Biden Admin Issues Statement After Iranian President’s Death

May 20, 2024

Many are shocked over how many in the West and the United Nations have responded to the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

The United Nations held a moment of silence to mourn the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash over the weekend. Raisi, known as the “butcher of Tehran,” was responsible for numerous atrocities during his career. The U.N. Security Council’s moment of silence was intended to honor the lives lost in the crash, including Raisi.

But at this point, one sort of expects that behavior.

United States Ambassador Robert Wood, a Biden nominee, joined in the moment of silence. This action sparked controversy because Raisi’s government has been known for its anti-American sentiments.

He should have sat down, pulled out a beer, and started drinking it right there.

Raisi’s track record is filled with brutality. Before becoming president of Iran, he was involved in several human rights abuses. From 1985 to 1988, Raisi served as the deputy prosecutor general of Tehran. During this time, he was part of a “Death Commission” that decided the fate of thousands of political dissidents. Prisoners were given short interviews to determine their loyalty to the Islamic Republic. Wrong answers often led to immediate execution by hanging or firing squad. The executions were swift, and families were not notified for months. Burials took place in unmarked mass graves, and public mourning was prohibited.

Raisi’s brutal actions did not stop there. He later held positions as deputy chief justice, attorney general, and chief justice. In these roles, he oversaw the prosecution, imprisonment, torture, and execution of countless detainees. Despite his bloody history, Raisi defended the 1988 executions, calling them a “proud achievement of the system” in 2018.

In response to Raisi’s death, the Biden administration’s State Department issued an official statement of condolences. The statement expressed sympathy for the loss of Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, and other members of their delegation in the crash. It also reaffirmed support for the Iranian people and their struggle for human rights and fundamental freedoms as Iran selects a new president.

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