|2005 Natl Convention for a Democratic, Secular Republic in Iran: Initial Impressions|
I'd first like to say thanks to my gracious hosts. The hospitality was wonderful.
I attended the 2005 National Convention for a Democratic, Secular Republic in Iran. The focus of the event was to advocate the removal of the "terrorist tag" from the NCRI (National Council of Resistance of Iran) and PMOI (People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran).
A number of journalists showed up and stayed through the testimonials of Capt Vivian Gembara and Lt Col Cantwell who both had experience with the NLA (National Liberation Army) inside of Iraq. Some of the more attentive of you may have noticed that the three of these websites I've linked to share the same address: http://www.iran-e-azad.org
There were a few Congresscritters who either spoke, sent their spokespeople to speak or who sent letters to be read aloud from the stage.
Over all I had a good time and found the people I interacted with to be most gracious and hospitable.
I spoke at length with Mr. Ali Safavi from Near East Policy Research Inc, who was kind enough to offer to share his research into several key points of Mojahedin's history. According to Mr. Safavi, the group was never Marxist, never committed any acts of terrorism, didn't kill American soldiers, and does not belong on the US's terrorist list.
After I listen more carefully to our conversations, and after I receive copies of the research into this subject that Mr. Safavi has done, I will post more details of Mr. Safavi's debunking of the main MEK myths.
Unfortunately, I did not stay for the entirety of the event. I left at about 8pm. As the night wore on, there was more music and fewer speakers, And more and more of the speeches were in Farsi, and thus, almost entirely indecipherable to your humble narrator.
Alireza Jafarzadeh said a number of intriguing things that I would like to double check for exact details. He said that Iran was in violation of the NPT, that Iran had neutron initiators, and that Iran has tried to buy three nuclear warheads from foreign countries. Unfortunately, I was unable to inteview Mr. Jafarzadeh to ask him the specifics of these things.