The New York Times on Saturday described the assassinated mastermind of Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program as having “wanted to live a normal life,” someone who enjoyed poetry and spending time with family, notes Honest Reporting.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated last November in an operation attributed to Israel’s Mossad spy agency. Then-Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu had previously shared intelligence about Fakhrizadeh’s leading role in Tehran’s development of an atomic weapon.

Nevertheless, the “newspaper of record” highlighted Fakhrizadeh’s love of driving through the countryside, prompting ridicule from many. Many pointed out that Iran has repeatedly threatened to fully annihilate Israel, and that Fakhrizadeh headed the initiative that could give the mullahs the means to actualize their genocidal ambitions.