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Biden's State Department Offers Condolences for Death of 'Butcher Of Tehran'

Controversial Move Sparks Outrage Among Critics

Just hours after the confirmed death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, known as the "Butcher of Tehran," the Biden administration's State Department extended official condolences, igniting widespread criticism. Raisi, infamous for his role in mass political executions during the late 1980s, died in a helicopter crash along with other key officials.

  • The U.S. State Department, under President Joe Biden, issued a memo expressing condolences for Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, and others on board.

  • Critics swiftly condemned the move, citing Raisi's history of overseeing political executions and efforts to target former U.S. diplomats.

  • The United Nations Security Council also held a moment of silence in Raisi's honor, further fueling the controversy.

State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller's statement read, "The United States expresses its official condolences for the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi... As Iran selects a new president, we reaffirm our support for the Iranian people and their struggle for human rights and fundamental freedoms."

Prominent voices expressed their outrage. Bill Ackman drew a stark comparison, asking, "Did we send condolences to Germany when Hitler died?" Others, like Jim Miller, sarcastically added, "The @StateDept also would like to express condolences to the family of Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and Karl Marx."

Raisi's brutal legacy includes not only the mass executions but also the Ministry of Intelligence’s recent assassination attempts on former U.S. diplomats, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Given Iran's status as the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, many view the Biden administration's gesture as an egregious misstep.

NATO spokesperson Farah Dakhlallah's similar message of condolences was met with strong criticism from figures like Derrick Van Orden, who labeled the act as "absurd."

This controversial response from the Biden administration has sparked a significant backlash, raising questions about U.S. foreign policy and its stance on international human rights.

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