October 25, 2006

Argentina (Finally) Charges Iran and Hezbollah

One of the most annoying arguments from Lebanon's Syrian and Iranian stooges is that the disarmament of Hezbollah is an "internal matter." In other words, the United States, the United Nations, the European Union, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and everyone else in the universe needs to shut up and sod off.

That is not going to happen.

The international movement to turn the screws on the Party of God is only gaining momentum. It now includes a country all the way down in South America.
BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Argentine prosecutors charged Iran and the Shiite militia Hezbollah with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities office in Argentina that killed 85 people and injured 300.

Prosecutors demanded an international arrest warrant for then-Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and six other top Iranian officials at the time of the attack, and a former Hezbollah foreign security service chief, Imad Fayez Moughnieh.

In a country with a murky record in pursuing the 12-year-old case, relatives and friends of the victims called on President Nestor Kirchner to take swift and strong action to bring it to trial.

In a statement, Argentine chief prosecutor Alberto Nisman declared: “We deem it proven that the decision to carry out an attack July 18, 1994 on the AMIA (the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association, a Jewish charities association headquarters in Buenos Aires) was made by the highest authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran which directed Hezbollah to carry out the attack.”
There is not much Argentina can do by itself against the Islamic Republic of Iran or its toy in South Lebanon. But the idea that Hezbollah is an internal Lebanese matter has become just a tad more untenable than it already was.

Hezbollah has set up shop in Paraguay and Brazil, as well. There are Jews all over the world who must be "resisted," you see.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at October 25, 2006 11:40 PM
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I just want to clarify something. Imad Moughnieh is more a tool of Iranian intelligence than of Hezbollah. He is basically an Iranian operative, but he is a very dangerous man.

Posted by: Omega80 at October 26, 2006 03:10 AM

Here's something interesting. (Via here.)

Posted by: Yafawi at October 26, 2006 04:18 AM

That should take care of the argument that Hezbollah is a local resistance mvmnt that never attacks civilians or Lebanese. (They killed quite a few Lebanese when they "allegedly" bombed the US embassy in Beirut ).

But what am I saying? Their many blind followers will quickly, if not already, say that Argentinian justice is a US puppet.

Posted by: JoseyWales at October 26, 2006 04:55 AM

So, I wonder if Carlos Menem will have to give his money back to Iran.

Posted by: ElamBend at October 26, 2006 05:25 AM

Did you see how the Mau Mau are now suing the British government?

I think suits and establishing liability for oppressive actions is pretty reasonable. I think Bush has been quashing an effort by WTC survivors to hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the attacks -- a mistake.
The Dems haven't made this enough of an issue, but big economic penalities to orgs that support terrorists is a good idea.

Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad at October 26, 2006 07:13 AM

And the Iranian nationals have lots of assets for seizure in civil suits. Some civil actions will be a nice way to get back at these criminals. A little bit of digging will be required.

Members of the PMOI (People's Mojehedin of Iran) who have lost many family members to the mullahs' torturers have told me that in the Province of Ontario (Canada) alone, where I am, Rafsanjani has over $600 million in assets.

I'm sure there is tons elsewhere stashed by these scumbags.

Posted by: ankhfkhonsu at October 26, 2006 07:18 AM

Does "Joe 'collateral damage' Lebanon" get to sue Uncle Sam for opening the arms spigot?

Does someone who refers to Lebanon's Iranian and Syrian stooges really have an open mind to the Mideast's nuances, or is he really just more interested in the gentrification of the east coast of the Mediterranean?

Posted by: Alan Goldstein at October 26, 2006 07:15 PM

Give me the "nuanced Middle Eastern" view of South American Jew-killers, Alan.

Please provide the nuanced view of Ku Klux Klan lynchings, as well.

Thanks.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 26, 2006 08:19 PM

Did you see how the Mau Mau are now suing the British government?

Publicity stunt.

I think suits and establishing liability for oppressive actions is pretty reasonable.

I don't.

First comes the legal problem- what court has jurisdiction over a sovereign government?

Normally, only a court established by a government has the authority to order anyone in that country to do anything.

Second comes the ethical problem.

The resolution of these cases would generally involve someone paying money to someone else. In most cases, the money would come from taxes paid by people not party to the specific act, and often from people who whould not have wanted the specific act to take place. Why should they pay for someone else's decision?

I think Bush has been quashing an effort by WTC survivors to hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the attacks -- a mistake.

It's not a mistake. The attacks were not carried out by the Saudi government.

Do you want the US government to be held accountable for what whacko Americans have done overseas without US gov't knowledge or approval?

That's a hole with no bottom, and I have no intention of going down it.

The Dems haven't made this enough of an issue, but big economic penalities to orgs that support terrorists is a good idea.

Organizations, yes, governments, no. The wesphalian system sucks, but I fear the alternative will suck far more.

It would be much less disruptive to use our intelligence agencies to ID the people responsible and assassinate them. The parties directly responsible get punished, the unlucky SOBs who just live in the wrong country don't get penalized, and the various thugs who don't like us get a lesson on why they should keep it on a leash.

Posted by: rosignol at October 27, 2006 04:14 AM

Amen Rosignol on all counts! And Alan, yes, the gentrification of the Eastern Mediterranean is the best of all possible worlds. And from there, let the gentrification move steadily east, bringing prosperity, diversity, an easy peaceful live-and-let-live love of life for all people who want to breathe free. There's more nuance in peace than there is in war. Oh, and Alan? Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back.

Posted by: Abu Nudnik at October 27, 2006 10:59 AM

Yes, the gentrification of the whole Middle East would be ideal. The finest Muslims in the past were true gentlemen (or ladies).

See here.

Posted by: Don Cox at October 27, 2006 01:25 PM

Yes, the gentrification of the whole Middle East would be ideal. The finest Muslims in the past were true gentlemen (or ladies).

See here.

Posted by: Don Cox at October 27, 2006 01:25 PM

Michael: thank you for posting this. My family knew some people who died in the AMIA bombings, and this is a very important thing for me too.

At last, it seems that Argentina will mark the guilty ones. I have just read the short case put forward by the prosecutor (32 pages because the original has 800). There is no doubt that Iran and Hezbollah were responsible. You can see it in their movements of people, money and communications. The Iranian people responsible boarded a plane out of the country 1 hour before the explosion!

There is a link for the case for anyone here that reads Spanish in my blog.

Best,
Fabián an Argentinian writing from Israel

Posted by: Fabian at October 27, 2006 02:20 PM

What has happened to the left. Anyone who is seen as anti-American or anti-Israel has been turned into a hero. There used to be a time when Hezbollah would be an anathema to the left because of its gross antisemitism, but now "We are all Hezbollah." I feel increasingly disappointed and betrayed by the left.

Posted by: Susan at November 2, 2006 04:22 AM
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