Argentina and the AMIA bombings: the death of a prosecutor and the senseless logic of an insolvent government

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It is fair to say Alberto Nisman has become victim number 86 of the AMIA Jewish cultural community center bombing, likely carried out by Hezbollah operatives (in July 1994) under the payroll of Iran. Nisman was assassinated for exposing the Argentinean government culpability in entering illicit secret negations with Iran, forsaking the ordeal and the pursuit of justice for alleged geopolitical gains. justice in exchange. Credit for the picture: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters.

Argentina finds itself again in the midst of a huge institutional crisis, which far from affecting just that country, it casts a terrible prospect over Latin America, and indeed the world as a whole, undermining the cause of justice in the face of terrorism.

Last Monday, the prosecutor in charge of the AMIA case, Alberto Nisman, was found dead in his apartment, conspicuously on the eve before he was supposed to grant a hearing to the Congress. Nisman had just recently announced he had compiled definitive evidence, composed by the most part of wiretappings, which would implicitly involve key figures of the Argentinean administration as having conducted secret negotiations with Iran. Nisman had worked in the case for over a decade, but had come about to gather the bulk of his evidence in recent years, especially after 2011. Back then, according to reports, the Argentinean executive power decided to launch – in what essentially became a radical swift of policy – some sort of a covert “wiedergutmachung” (“make well again”) with the Iranians, forsaking the AMIA bomb in exchange of promises to receive oil, weapons, and trade preferences with Argentina. Continuar leyendo “Argentina and the AMIA bombings: the death of a prosecutor and the senseless logic of an insolvent government”