Who is Iranian President Raisi? A terror master who oversaw mass execution of between 5,000 and 30,000 Iranians
Here are more reasons why President Biden should have denied Raisi a visa to speak at UN, or arrested him when he landed
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by Joel C. Rosenberg | September 21, 2022
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran, June 26, 2022. (Photo: President Website/WANA /Handout via REUTERS)
What exactly does U.S. President Joe Biden not understand about Iran’s terrorist leaders?
Why did Biden so strongly support former President Barack Obama giving upwards of $150 billion in sanctions relief to the Iranian regime in 2015 in return for a nuclear deal that did not require Tehran to dismantle must less destroy its illegal nuclear program?
Why did Biden enthusiastically stand by the deal when everyone knew that the Iranian leadership couldn’t be trusted, had a history of cheating on nuclear agreements, were certain to cheaton this new one, and were certain to use that new funding to support anti-American, anti-Israel, and anti-Arab terrorist groups, from Hezbollah to Hamas to the Houthis (which, in fact, is exactly what happened)?
Why hasn’t Biden learned any lessons about Iranian intentions since then – especially when the Mossad stole Iran’s nuclear archives in 2018 and proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that Tehran has been actively developing plans to build nuclear weapons and thus has been lying that nuclear weapons are forbidden by their Supreme Leader? (In fact, earlier this year, an Iranian Grand Ayatollah actually admitted that there is no real fatwa banning the development of nuclear weapons in his country.)
He was placed on the sanctions list in 2019 as one of nine Iranian officials who has “acted for or on behalf of, Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime’s unelected Supreme Leader whose office is responsible for advancing Iran’s radical agenda,” stated the Treasury Department.
It further noted that Raisi is one of “Khamenei’s military and foreign affairs advisors who have for decades oppressed the Iranian people, exported terrorism, and advanced destabilizing policies around the world.”
For starters, Raisi is alleged to have overseen the mass execution of between 5,000 and 30,000 Iranian citizens, dissidents and political opponents of the Iranian regime back in 1988.
“According to a United Nations report, Iran’s Judiciary sanctioned the execution of seven child offenders last year, and two so far in 2019, despite human rights law prohibitions against the death penalty for anyone under age 18,” the Treasury Department stated. “There are at least 90 child offenders currently on death row in Iran. In addition, between September 2018 and July 2019, at least eight prominent lawyers were arrested for defending political prisoners and human rights defenders, many of whom have received lengthy sentences by Iran’s Judiciary.”
RAISI HELPED CRUSH PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTERS IN 2009
“In addition to his notorious role in the 1988 massacre, he [Raisi] is known as a key player in repressionof the Green Movement in 2009,” notedthe U.S. Institute of Peace. “As the first deputy of the judiciary, he championed a campaign including the arrest, torture and execution of protestors.”
The Institute also noted that “Iran had one of the highest per capita rates of capital punishment in the world in 2020” and is actively involved in the torture of political prisoners.
MY CONVERSATION WITH NEWSMAX ABOUT IRAN’S PRESIDENT
I pressed these points yesterday during an interview with two Newsmax TV anchors, and Ric Grenell, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany and former Director of National Intelligence.
ROB FINNERTY:The United Nations General Assembly is going to start later today with the head of the United Nations warning that the world is “in great peril.” This is the first time that global leaders are going to meet in New York City in three years.
ALISON MALONI: More on this, and the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords. Let’s welcome the editor-in-chief of ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS, Joel Rosenberg. Joel, good morning.
ROSENBERG: Good morning. How are you guys?
FINNERTY: Joel, welcome. We have a big day today. A big week. The U.N. General Assembly starts – one of the first times we’ve had an in-person General Assembly. What do you expect to happen specifically on the all-important issue of Iran?
ROSENBERG: Well, I think it’s a travesty, actually, that the Biden administration has even given a visa to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. This is a man who is under U.S. sanctions right now because he was involved in murdering upwards of 30,000 Iranian citizens.
Now, the Biden administration has put our strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia in flux, in question, because of the allegation that the Saudi crown prince may have possibly known, or even ordered, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident. There is no proof of that, but that’s what Biden has alleged, even apparently to MBS’ face.
But he has no problem dealing with – even giving a visa to – [Raisi,] a man who has murdered upwards of 30,000 of his own citizens, and allowed the Iranian police to beat and kill an Iranian woman protester [last week].
This is insane.
The nuclear deal is insane, that you would try to make a deal with a regime that’s cheated at every single turn.
Why is the Biden administration more willing to deal with an enemy than be close to its allies?
FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR RIC GRENELL: Hi,Joel. So, President Biden is not going to be making a speech today. He’s going to speak tomorrow. Apparently, he was tired after his trip back from Great Britain. Typically, the U.S. president goes in the second slot [on Day One]. So, because of the time change, and he’s 79 years old, he’s going to speak tomorrow.
But the Iranian president is already saying that he’s not going to meet with Joe Biden in private at the U.N. in New York. What do you make of that and the Iranian president getting in front of that before he had the opportunity to have this possible meeting?
ROSENBERG: Well, look, Raisi is a murderer, right? He’s a terrorist. And no wonder the Ayatollah, the Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, wants him to be the head of the Iranian state government.
Because he [Raisi] is part of the terror masters of Tehran.
Of course Raisi doesn’t want to meet with President Biden. He and the Ayatollah believe that the United States is the “Great Satan.” This is what they say. This is what they believe.
I’m launching a new TV show on TBN on October 6, prime time, the first-ever show from Israel from the Middle East in prime time every week. That’s “The Rosenberg Report.” We’re going to be covering these issues – not because you guys aren’t, but because there hasn’t been a show that covers these things in real time from the region.
But I’ve just got to tell you that it’s crazy that Biden would even let this man into the country. He is already on the sanctions list.
GRENELL: So, Joel, you know, from my experience, even the Bush administration and other administrations have always let in heads of state, even controversial ones. I mean, I’ve been in the U.N. General Assembly watching North Korean leaders, Iranian leaders. So, I think that it’s pretty typical to allow them to come here.
But my real question to you is, on the Iran deal, the key negotiators are the Europeans. I mean, what we see from Joe Biden is that the opposite of America First. It’s “consensus” with the Europeans. Consensus is obviously a good idea, but when it drags us down, it’s a bad idea.
What is your message to the Europeans? Because I think the Americans understand what’s happening on this Iran deal and the negotiations, but the Europeans are the weak link. How do you get the Europeans to be stronger?
ROSENBERG: President Trump did it right, which was this: You let the Europeans follow the American lead. President Trump ripped up the Iran nuclear deal because it was bad for America. It happened to be also bad for Israel, where I live and I’m a dual citizen. It’s bad for our Arab allies. And they’re screaming at the top of their lungs – behind closed doors – “Don’t go there. Don’t make a deal with the devil. You’ve already done it once. It didn’t work. Don’t do it again.”
Now, when President Trump, rightly – and, I would say, courageously – tore up that deal, he said, “We’re going to put unilateral sanctions on Iran. If a business in Europe or anywhere else wants to do business with the United States, then don’t do business with Iran.” So then, of course, Europe followed.
But this “lead from behind” approach?
Remember, Biden was the No. 2 behind the guy [President Obama] that made that line famous, “America will lead from behind.” It doesn’t work.
MALONI: Absolutely. Joel Rosenberg, unfortunately, we’re out of time. Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to watching your new show. Appreciate it.
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