Thursday, November 09, 2006

Argentina vs. Iran - Update

As mentioned here a few weeks ago, Argentina has formally charged Iran and Hezbollah with a 1994 Buenos Aires bombing. The explosion killed 85 people at the Jewish Community Center in the Argentine capital.

The latest news from this case: Argentina has issued an arrest warrant for former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was in office at the time of the bombing, along with 8 other former Iranian government officials.

Not surprisingly, Iran is dismissing the warrants, stating they are part of a "Zionist plot." They may not be original, but they are consistent.

I still don't think this will go anywhere, but I give the Argentines full credit for trying.


Anonymous said...

I'm doing some research on Argentinian bomb squads, I have to see if they still exist. So far I have nothing. I've looked up websites and I get a like a nondetailed paragraph, and lost on what they are talking about. I thought it was related to their "dirty war" or economic issues it had back in the 90's. What is the issue they have with Iran?

PHE said...

kathryn, the problem the Argentines have with Iran (and Hezbollah) is they think Iran was behind a terrorist bombing in Buenos Aires back in 1994. This bomb was set off in front of the Jewish community center and killed 85 people. Several hundred were injured as well.

Through the years, there have been all sorts of rumors in Argentina about official cover ups and all sorts of nefarious goings-on in relation to this attack. Its interesting that Argentina is now pressing the issue. We'll see if anything comes of it.

Thanks for your comment!