New Iranian President Has “No Regrets”

Last month the Iranian election, which was mired in controversy after a number of would-be candidates were disqualified, yielded a victory for Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-liner who is already taking a firm stance when it comes to US – Iran relations. A historically low 48% of Iranians voted in this election.

Raisi himself faces U.S. sanctions due to his role in the 1988 mass execution of political prisoners. When asked about this, he made it clear that he has “no regrets about his past actions.” It seems to me that “no regrets” really is Iran’s mantra. It’s foolish if you think that you can stop a terrorist regime from nuclear ambition when they have no regrets about past actions and have no desire to change. With the Biden administration looking to shake hands with Iran again over the JCPOA, the Iran deal, and leaving Israel in the dust, the U.S. administration really needs to be thinking differently now that Raisi is in power.

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