Raisi’s hard landing

The initial AP story by Jon Gambrell on the possible death of Iranian President Ebrhaim Raisi included a euphemistic quote from Iranian media:

Raisi was traveling in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. State TV said what it called a “hard landing” happened near Jolfa, a city on the border with the nation of Azerbaijan, some 600 kilometers (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran.

In the AP sidebar on Raisi by Gambreell, “hard landing” made it into the headline. The euphemism foreshadowed news of Raisi’s death. It turns out that “the butcher of Tehran” suffered the hardest landing of all. If there is any justice ruling the universe, he landed in hell.

In its Morning Wire email this morning, the AP flags international reaction:

After news broke of the search operation, Russia, Iraq and Qatar made formal statements of concern and offered to assist in the search. Saudi Arabia, traditionally seen as a rival of Iran, said in a statement that it “stands by Iran in these difficult circumstances.” There was no immediate official reaction from Israel. The crash comes as the Middle East remains unsettled by the Israel-Hamas war, during which Raisi launched an unprecedented drone-and-missile attack on Israel just last month.

The AP’s search for reaction from Israel reminds me of Moms Mabley’s joke about her late husband: “I was always taught never to say anything about the dead unless it’s good. He’s dead. Good!” One can only hope that Raisi’s hard landing is a leading indicator of the fate of the Iranian regime.

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