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Biden Admin, UN Express Sorrow that Oppressive Iranian Pres. Died

Why are progressive leaders mourning the death of the Iranian president, a person who was infamous for his oppressive rule?

In a move that has raised eyebrows across the political spectrum, the Biden administration extended its condolences following the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, known infamously as the “Butcher of Tehran.” Raisi perished in a helicopter crash along with several regime officials—a group notorious for their oppressive reign over the Iranian people.

The State Department spokesman, Matthew Miller, stated, “The United States expresses its official condolences for the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, and other members of their delegation in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran.” He added, “As Iran selects a new president, we reaffirm our support for the Iranian people and their struggle for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

To add insult to injury, it was downright shameful for the United Nations to observe a moment of silence for Raisi, further blurring the lines between honoring diplomacy and endorsing tyranny. Such actions do not merely strain credulity; they outright trample it. By aligning in mourning for a tyrant, international bodies and the U.S. inadvertently lend legitimacy to his brutal legacy. This is not just a diplomatic misstep; it is a grievous moral failure that undermines the West’s credibility in championing human rights and freedom worldwide.

Raisi’s Presidency Should Not Be Mourned

Raisi, whose presidency was marked by both aggressive foreign policies that exacerbated tensions with the West and draconian domestic policies that brutally suppressed any form of dissent within Iran, was deeply unpopular among his own people. The State Department’s expression of sympathy over his death strikes a dissonant chord, especially considering Raisi’s dark legacy, which includes a stint on a “death commission” in 1988 that ordered the mass execution of thousands of political prisoners. In addition, Raisi, continued to be a significant backer of terrorist organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthis, actively destabilizing the region and targeting U.S., Israeli, and Western interests.

Miller’s statement, diplomatically routine as it may be, sends a profoundly mixed message that should concern any clear-minded observer. On one hand, the U.S. proclaims its dedication to the human rights of the Iranian people. Yet, in the same breath, it mourns the passing of a man whose regime was anathema to those very principles. Ebrahim Raisi’s leadership was marked by extrajudicial killings, rampant torture, and the crushing of political and religious freedoms—not to mention his regime’s active role in global terrorism.

Such actions not only compromise the moral authority of the West but also send confusing signals to allies and adversaries alike, emphasizing the need for a foreign policy that unequivocally supports democratic values and human dignity.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.