October 26, 2006, - 12:11 pm

Hezbollah Argentine Bombings: Finally, Gov’t Seeking Justice

Remember the Hezbollah Bombings of the Buenos Aires, Argentina Jewish Community Center (officially called the Argentine Israeli Mutual Aid Association) in 1994 and Israeli Embassy in 1992? 114 people were murdered, and countless others were severely injured.
Then-Argentine leader Carlos Saul Menem, an Arab of Syrian descent, covered up Hezbollah’s and Iran’s orchestration of the bombings in exchange for $10 million in a Swiss bank account. He shut down the Argentine investigation into the attacks.
But Hezbollah and Iran clearly ordered the attacks, and Ibrahim Hussein Berro–the 21-year-old homicide bomber who committed the Jewish Community Center attack–was confirmed to be a Hezbollah operative from Lebanon. DNA from and photo identification by his relatives, the Lebanese Berro family of Dearbornistan, confirmed his identity.

Now, finally, Argentine prosecutors are doing something about this, though it may be too little, too late. They asked a federal judge, yesterday, to order the arrest of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and seven others for the Jewish Community Center bombing, saying the decision to attack the center “was undertaken in 1993 by the highest authorities of the then-government of Iran” and carried out by Hezbollah.
They asked the judge to seek international and national arrest orders for Rafsanjani, as well as Iranian intelligence chief Ali Fallahijan and foreign minister Ali Ar Velayati.
Argentina’s Jewish population is just over 200,000. America’s is about 5.2 million. Imagine a similar bombing here and a President of Arab descent orchestrating a cover up a la Menem, say ambitious, Hezbo-supporting Congressman (R-California) a/k/a “Jihad Darrell.” It’s possible. Maybe not in our generation, but definitely in a very near future generation. Iran’s and Hezbollah’s reach is global and throughout the free world.
And it’s time they were put out of business–instead of endless, tough-but-empty platitudes about sanctions. Time also to stop welcoming Hezbollah’s minions to our shores and rewarding them, by funding the ones they left back there with gazillions in our emergency relief aid (we’re giving them over $200 million).

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5 Responses

Can they convict him in absentia, so that somebody could then serve justice.

lonewolf on October 26, 2006 at 12:58 pm

Well done on sticking a Jewish and conservative fork in Argentina. It’s a country left-leaning filmmakers usually sentimentalize beyond all moral and intellectual recognition.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it, but — if I remember correctly — Argentinian-born (and Jewish) Susana Munoz’s documentary The Mothers of the Playa de Mayo (about mothers of the “desaparecidos” of the 1970s) mentions this bombing while suggesting that the Israeli govt had a hand in it. “Mothers” was nominated for an Academy Award.
There’s “Imagining Argentina” (2003), featuring A-list stars Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson. It also has a B-list script whose premise is that Banderas’s psychic powers enable relatives of abducted citizens to find out if their loved ones are alive. It has a liberally obligatory scene showing that retaliatory violence is “bad”. In what may be its most morally bleached and dramatically incongruous scene, out of the blue an elderly couple lecture Banderas on the importance of maintaining hope and persevering in his psychic quest; near the end of the scene you learn that they are Jews who survived the Holocaust. But it’s an ethereal metaphor that lacks any solid grounding in the rest of the plot.
There’s also an older Jack Lemmon movie, “Missing,” which I haven’t seen (but to which I don’t give the benefit of the doubt.

Jeremiah on October 26, 2006 at 4:37 pm

oops: *Plaza* de Mayo (playa = beach)

Jeremiah on October 26, 2006 at 4:40 pm

I was following this one on Spencer’s Dhimmi Watch and the blog there. Finally a western country willing to seek an appearance of some justice fo the Jews (if only in this one thing–that is some improvement).
Maybe the Argentines are gaining a little concscience?

BB on October 26, 2006 at 10:51 pm

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