UN embracement of mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi will aggravate Iran’s impunity crisis
On the ruins of World War II, a severely wounded and dispersed international community decided to establish an organization to “maintain international peace and security” while also “promoting social progress, better living standards, and human rights.” The world had come to understand that responsible nations’ inaction can result in a global catastrophe. Seventy-seven years later, the UN has successfully avoided many wars and forged important alliances, but it has also hosted a number of dictators, human rights violators, and enablers of aggressors and state terrorism.
The current global order has established a standard to accept anyone who seizes power in a nation using any means, possibly making the case that a bounded dictator is preferable to a renegade state. It only takes a natural disaster for the “free world” to reluctantly reach out to the “new leadership” and offer assistance to the state for the sake of the “suffering people”; statements of concern typically only last a few weeks, if not days. As a result, new connections are made, and coping with evil becomes the new standard.
Iran’s government has come under heavy fire for being both one of the worst violators of human rights and the most active state sponsor of terrorism. Although the treatment of human lives by the regime is included in both designations, the second is a direct result of the public’s ignorance of the former.
Despite desperate Western calls for Tehran to change its ways, Ali Khamenei installed Ebrahim Raisi, an illiterate thug who had no professional career other than executing people. Raisi was apparently too extreme by the regime’s own standards, and Khamenei had to get rid of all insiders for his choice to win at the polls—even his own senior advisor.
The Supreme Leader of the regime made it clear to the world what direction his regime is going in by replacing the heads of all branches of government, hand-picking ministers, and installing IRGC officers as governors. Even the foreign ministry was changed by him, and the new envoys made it clear how the new nuclear talks would proceed. The West insisted on engagement once more and continued to do what it had been doing for almost 20 years.
In the first year of Ebrahim Raisi’s presidency, Iran’s government fulfilled its promises. The nuclear program accelerated and ceased to be monitored by the IAEA, Tehran expanded hostage-taking and assassinations abroad, and the regime’s judiciary set a new record for state executions, torture, and inhumane capital punishment. Proxy warmongering increased in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Ebrahim Raisi criticized the US and boasted that Tehran will be more belligerent and ignorant of international calls for reform and change in behavior during his speech to the UN General Assembly last year, which was delivered remotely due to fears of protests in New York. The US State Department expressed interest in re-engaging with Tehran rather than giving a firm response or forming a global coalition to topple the regime.
The president of the regime, who is still legally subject to an asset freeze, US visa restrictions, and a ban on doing business with US citizens and entities, wants to travel to New York this year to address the international community about a new interpretation of “human rights,” “liberty,” and “Islamic Democracy.”
The United Nations will set another new standard and degrade into a worse place for humanity if it listens to someone who has no regard for human life. As autocrats pose an ever-increasing threat to the free world by forming evil alliances and holding human lives and economies hostage, the international community must be more united in rejecting and isolating these profiles.
It’s time to establish new standards. If not, the world will likely experience more natural disasters, and there is no assurance that the future will be more peaceful.