Friday, September 21, 2007

Viva Argentina

Argentina's President is going to address the world body at the UN and expose the criminal mullahs and the type of regime they represent.

If you recall, Argentinian prosecutors formally charged Iran’s ex-President Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani and several other former officials over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires in October of 2006.

The 1994 explosion devastated the Argentinian Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA), killing dozens and injuring many others....“We have proven that the decision for the July 18, 1994, attack against AMIA that caused 85 deaths and wounded at least 151 was a decision taken by high-ranking authorities of Iran’s government at that time,” Nisman said. “These authorities ordered the Lebanese Shi’ite organization Hizballah to carry out this attack. It is known that this organization [Hizballah] is, from all points of view, a sub-organization of the regime in Tehran.”
Prosecutors also asked the judge to detain other senior Iranians, including former Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian and ex-Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati.

They are also seeking two former commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), two former Iranian diplomats, and a former Hizballah security chief for their alleged roles in the killings.”

Meanwhile, amidst threats from Islamic Republic, President Kirchner of Argentina does not surrender:

But a source close to the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association said on condition of anonymity that Kirchner had "committed to bringing up the matter of the attack" against the group during his address to the world body.
Four relatives of victims from that attack also planned to travel to New York and attend the session with members of the Argentine delegation."It will be a strong signal from the Argentine government to the international community that light must be shed and the guilty must be punished," the source said.Leaders of top Jewish associations in Argentina were also expected to travel to New York for the annual UN session, and Baharvand accused them of organizing "parallel diplomacy" and trying to "blackmail" the Argentine government.


RoxieAmerica said...

Sounds like an excellent reception for Ahmadinejad.

A Jacksonian said...

The names also associated with those two events: Monzer al-Kassar and Imad Mugniyah. Of course you linked through to those posts of mine some time ago...

I don't know if you picked up on a later one on professional terrorists, of which I do count al-Kassar in that category: how he gets out of all of this with his name unmentioned is quite dirty... Carlos Menem had the documents of al-Kassar's involvement destroyed. Still, the post goes through a long list of Iranians also involved, and puts al-Kassar knowing the head of the Iranian Intelligence services.

Really, the sophistication of al-Kassar and Mugniyah is astounding, and the extent of that I looked at in what would happen even if the US *did* legalize the narcotics trade. Part of the sophistication is the use of the contacts between the Kassar family contacts with the drug cartels of South America and their extended contacts in North America, plus the old heroin network of the Kassar family already in the US. Imad Mugniyah piggy-backs on *those* to get Hezbollah low level, but continuous funding in the US. The utilization of person-to-person banking systems for the movement of funds, makes that stuff almost impossible to trace.

I have yet to fully trace out the contacts between the Mugniyah/Hezbollah/Kassar organization on the west coast, but their involvement with Far East gray/black market goods puts forward possible links to the Triads, Yakuza and other similar syndicates... al-Kassar would have the credentials to work with *any* of them.

That cross-breeding of organized crime, transnational terrorism and money laundering has increased the lethality of *all* terrorism over time, not just the Islamic sort. By over-emphasizing that one type, we are ignoring that other sorts that are even more endemic (and accounting for more overall attacks in general) than the Islamic sort... the latter just has a very high per-incident death toll, making it harder for the others to get attention unless they, also, get more lethal.

Much of that started right after Iran/Contra when Ollie North, Richard Secord and Albert Hakim introduced Monzer al-Kassar's network to Honduras... His ability to Carlos Menem and bring him financial help from Syria is looking to be a key turning point in transnational terrorism. And the Israeli Embassy bombing in 1992 and the AMIA bombing in 1994 point to that sea change.

I hope that Argentina can start to extract some justice, as their ability to prevent the infestation is badly hampered without the sunlight of recognition upon this problem. America can barely figure out where she stands on being a Nation these days... so my hope is that Argentina will stand for herself and shed the light America cannot bring in our feeble abilities to even recognize the problem.