Left: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Right: Kurdish leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou. Arafat was assassinated by Israel. Ghassemlou was assassinated by the Islamic Republic.
People who are convinced they are holy and are driven by a divine mission commit the biggest crimes and tell the biggest lies. History has proven that over and over again.
An excerpt from, "Arafat’s Death – There’s Really No Mystery" by Alan Hart, November 8:
For once Israel is telling a part of the truth. It was impossible for any of its own (Israeli-Jewish) agents to get into the rubble of Arafat’s compound to administer the poison that killed him. But they didn’t need direct access. Israel’s role was to provide the radioactive polonium for one of its collaborators in Fatah’s leadership.Wikipedia:
I was convinced that Arafat was as good as dead before he died. What I mean is this.
I was watching live on television as Israel prepared to announce that it was going allow Arafat to leave by helicopter for Jordan and then on to a military hospital in Paris. Up to this moment Israel’s position was that if ever Arafat left Israel-Palestine, he would not be allowed to return.
The announcement that Israel was facilitating his departure was made by government spokesman Ranaan Gissin. One member of the assembled press corps asked him a question. “Will you allow Arafat to return?”
Gissin, who normally had to struggle to control the anger in his anti-Palestinian rhetoric and was often close to foaming at the mouth, responded with a big, warm and obviously false smile. Then he said: “Of course we’ll allow him to return. He’s the president of Palestine.”
I turned to my wife and said: “Gissin is only saying that because he and his masters know that Arafat will be coming back in a coffin.”
In 1988, after the war had ended, the Iranian government decided to meet with him. Several meetings followed in Vienna, on 28 December, 30 December and 20 January 1989. Another meeting was set up for 13 July, again in Vienna.An excerpt from, "Dr Ghassemlou: Twenty years of silence is enough" ekurd.net, July 11, 2009:
The Tehran delegation was as before, namely Mohammed Jafar Sahraroudi and Hadji Moustafawi, except that this time there was also a third member: Amir Mansur Bozorgian who was a bodyguard. The Kurds also had a three-man delegation: Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, his aide Abdullah Ghaderi Azar (member of the PDKI Central Committee) and Fadhil Rassoul, an Iraqi university professor who had acted as a mediator.
The next day, 13 July 1989, in the very room where the negotiation took place, Ghassemlou was killed by three bullets fired at very close range. His assistant Ghaderi Azar was hit by eleven bullets and Rassoul by five. Hadji Moustafawi succeeded in escaping. Mohammad Jafar Sahraroudi received minor injuries and was taken to hospital, questioned and allowed to go. Amir Mansur Bozorgian was released after 24 hours in police custody and took refuge in the Iranian Embassy.
The PDKI his deputy, Sadegh Sharafkandi, succeeded Ghassemlou as secretary general (he was assassinated on 17 September 1992). Abdullah Ghaderi Azar and Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou were buried on July 20 in Paris at Père Lachaise Cemetery.
20 years ago, on 13 July 1989, a legendary Kurdish leader and then the Secretary-general of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, Dr. Abdul-Rahman Ghassemlou and two of his associates were killed in an apartment in the outskirts of the Austrian capital Vienna where they were holding secret talks with envoys sent by then Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.An excerpt from, "Ahmadinejad and a Murder in Vienna: An Interview with 'Witness D'" by Georg Hoffmann-Ostenhof, World Politics Review, October 4, 2007:
In spite of credible evidence on the direct involvement of dispatched diplomat-terrorists of the Islamic regime in this tragedy, then the government of Austria sacrificed justice for her country’s political and commercial interests and allowed the three suspected accomplices who had taken refuge in the Iranian embassy after the 1989 killings to slip out of Austria without ever being questioned by the Austrian authorities.
Recently, new convincing evidences have surfaced on the Iranian regime’s involvement, above all Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,www.ekurd.net the current regime’s president in the 1989 execution-style attack obtained from the testimony given to the Italian police by a jailed German arms dealer, who said he had supplied Ahmadinejad with weapons in Vienna shortly before Abdul-Rahman Ghassemlou's assassination.
On July 13, 1989, a frantic getaway is taking place out front of an apartment house at 5 Linke Bahngasse in Vienna. In an article for the Austrian weekly Profil, the journalists Sibylle Hamann und Martin Staudinger reconstruct the scene:
A secret agent has been shot and he is dragged by two other men between two parked cars. He is bleeding from multiple wounds. A man on a motorcycle pulls up beside them. All four are members of an Iranian terror commando unit that has left behind a bloodbath in a two-room apartment on the fourth floor of the building and is now making its get-away. After a brief exchange of words, the man on the motorcycle steps on the gas, speeding away with one of the perpetrators.Three men lie dead in the apartment: Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, leader of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), and his two associates Abdullah Ghaderi Azar and Fadhil Rassoul. The three had been lured into an ambush under the pretense of conducting negotiations with representatives of the Iranian government.