Archbishop Desmond Tutu called today for George W. Bush and Tony Blair to be tried in the Hague for their alleged deceptions and stating that this has only strengthened the position of godfather of international terrorism - Iran's rulers.
Baroness Turner's article sheds more light on the situation. It is a disgrace that the Barack Obama administration is doing nothing to stop Iraq from doing Tehran's bidding in the region. European leaders must take a leading role there before it is too late. After all, Iran and its terrorists are much closer to Europe than the US.
Arash - Berlin
This is an excellent article by Lady Turner. Thank you.
mir mohammadi - London
Completely right, the EU and US should support the Iranian Resistance and the Iranian people's decades-long struggle for democratic change in Iran - at the expense of the ruling religious dictatorship. Those in Camp Ashraf, MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran are the best hope for mobilising the popular dissatisfaction in Iran with the mullahs and to target that anger into genuine and coherent social disobedience - and a civic struggle to bring down the Iranian regime, which everybody agrees will be a huge benefit for the world and peace among nations.
juergista - Stockholm, Sweden
A new 'axis of evil' - what shame for the Barack Obama and David Cameron administrations for handing over Iraq to Iranians and wasting the blood of a lot of British and US soldiers. I don't know what kind of hold on western governments these Mullahs in Iran have, which means they can not even let the opposition goes free because of them. Thank you, Baroness Turner. A very well written article indeed.
Ahmed - London
It does not surprise me that Iraq is doing Iran's dirty work. The evil regimes in the Middle East, that is Iraq, Iran and Syria must be overturned if there is ever to be any peace. It is upsetting that millions of innocent Iraqis have been killed in the war in Iraq only to allow such a regime to take power in that country. Our governments in the west must get their priorities in order so that stability can come to the people in that part of the world.
Amy Scott - London
The Iraqi government murdered nearly 50 unarmed residents and injured hundreds in Camp Ashraf and continuously infringes the human rights of Camp Ashraf and Liberty residents . They are using this terrorist tag to carry out barbaric behaviour. Secretary Clinton's decision to remove MEK from the terrorist list will help to stop these inhuman acts.
Hassan - London
Thank you very much for your brilliant article, once again we are seeing the appeasement policy working.
Ali - Sheffield, UK
"But now we have a government that is totally beholden to the mullahs in Iran." Muriel Turner seems to lack knowledge on Iran. "The mullahs in Iran" are no longer the ones who rule the country. The Revolutionary Guards are much more powerful today. Even Hilary Clinton said at least one year ago that the regime is moving toward a military dictatorship.
How can the author talk about a new "axis of Evil" between Iraq and Iran while supporting a terrorist organisation, whose leader Rajavi kissed Saddam Hussein in the 1980s? I am disapointed to see that Mojehedin-e Kharq's supporter can publish to push for this cult organisation to be delisted so easily.
All my relatives in Iran who hate the regime and were part of the Green movement correctly believe that MeK is worse than IRI. It's obvious that the power of money is above all.
Iraq is Iran's neighbour, it's normal that they want to cooperate. It's not a black and white situation but many people don't look at the complexity of the situation and talk about the issue with ideology and short expressions such as "the regime of the mullahs".
First, Ahmadinejad is not a mullah. Second, there is a power struggle in Iran and it's irrelevant to talk about a regime since there is no unity. Such expressions are good for popular media, but not for professionals.
Thank you for an excellent article Baroness Turner. The Arab spring has shown how powerful popular movements can be and this is why Iran has gone to such lengths to try to destroy Ashraf. The world should take this into consideration when dealing with such oppressive regimes.
Peter Dyer - Cambridge
This "article" is nothing more than shameless lobbying on behalf of the the People's Mujahedin of Iran, a former terrorist sect. Far from have been "living in peace in Iraq for a quarter century", it coordinated assassinations and attacks of both Iranian and western targets until 2001. To claim that is has "never been a terrorist organisation" is palpably untrue - it has expressly admitted responsibility for a number of horrendous crimes, aimed at both civilian and military targets.
The title of the piece alone is grossly misleading, as it offers no serious analysis of relations between Iran and Iraq. It is self-evident that deposing Saddam Hussein's Sunni minority regime and installing a majority Shiite democracy would lead to closer ties between Iraq and its neighbour Iran, the only other Shiite majority state in the region, for better or for worse.
There is no absolutely evidence to substantiate Baroness Turner's claims that Iraq is permitting Iran to fly over Iraqi airspace to ferry supplies to Syria. Contrary to Baroness Turner's claims, the UN has confirmed that all of the groups' basic humanitarian needs are being met at Camp Liberty. Careful measures have been put in place to ensure they have full access to electricity, running water and sewage facilities, which is more than can be said for the average Iraqi.
Moreover, consistent with its commitments to both the Iraqi government and the PMOI, the UN immediately began the refugee status determination process for those members who agreed to relocate from Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty. This process will be indefinite, however, as long as no third country steps forward to receive members of the group (none of whom are "recognised asylum seekers" as Baroness Turner claims) - and no one has yet done so.
Baroness Turner's quotation of Thomas Paine similarly rings hollow.
The PMOI enjoys no significant support in Iran, primarily because of its previous acts of violence against the Iranian people. By serving as the mouthpiece for the PMOI, Baroness Turner is bringing her own reputation into disrepute and betrays an extremely naive understanding of the situation to put it kindly.
Edward - Stockton