Tuesday, 22 June 2021

With the Election of Raisi, It’s Time to Get Real with Iran.

If you thought that Iran could not get more extreme. Think again. It just did.

Remember the name Ebrahim Raisi. He is the new leader of Iran.

His ambitions were clear for decades. He marks himself out from the rest by wearing a black turban. This is significant. It is a personal statement, as well as a commitment of faith, in which he declares himself (wrongly) as a descendent of the Prophet Mohammad. In other words, his words, his orders, come from Allah himself.

He is omnipotent.

He was there, as a student, protesting the overthrow of the Shah of Persia in 1979 that led to the Islamic Revolution.

After the Revolution, he joined the judiciary and became the Deputy Prosecutor in Tehran at the age of 25.

In that capacity, he sat as one of four judges in a secret tribunal set up in 1988 that became known as the “Death Committee.”

This committee of judges retried political prisoners who had already been sentenced but instead of commuting their sentences they decreed death on what human rights groups have described as thousands of men and women.

After execution, they were buried in unmarked graves.

After Ayatollah Ali Montazeri, considered a moderate, complained about the mass executions calling them “the biggest crime in the history of the Islamic Republic” he lost his position as the successor of Khomeini. That went to hardliner Ayatollah Khamenei who became Supreme Leader after Khomeini’s death.

Raisi went on to serve as the chief prosecutor of Tehran before becoming the State Inspectorate Organization head and later in 2014 the Iranian Prosecutor General.

In 2016, he became the custodian of Iran’s most influential religious foundations, the Astan-e Quds-e Razavi, the wealthiest organization in Iran, a multi-billion domestic empire, with holdings in real estate, construction, agriculture, energy, telecommunications and financial services, according to the United States.

Although, as judiciary chief, he reduced the death sentences of people sentenced for drug-related crimes, the number of executed political prisoners increased.

Iran continues to execute more people than any other country except for China.

Despite running on a campaign “to fight poverty, corruption, humiliation and discrimination,” the recent election was shadowed by the disqualification by the hardline Guardian Council of several prominent moderate and reformist candidates.

In protest, the turnout was a low 49%, but Raisi won 62% of the vote, winning eighteen million votes.

This new position as President of Iran places him in a leading position to become the overarching Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic when Ayatollah Khamenei dies.

In a 130-page report, written by the London-based human rights lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson, Q.C., during the killing spree of Raisi’s ‘Death Commission’ people were hung from cranes “four at a time, or in groups of six with ropes hanging from the front of the stage in an assembly hall.”

In Israel, an HaAretz analysis called Raisi, “An Executioner Fond of the Gallows,” pointing out that he preferred hanging to shooting political prisoners because it took longer to die.

Raisi said that Iran’s ballistic missiles program is “non-negotiable.”

The introduction of Raisi as Iranian President should force a naïve Western leadership to remove their blinkers and look at Iran as it really is, what their future intentions really are, and stop pussy-footing around the issue.

Barry Shaw, Senior Associate at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. 

Friday, 18 June 2021

Putin Ate Biden's Lunch in Geneva.

Vladimir Putin held a long press conference in Geneva after his meeting with Biden, answering questions from many of the world's media.

When asked about the atmosphere of his meeting with Biden he said he felt no pressure.
In response to an American reporter's question about political prisoners in Russia, referring to Alexei
Navalny, Putin spoke about the 400 American political prisoners being held under "criminal persecution" in solitary confinement by the US Government who are referring to their own citizens "domestic terrorists."

Putin also questioned dubious American governmental actions by speaking about Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed woman who, on January 6, threatened no one but was shot dead by a US official who has not been named or arrested.
He also contrasted the BLM riots as being in violation of US law yet they allowed to burn and destroy many American cities.
He rhetorically asked the reporters if they thought that he should tolerate such wholesale violence in Russia in the name of democracy.

Dubious Democrat actions are coming back to bite them internationally.

When they tried to put a mirror up to Russia, Putin artfully turned the mirror around into America's political face.

Putin answered more questions in under an hour than Biden and Harris combined have done in six months.

It was a major diplomatic mistake by the United States to allow Putin go first with his press conference. Biden's press meet was subsequently reactive.

They didn't hold a joint press conference because the Biden camp was afraid their guy wouldn't be able to hold a candle to Putin. The optics would have looked bad.
They were right.

The Putin conference went on for 55 minutes. Biden's 24. Putin answered eighteen hardball questions. Biden answered just seven pre-arranged questions from pro-selected reporters, although Peter Doocey of Fox News managed to sneak in a question as Biden was walking off the stage.

In this non-Summit, America got nothing in return for two major Russian cyber attacks for which Putin got away scot-free. Putin came gift less after Biden inexplicably lifted the sanctions on the Russian pipeline to Europe that boosts their economy for decades and increases its power and influence in Europe.
Biden gave Putin trillions of Euros with this pipeline while paying NATO billions of dollars to protect them from Russia.
Welcome to American weakness.

Biden couldn't even get the return of Americans lingering in Russian jails.

America surrendered the moral high ground on human rights. Biden was trapped by the Democrats lying narrative of "systemic racism" in America.
It was played back to them by the Chinese delegation in their meeting the Biden's foreign policy and national security teams in Alaska in March.
It was played back to them by Putin in Geneva in June.

A weak America is on the back foot and disrespected globally.

Putin ate Biden's lunch in Geneva.

Barry Shaw,
Senior Associate at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.