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
Mrs. Rajavi, ladies and gentlemen, before I begin I want to tell you that Mayor Giulliani was here at many of these gatherings….he could not be here today but asked me to tell you that his body may not be here but his heart and his mind are, and he will continue to fight for you as he has in the past.
We have been together many times before, always in times of crisis, although in some respect there was some improvement. MEK/PMOI was removed from the list of foreign terrorist organizations that should have never been on in the first place. And that marked the turning point.
Regrettably, the situation of 3000 residents of Ashraf later move to a camp ironically named Liberty is more stark than it has ever been. 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.
The other is President Obama. He too bears a major responsibility, the same kind of responsibility that Maliki has. He didn’t give any order and I am sure he is very sorry about what happened. And if he could simply wish it away, no doubt that he would. But he could have prevented it. And he has the power to make sure that it doesn’t happen again and we are here to make sure that he exercises that power.
Those acts were carried out by Iraqi soldiers using US equipment, weapons, vehicles, the videos of the attacks in 2009 and 2011 when US vehicles were used to run over the residents and US weapons were used to shoot and kill them. We saw in the films US tactics being used. Those men were trained by the US military. They carried their weapons and they shot their weapons in the way that US military is trained and trained others.
The evidence is overwhelming. Overwhelming about what appeared and overwhelming about what will appear in the report to the issue … that this was carried out by the Maliki government using US weapons.
Now, for Americans, and off course I speak as an American, the focus of every effort must be to make sure that the US government take up its responsibility both for what it can do and for what it has done. What it can do is to stop the persecution in two ways.
One, make it clear to the Maliki government that arms and support will be cut off if even one more person is hurt. We have the capacity and the means to do that.
The second is to do our part to lift those people out. We have the means and capacity to do it. Why should we do it? Of course it is the right thing to do. There was a time when that would have been enough to say that the US has the right thing to do and it would have been done. But if we have to advance other reasons, what are other reasons?
In 2003, a US major general signed a document that I am holding up guaranteeing the residents of Ashraf that if they disarm, they would be treated as protected person under the fourth Geneva Convention. That was reiterated in two page letter in 2004.
Three page letter signed by US major generals, protected persons. They were each interviewed by the FBI. They were given identity cards and I saw many of you hold them up, identity cards like this that they are protected persons under fourth Geneva Convention and telling them how to get in touch with US authorities if they needed help. That is why. The US is now in negotiations with the mullahs. I hold no great hope for those negotiations. But taking MEK members out of Iraq will forward the negotiations not impede them.
There are people in the US government that say well we are afraid if we act it might offend the Iranians. They might step back in the negotiations. Come on, wise up. If you take the MEK out, the Iranians will realize that they have to keep moving the curbs. They are going to stay ahead of it, if they have to do something and not simply engage in talks. If you engage in action, they will realize they have to engage in action. It will be a win-win. Whether the US says or not.
I am here to tell you that the American friends of the MEK, and that is not a formal organization just a name to be known by, are not going to falter and are not going to be silent. There used to be a time in my life when I thought that what we saw in that video that nature itself would get up and rebel and stop it from happening.
There was a terrible expression. A terrible expression in Hebrew that says that doesn’t happen. The expression describes what happened during the Holocaust. The sun shined and the killers killed. Sun didn’t go out, kept on shining and the killers killed. It is only human action that stops it. And if it is only our action that is going to stop it, we know that and we are going to take that action.
I have no desire to embarrass my government. But the only thing that I want less is my government to embarrass my country.
We and you will be heard.
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