Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Meet 'The Butcher'
Tablet has an interesting piece on Ebrahim Raisi, the man likely to succeed Ali Khamenei as the next supreme leader of Iran.
Meet ‘The Butcher,’ Iran’s New President Ebrahim Raisi
In picking a mass murderer as his potential successor, Iran’s supreme leader hopes to make the United States a willing partner in the repression of his country’s people.
It highlights how damaging a weak US president is likely to be. Which we knew, but it is worth reminding ourselves.
Khamenei knows the fury of people in Iran and the region has been fueled in great part by the crippling sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, which President Biden may soon undo—but also by the administration’s truth-telling about the brutality and corruption of regime officials. The highest humiliation for the world’s most anti-American regime, however, was the assassination of Khamenei’s favorite and most powerful loyalist, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Qassem Soleimani.