U.S. Deputy at U.N. Observes Moment of Silence for Raisi

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Deputy United States Ambassador to the United Nations Robert Wood stood for a moment of silence for deceased Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Monday, despite his reputation for being a brutal and oppressive leader.

The gesture, for the late leader who was known as the “Butcher of Tehran,” drew outrage from American Jews and Israelis. Iran has funded terrorism against Israel and Western targets in the Middle East for decades.

In recent months, Iran-backed terrorist groups in Iraq and Iran have targeted U.S. troops in the region, killing three and wounding scores more. The Iran-backed Houthis have been targeting U.S. military and international commercial ships in the Red Sea.

Some also condemned the United Nations for holding the moment of silence in the first place. Israeli journalist Emily Schrader said:

The UN Security Council just held a moment of silence for the death of Islamic Republic President Raisi — whose nickname is the “butcher of Tehran”. He is responsible for the hanging of thousands of protesters. The UN is applauding modern day Goebbels.

Raisi died Sunday in a helicopter crash, which sent shock waves around the world and also prompted celebration by Iranian dissidents. Raisi was named the “Butcher of Tehran” for his role in murdering dissidents after the 1979 Islamic revolution, as John Hayward reported.

Raisi died alongside Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and several other high-ranking Iranian officials.

Raisi also presided over a brutal crackdown on protests in Iran after a young Kurdish woman named Mahsa Amini was killed in September 2022 by Iran’s “morality police” for not wearing her mandatory headscarf correctly.

Kristina Wong
Kristina Wong
Pentagon Correspondent.

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