize it, much less invade it, is not in America’s interest. It will only result in an even larger geopolitical quagmire than the previous one in Iraq and it could turn into a nasty, protracted struggle as Iran’s strategic partners China and Russia will likely pour military gear and financial aid into the country. 

All in all, conflict with Iran is something the US should avoid at all costs.

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