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BBC Monitoring Service
Jun 2, 2001

Text of article by Mohammad Nurizad entiteld "Trumpets", published by Iranian newspaper Kayhan on 21 May

I am not saying Ali Afshari's confessions announced the decline of the Office for FosteringUnity [OFU]. That trump was sounded long ago, on the day the OFU set aside its loyalty to the Imam, the revolution, and the battle against American and Israeli imperialism, and devoted itself slavishly to the ideas and policies of the Freedom Movement. The trump of the OFU 's decline sounded on the day it put forward its unorthodox version of what happened on 13 Aban [4 November 1979], and broke away from the public. Nevertheless, the OFU tried to restore its tattered dignity yesterday by issuing a declaration attributing 'Ali Afshari's confessions to another source, and lavishing praise on the Imam and the revolution, in an effort to imply that the OFU still has some credibility and standing with the people. But can a totally passive and sweetly worded declaration make up for the fiery mountains of strong words and incendiary provocation the OFU has been putting out during the past four years? Is such a declaration enough to make us forget the past, and say, "Yes, you are quite right"? Can we really turn a blind eye to all the sensational controversies the OFU created, and all the abusive letters and allegations they put out, and believe in the fine purity of their motives?

When I say the OFU is in decline, I am not just talking about this "shadow cabinet" made up of the student branch of the Freedom Movement. What I want to point out is that there is no difference between 'Ali Afshari and the hosts of people who have said precisely the same things, and taken the same positions he has, and beckoned in welcome to foreign powers. There are many people who believe in the Freedom Movement just as earnestly as Afshari did. Is Ali Afshari really any guiltier than, say, the former deputy culture and Islamic guidance minister, who literally paved the way for all sorts of major vices and acts of corruption against the regime? 'Ali Afshari was an immature and over-hasty political newcomer, raised on the knees of this crowd, and fed on their ideas and policies. This longing for "connections" and relations with foreigners is nothing new, or particular to the OFU .

I say with certainty that the subversion conspiracy was a scenario designed by the American CIA, and written with several aspects and dimensions, each one of them to be carried out by a certain gang or circle inside and outside the country. We would have to be very over-optimistic to say that these elements simply happened to say and do things that coincidentally served the interests of the CIA, without having been aware of the CIA's plots, or without having been directly hired and commissioned by them, with specific missions and for specific fees. Can we really be so blind as to not recognize the thread of sinister mischief that was woven by the (now closed) independent newspapers, in the shape of defamation and slander against everyone and every power except for America, Israel, and their cronies and puppets? Anyway, Ali Afshari and his long, detailed confession are only a tiny link in a huge chain that, if followed, will lead us to the footprints of many deceptively disguised infiltrators. Afshari's voice echoed the sound of that same trumpet that was blown long ago. How much would we have had to pay to make such hidden, disguised conspirators come out and reveal their ugly faces openly before all? This is another of the blessings brought upon us by the auspicious 2nd Khordad!

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