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Iran/Hizbollah Charged With 1994 Buenos Aires Bombing

Posted in Argentina, Hezbollah, Iran, Israel, News, News and politics, Terrorism, USA by Curtis on 10/26/06

The BBC reports:

The Iranian government and Lebanese militia group Hezbollah have been formally charged over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires.

Argentine prosecutors are calling for the arrest of former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani and seven others.

Chief prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused the Iranian authorities of directing Hezbollah to carry out the attack.

Hezbollah and Iran both deny that they were involved in the attack, which killed 85 and wounded 300.

In July 2005, the Argentine government issued a decree through which it accepted partial blame for a failure to investigate the bombing. Jewish groups have repeatedly alleged the involvement of Islamic extremist groups, and these latest formal charges are the result of a joint operation between the FBI and Argentine intelligence. Hezbollah says that Ibrahim Hussein Berro, the only individual yet named directly in correlation with the attack, died recently in southern Lebanon while fighting Israel.

It appears to me that there is really little more evidence now linking the attacks to Tehran then there ever has been; and while I think it’s likely that a few Iranian extremists probably share some responsibility for the decade-old incident, why the vehemence now? I mean, right now? The timing is suspect, in my view, although I hope that justice can be served. But somehow I get the distinct feeling this isn’t just about justice.

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  1. unitedcats said, on 10/26/06 at 10:03 am

    There doesn’t appear to be any real evidence linking anyone to this terrible crime, so this is pure politics. It’s all a web of supposition, they haven’t even identified the suicide bomber even. It’s hard to imagine why the Iranian government would be involved in something like this, they would have nothing to gain and everything to lose. Could they have been? Sure, but I would like to see evidence and motive for starters. And it’ not like the government of Iran is the only government who has had a hand in atrocities. This is part and parcel of the demonization of Iran imho until I see more proof.

    JMO
    Doug

  2. jarrett said, on 10/26/06 at 1:20 pm

    From the same report,”[…]Argentine prosecutor said a member of Hezbollah was behind the attack and had been identified in a joint operation by Argentine intelligence and the FBI.” I didn’t know Argentina was a involved in the U.S. Propaganda trade…

  3. homeyra said, on 10/27/06 at 3:46 am

    This is not really related to your post, but it is an interesting article:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5377914.stm

  4. tellitlikeitis said, on 10/27/06 at 2:51 pm

    I thought that was really interesting, too, this idea of a joint operation between the FBI and Buenos Aires over what would essentially be an anti-Israeli crime committed, ostensibly, by Iranians. The world sure is a friendly place, now isn’t it? Well, remember what Bush said: you’re either with us or against us. Like, for real. ;-/

    I was trying to be sort of soft in my word choice, as you can tell, but it’s true that this appears to built on nothing more than a web of supposition, as you said, unitedcats. It’s political pandering for now and not much else.

  5. tellitlikeitis said, on 10/27/06 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for that article, homeyra. It puts things in perspective nicely, I believe.


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