Iran and Argentina If I

by Nathan Hamm on 8/24/2003

Iran and Argentina
If I had to think of likely conflicts on the horizon, this wouldn’t be one of my first choices.
Iran has cut all economic and cultural ties
with Argentina over the arrest by British police of former ambassador
Hadi Soleimanpur, wanted in connection with a 1994 bombing of a Jewish
community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 and injured hundreds.
Argentine security forces apparently played a role as well and went on trial last year.

Iran has gone absolutely ballistic over this. They demand a British apology, while some call for the expulsion of Britain’s ambassador. It’s obvious to anyone that this is all a Zionist conspiracy to pressure Iran,
right (see, that’s the money shot – the truth, if they have slurpees in
Iran, it has Uzbekistan beat). The UK, and presumably Argentina, are
responding in the best possible way; ignoring Iranian statements as posturing.
Really, if I was in Argentina’s position, I don’t think I would worry
too much about Iran leveling economic sanctions. Other countries grow
dates, right? In all seriousness though, this does highlight the truly
global nature of terrorism and that countries like Iran and Syria need
to be pressured into withdrawing their support for the disgusting
organizations they support.
I couldn’t find a lot on the bombing – evidence and whatnot, but I did
find background on Argentina’s Jewish community that mentions that 20 Argentines were involved in the bombing but did not instigate the attack. B’nai B’rith has the following from a letter in 2000 that mentions Hezbollah is probably the culprit:

The AMIA bombing killed 86 people and wounded more than
300. U.S. officials have long suspected Lebanese Hezbollah terrorists
— sponsored by Iran and aided by members of the Argentine security
forces — of carrying out the attack. A similar car bombing of the
Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 murdered 29 people and wounded
200. Both have gone unsolved, although a handful of people, including
members of the Buenos Aires provincial police, are awaiting trial in
the AMIA case.

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