We had the chance and we should have taken it to look Maliki straight in the eye and say "look at here", that's one word. "Look at here, you turn over those captives hostages that are in possession of Iraq, you determine who committed this crime, you arrest those people, or there's no American money going to you Mr. Maliki."
Judge Ted Poe’s Speech in Conference: Iran’s nuclear Program, Rising Executions, Meddling in Iraq and Syria, The Camp Ashraf Massacre, Cannon Caucus Room, US House of Representatives Washington, DC, November 2013
Since signing the accord in early morning of Sunday, local time in Geneva, there has been much discussions about this agreement. President Obama and Secretary Kerry described it as a major achievement in the course of preventing the clerical regime from obtaining nuclear bomb, while others strongly criticized the Administration for leaving the regime's nuclear apparatus intact and making unnecessary concessions to the regime. Simultaneously, the Iranian regime claims that the world powers have recognized the right to enrich uranium for the clerical regime, while some within the system have gradually begun to call it a retreat from its previously held position.
From the moment that the attack took place at Camp Ashraf September 1st, there has been with all intensive purposes, within the confines of the United States State Department a determination not to impute any responsibility or obligation on the government of Iraq despite every ounce of evidence to the contrary.
We allowed a head of a country to visit our country just recently and ignore the fact that his troops have committed murder against unarmed refugees at Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty?
How could we have possibly let that gone by? I'd say all of us who really value our freedom have to make demands of our government and one of the demands is not to treat the mullah regime in Iran nor the regime under Mr. Maliki as a democratic government. That they should be treated for the gangsters that they are.
You say to the State Department, if they’re not there where are they? Who took them? Have you inquired of the 42 survivors what transpired in Ashraf? It’s an endless list of, frankly, misleading, disingenuous, pro-Iraqi for whatever reason, assurances that they had nothing to do with it.
The whole world knows we’re wrong, which tarnishes our credibility, in my judgment, even further. The fact is Maliki’s troops are responsible and have been involved for all 5 attacks, they know exactly where these people are, and yet, we claim that there is no reason to blame the Maliki government.
I think that the fate of the MeK has been tied in the minds of senior officials at the State Department too long to the issue of the nuclear weapons program by the regime in Iran today. In the view that, somehow or another, the nuclear weapons program can be negotiated out of existence and that the mindset of the ayatollahs in Tehran could be effected if the MeK were treated in a way that suited them, rather than suited the truth.
The State Department’s inability or unwillingness to talk about what actually happened at this attack on Camp Ashraf, is motivated in large part because of concern about somehow adversely affecting the negotiations with Iran that are going on in Geneva, as we speak today, about the nuclear weapons program.
There are reports and so much fanfare that today or tomorrow an agreement might be reached between the Iranian regime and 5+1. From what has appeared in the media Presidents Obama has already decided to make new concessions only to promote a failed approach with Tehran.
The WSJ report yesterday about secret negotiations with the mullahs and The Daily Beast revelation today that since long ago USG had started to ease sanction on Tehran, signal a dangerous and misguided policy
According to reliable sources Khamenei has authorized the negotiators to make as much conciliatory remarks as they want but the regime’s red lines must be strictly observed. Indeed the relines have been hardened. Accordingly, Tehran will not agree to completely halt enrichment let alone scraping its capability. No sign of reducing the number centrifuges. It will not be required to be transparent on its previous work and any other undeclared nuclear sites in any tangible manner. The regime will not also agree to shipment of all enriched uranium to outside Iran. And would not sign the additional protocol for snap inspection. The regime is of the view that anything short of these would be in their favor since it does not effectively prevent them from obtaining the bomb.
Press release, Strasbourg-Thursday 24 October
As long as international community keeps silent on the executions, the massacre in Ashraf, and atrocities of mullahs in Syria, mullahs shall not abandon their nuclear program.
- Through cutting off economic aid and weapons ties to Iraq, U.S., Europe and UN should compel Maliki to release the hostages and fulfill requirements for provision of security at Camp Liberty
- Responsibility for the lives of hostages and hunger strikers in Camp Liberty and various countries rests with the United States, the European Union and United Nations who have assumed inaction and silence
Edward Rendell Speaking in International Conference In Paris,
Call On International Community To Save Ashraf Hostages And Protect Camp Liberty
I come back to Paris today, with two emotions. One of shame and one of frustration. Shame because the US State Department enlisted myself and other Americans and prominent, attorney general, judges, FBI director, CIA directors, governors, heads of political parties, generals who served in Iraq and know MEK well, they enlisted all of us in order to persuade Madame Rajavi and by persuading her, persuading the people of Ashraf, to move to Camp Liberty.
Judge Michael Mukasey, 81st Attorney General of the United States Speaking in International Conference In Paris. Call On International Community To Save Ashraf Hostages And Protect Camp Liberty - Paris – 19 October 2013
52 people were killed on September 1st in Ashraf, others at Liberty, 7 hostages taken. And the two men most directly involved in this are short of the mean. One of them is Nouri al-Maliki who is responsible for these outrages. He wasn’t there, but make no mistake, this could not have happened without his order. And of course he was acting as a puppet that suit the mullahs in Iran at the direction of the Iranian government. He is responsible.
Linda Chavez, former White House Director of Public Liaison, Speaking in International Conference In Paris. Call On International Community To Save Ashraf Hostages And Protect Camp Liberty - Paris – 19 October 2013
We must see that the US government, our State Department and our White House hold the government of Iraq responsible for what happened. It is not possible that troops could have come in and gone by the hundreds of Iraqis who were there in military forces in Camp Ashraf for the slaughter that has taken place on September 1st. It is not possible that the Iraqi government was not at the very least complicit in that action.
The United States and United Nations must take urgent action to secure the release of seven hostages taken captive during the massacre at Camp Ashraf, Iranian Resistance president-elect Maryam Rajavi has demanded.
The UN must also provide a permanent Blue Helmet force at Camp Liberty to protect Iranian dissidents in Iraq from further deadly attacks, Mrs Rajavi told an international symposium at the UN headquarters in Geneva on Thursday September 19.