Iran in Perspective
Don’t Let Ahmadinejad’s Candidacy Distract You from the Real Danger: Ebrahim Raisi
April 16, 2017
Once more, former President Ahmadinejad has grabbed headlines. His chances in the upcoming presidential election are close to nil, but he has successfully diverted attention from a more serious and dangerous candidate. Ebrahim Raisi, a relatively unknown cleric outside Iran whose name is also mentioned as a candidate to replace the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Leader, will run against President Rouhani. To those who document human rights abuses and the thousands of Iranians who have lost loved ones to summary executions, he is well known. Raisi’s nefarious 37-year career in the judiciary is paved with corpses. His candidacy for any leadership position should raise alarm because of its significance and because the consequences of his success will be deadly both inside Iran and well beyond its borders.
After his tenure as the head of the General Inspection Office, the Supreme Leader has rewarded Raisi for his years of service by making him the Head of Astan Qods Razavi, the richest Muslim charity in the world, in March 2016. This promotion and the candidacy of a mass killer as president send a chilling message to the Iranian people. A President Raisi, with his understanding of “threats,” will have no qualms about joining forces with the judiciary and the revolutionary guards to kill. And his lethal hand will certainly not stop at the borders of Iran. With a mandate from God, Raisi will feel accountable to no one and the world should only expect the worst in the region and beyond.