Scott Horton Interviews Trita Parsi

Scott Horton, August 08, 2011

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Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, discusses the Mujahideen-e Khalq’s tendency to accuse their critics of working for the Iranian government; how constant US belligerence and the MEK’s violent radicalism serve as useful foils for the Iranian regime – discrediting dissidents and keeping the people in fear; how violent coups beget radical authoritarian governments, while nonviolent methods often deliver democratic results; the many former US officials now employed as well-paid lobbyists, working toward the MEK’s de-listing from the State Department’s terrorist group list; the implausibility of a Hamas, al-Qaeda or Hezbollah fundraising and lobbying event on Capitol Hill (though they share the same terrorist designation as the Congress-friendly MEK); and MEK’s loyal service to Saddam Hussein, helping put down the 1991 uprisings and acting as his shock troops throughout the 1990s.

MP3 here. (24:53)

Dr. Trita Parsi is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States, recipient of the Council on Foreign Relation’s 2008 Arthur Ross Silver Medallion and the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

He wrote his Doctoral thesis on Israeli-Iranian relations under Professor Francis Fukuyama (and Drs. Zbigniew Brzezinski, R. K. Ramazani, Jakub Grygiel, Charles Doran) at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies while heading the largest Iranian-American organization in the US, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).

16 Responses to “Trita Parsi”

  1. Good interview!

  2. Great initiative to have a MEK themed week!
    These guys are terrorists, communists and a cult. They are an extention of Mossad and their irresponsible actions only threaten to drag USA into a war with Iran. They engage in brutal attacks against civilians, and have no popular support.

    Iranians hate them even more than any other group after their treason during the Iran-Iraq war. They do NOT represent iranian opposition, and removing them from the terror list is a very serious provocation and a declaration of proxy war. MEK are a bunch of old warmongering cultists that need to be stomped out by any means necessary

  3. The MEK also has its base in Paris. Scott, I suggest you talk with Eric Margolis to see if he knows any Gendarmes. When i was in paris in 08, some of the gendarmes told me the MEK folks lived in a certain part of paris and were always a problem.

    i remember when i was on Ashraf, and one of my buddies asked the MEK LNO to the MP unit there:

    "If the govt of iran were to cede to all of your demands…would you disband?"

    the MEK LNO just sat there dumbfounded…and said no.

  4. As an American who has worked on Capital Hill for several years, I am appalled that another American would interview an Iranian lobbyist. While our soldiers are being killed in Afghanistan and Iraq due to Iranian fundamentalism, Horton brings a pro-Mullah figure like Trita Parsi. Horton, what do you think you're accomplishing? Whether you like the MEK or not, you are NOT siding with the millions of Iranians that believe NIAC is a front organization for the Iranian regime. Parsi mentions the "green movement" a lot but forgets to mention that a prominent representative of the green movement, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, said that NIAC does not represent the "green movement" and is a mouthpiece for the Iranian regime.

    Parsi, the evidence is there, you are a lobbyist. Fortunately, your attempt to silence an Iranian-American from revealing your disgusting ties backfired and led to all the revelations.

    The US government allows for Iranian-Americans to support the MEK because the designation was a good-will gesture to former "green" president, Mohammad Khatami. Parsi fears the MEK delisting because of the ramifications it will have for his pro-Mullah organization. He can no longer run around the halls of Congress asking for the US to bomb unarmed Iranian civilians in Iraq, like he did in 2002.

    Horton, if you consider yourself patriotic or American, bring Parsi and ask him about his relationship with Iranian officials.

    BTW, the "Kurdish official" you mention is the current Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs for Iraq that dismissed Tehran's claims that Parsi tries to sell Washington.

  5. Hey Zionist, hows your stock market goin in tel aviv huh? Dont come here and think your propoganda is going to be bought go back to main stream media where your ratings are falling through the floor. More and more the sheeple are turning away from your junk food and looking for real alternatives. While you cant see the forest for the trees.

  6. “As an American who has worked on Capital Hill for several years, I am appalled that another American would interview an Iranian lobbyist.”

    As an American who has worked on Capital Hill for several years, I am appalled that such a liar and Zionist shill doesn’t realize that the US government has not been able to produce a shred of evidence that any American has dies in Iraq at the hands of Iran.

  7. Apparently Sam is not the least bit appalled that 4000 Americans were sent to Iraq for a war based on lies, to dies for Israel.

    I have a hunch that Sam aka Anerican who has worked in Washington, is probably Michael Oren.

  8. Sam (aka Micahel Oren),

    had you spent any time on Capital Hill, you;d know there is zero evidence to support the claim that Iran have had anything to do with killing our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, though 4000 Americans were sent there to die for a war based on lies for Israel's benefit.

    "Whether you like the MEK or not, you are NOT siding with the millions of Iranians that believe NIAC is a front organization for the Iranian regime."

    Why would a front organization for the Iranian regime be pushing for war with Iran?

    "Mohsen Makhmalbaf, said that NIAC does not represent the "green movement" and is a mouthpiece for the Iranian regime."

    Parsi made no suggestion that the NIAC represent the "green movement".

    "The US government allows for Iranian-Americans to support the MEK because the designation was a good-will gesture to former "green" president, Mohammad Khatami."

    Khatami is an opponment and critic of the MEK, so how would support for the MEK be consideed a a good-will gesture to Katami?

    "Parsi, the evidence is there, you are a lobbyist. "

    Please point to the evidence Sam. Having worked on Capital Hill for several years, you surely must have it handy.

    "Parsi fears the MEK delisting because of the ramifications it will have for his pro-Mullah organization. "

    Israel would similarly fears having Hamas or Hebollah delisted. Tehran would similalrly fear seeing Al Qaeda delisted, as woudl most Amercans.

    Stupid argument that one.

    "He can no longer run around the halls of Congress asking for the US to bomb unarmed Iranian civilians in Iraq, like he did in 2002. "

    They weren't unarmed Iranian civilians, they were unarmed terrorists, who were being protected by the US.

  9. I find your credentials unconvincing. You don't get a job on Capitol Hill if you can't spell "Capitol Hill". ("Capital Hill" as you put it is the location of the Australian Parliament in Canberra).

  10. Congratulations Scott!
    You are on Ahmaninejad’s special wire!! : http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=90051

    Well done! This is a well-deserved achievement for all the good services you have been providing them these days. It’s just a shame you do it for free…. others have earned 80.000 for much less than that: http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/07/05/

  11. You could ask your guests : Trita and Shawn to tell you how to make money of it. They (NIAC) don't hide recieving $400.000 grants from Iran regime front compaines. http://www.niacouncil.org/site/News2?page=NewsArt

    Good luck, and please keep up to good work!

  12. I sincerely doubt that Trita Parsi is secretly working for 'the mullahs'. These accusations sound bogus to me.

  13. The hasbara forum troll model is being used by the MEK supporters, albeit with far less aptitude.

  14. The whole show by Trita Parsi and friends can be explained by one word: Ashraf.(i.e. Camp Ashraf in Iraq).

    MEK are the most heinous, deranged terrorist group in the world. Much, much worse than Al-Qaede. At least Al-Qaeda is loyal to its Saudi Arabian Wahabi Salafi base. MEK on the other hand, is a sworn enemy of Iran. They are scary. The scariest. Obama, did not close Guantanamo and did not transfer the detainees there to America to be tried and punished. It was argued that they were too dangerous to be accepted on the American soil. And Obama, finally accepted the argument.

    Trita Parsi and all those that have signed the open letter condemning MEK are established, on the dole stooges of the American state department. It is not that America will not remove MEK from the terrorist list. It will eventually. Remember, MEK is not on the terrorist list, because it has killed 12,000 Iranians including a president, a prime minister, the head of judiciary, four grand ayatollahs. It is because MEK assassinated four Americans during Shah's regime some 35 years ago. But the services that it provided the so called green movement on the streets of Tehran after the last presidential election, has endeared it to America to the point that America just cannot keep the distance anymore. However, no matter how vicious MEK is towards anything Iranian, it still made up of the most rootless, vicious, brainwashed murderers in the world. MEK's staunchest supporter, France and other admirers of MEK in Europe like UK, Netherlands and others have made it clear that they will not accept not a single MEK member from Ashraf. Come the end of the year, the only country that will have to take them in is America. However, there is the problem of terrorist designation of MEK. Not that America will not remove MEK from the terrorist list. It will. It is the implemented policy of America to support all terrorist groups that will terrorize its adversaries. However, Trita Parsi and friends will give America time to postpone the removal of MEK from the list after the end of the year, when Camp Ashraf will be closed and MEK assassins evicted from Iraq. Then Europe will have to accept them. And America can enjoy the services of rabid dogs of Massoud and Maryam Rajavi from a distance. Of course the neocons do not mind having three thousand well trained assassins who will do absolutely anything they are ordered to, at their service on the American soil. But that is another story.

  15. NIAC = Islamic Republic

    PMOI / MEK is not a terrorist organization, as was said by the British and
    European high courts total of seven times, by the U.S. court of justice
    last year and recently by the French court in June 2011 which denied all
    charges of terrorism about this organization.

    How many time will US appease the dictatorship in Tehran !?
    MEK in the FTO List = Appeasement with iranian regime, help iranian regime !!!!!!
    MEK off the FTO List = a Big hope for democracy in Iran !!!!

    Thanks for this article !

  16. "NIAC = Islamic Republic "

    Rubbish. The NIAC havign nothign to do with Tehran.

    Yes, the MEK is a terrorist organization, and they are a cult, which makes them even more dangerous. The MEK even admitetd to terrorism, though they claim to have denounced it in 2001, even though they commited 350 acts of terror that same year.

    >>How many time will US appease the dictatorship in Tehran !?

    The US has always appeased dictatorships through the Middle East, not the least fo which was the Shah.

    The MEK don't care about democracy, they are a lunatic cult. They are hated universally in Iran, so they have no chance of achiecing any influence in Iran via democratic elections.

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