Massoud Rajavi and the Paranoia of Power
Self-delusion is most apparent in those politicians who least consider their
supporters and their people in the policies and strategies which they pursue.
These are the kind of leaders who do not see the fear in the faces of the people
under their autocracy. Rather they relate all such signs of disfavour to the
external enemy. When they do find their internal opponents standing opposed to
them, they become astonished and fail to analyse the situation realistically.
Self-delusion is the scourge of power that has no popular support. Self-delusion
is the illness of those who are unable to evaluate their power and do not
understand their true position in either the international or internal political
scene. This inability means there is always a vast divergence between the minds
of such politicians and real life. On the one hand they are arrogant of their
growing power, and on the other hand pass their lives in fear of their enemies;
and finally they become the victims of their own phobia. Their self-delusion
directs them to only refer to their self-created fantasy. Disaster occurs when
the realities of the outside world threaten to destroy their misinterpretation.
Massoud Rajavi, the leader of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organisation (MKO) of Iran,
is an example of an idealistic leader whose absolute power over his followers in
the organisation has both shattered his ideals and increased his self-delusion.
As Rajavi discovered his power over the organisation to be unlimited, he
distanced himself from the realities of life in both his sayings and in his
actions. To this end the picture of the social and political life of the people
of Iran today is totally different from what he sees or talks about. He is miles
away from today's world.
Massoud Rajavi is so certain about the outcome of the manipulation of the
members of his organisation with his ideas that he does not see the rows of
people tired of his "ideological revolution" and those who are trying to escape
the boundaries of Camp Ashraf in Iraq. He is, of course, not worried about the
increasing critics and opponents to his policies and ideas. According to his
so-called revolutionary criteria, those who leave him or turn against him are
traitors who will sooner or later destroy themselves by their own hands.
Rajavi is a charismatic leader who enjoys the natural supremacy of all such
leaders over his followers. He has managed to instil his own fear and paranoia
in the minds of his followers so that they are also unable to see the truth of
the outside world. Currently the world is deeply concerned about the outbreak of
further wars and conflict here and there, and people are working hard everywhere
to prevent this. But living in his own self-deluded world Massoud Rajavi is
strongly disturbed that there is no war and that the US does not quickly launch
a militarily attack on Iran.
Today Massoud Rajavi has gone into hiding and does not give public appearances -
apparently for reasons of security. But he is in fact living in his own dream
world of self-delusion and the nightmare of fear as all totalitarians of his
kind must do.