[Marxism] Hezollah in Argentina?
lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jul 23 07:48:47 MDT 2006
Over at Harry's Place, there was a completely expected charge mounted
against Hezbollah blowing up an Israeli cultural center in Buenos Aires. I
was a bit more surprised to see this charge repeated on James Wolcott's
blog this morning, even though it originated on the blog of Larry C.
Johnson, the founder of "an international business-consulting firm that
helps corporations and governments manage threats posed by terrorism and
money laundering. Mr. Johnson works with US military commands in scripting
terrorism exercises, briefs foreign governments on a regular basis on
terrorist trends, and conducts undercover investigations on product
counterfeiting and smuggling." Ahem. Johnson, warning against taking
Hezbollah lightly, alleges:
"Hezbollah also organized the attacks on the Israeli Embassy in Argentina
in 1992 and Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1994. But they also
have exercised restraint when they felt they could achieve their objectives
through political means. The ten year hiatus in major mass casualty attacks
could come to a shattering end in the coming months, and American citizens
are likely to pay some of that price with their own blood."
I found this all unlikely and using my nom de guerre Mercy Moskowitz posted
this to Harry's Tomb:
Chicago Sun-Times, August 1, 1996
Argentine police charged in 1994 bombing of Jews
BYLINE: BY SEBASTIAN ROTELLA
DATELINE: BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
Raising anew the specter of anti-Semitism in Argentina's security forces,
authorities on Wednesday charged three police officials and a former
detective as accomplices in the terrorist bombing of a Jewish community
center here in 1994.
A commander of the provincial police of Buenos Aires, two deputy commanders
and a former detective were charged by Juan Jose Galeano, the judge who is
overseeing the prosecution of the case, with providing the van that was
used in the bombing -- the deadliest anti-Semitic attack outside Israel
since World War II.
After more than two years of investigation, these were the first suspects
to be formally charged.
The explosion on July 18, 1994, destroyed the headquarters of the
Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association, a social agency in the heart of the
Jewish community, killing 86 people. Authorities believe that a suicide
bomber also died in the blast, which Argentine and foreign law enforcement
agencies blamed on Iranian spies and the radical Islamic group Hezbollah.
But the indictment filed Wednesday advances a theory that Jewish leaders
and other critics say explains the slow pace of the investigation:
High-ranking police officials participated in the crime and a subsequent
Although Argentina has one of the world's largest Jewish populations,
estimated at 250,000, many fugitive Nazis found refuge here. Decades of
intermittent military dictatorships with fascist and neo-Nazi leanings have
generated institutional anti-Semitism.
Despite Wednesday's filing of charges, some Jewish leaders remained
cautious about seeing real progress in the case. Galeano has rounded up
suspects before on unrelated charges in the unfulfilled hope of a breakthrough.
The four indicted Wednesday are Juan Jose Ribelli, a commander; deputy
commanders Irineo Leal and Raul Ibarra; and Mario Barreiro, a former
inspector who was fired for corruption. They have either proclaimed their
innocence in interviews or refused to talk.
The suspects allegedly belonged to a ring of more than a dozen high- and
mid-ranking investigators who were arrested en masse two weeks ago, said
federal prosecutor Jose Barbaccia. Prosecutors say the officials
alternately protected and extorted money from a network of "chop shops,"
businesses that cut up stolen vehicles for greater profit. The shops were
run by Carlos Alberto Telledin, a reputed petty gangster, now in jail.
Which prompted some rightwinger to retort that the charges were eventually
dropped against the cops.
In the lack of a final verdict, the Zionists continue to blame Hezbollah
which seems implausible to me. I wonder if Nestor has any insights into
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