Twenty-three years ago, on July 18, 1994, an Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah operative set off an explosion so violent that it took out an entire city block in a leafy street of Buenos Aires, causing over 300 casualties, including 85 dead.
The target of this brutal attack was the AMIA Jewish center, which was frequented by families who were simply gathering for an afternoon of social and cultural events.
It remains the deadliest attack in Argentina’s two-hundred year history.
In fact, it was the single deadliest act of terrorism in the entire Western Hemisphere prior to the 9/11 attacks.
Incredibly, that wasn’t the first time Iranians perpetrated a terror attack in Argentinean soil. Just two years prior to that, on March 17, 1992, 29 people lost their lives and 242 were injured in yet another vicious bombing of a Jewish target, this time against the Israeli Embassy, also in Buenos Aires.
It remains the second deadliest attack in the history of Argentina.
Iran first revealed its terrorist disposition in 1983, when it unceremoniously murdered 307 peacekeepers, including 241 Americans, by detonating the equivalent of 21,000 pounds of TNT while the victims were stationed in their barracks.
The latest salvo against the sovereignty of South America’s second-largest nation has been the murder of Argentina’s chief federal prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, who was found dead in his apartment of a gunshot wound to his temple. There are no doubts as to who the beneficiaries are: Iranian diplomats, suspected of involvement in the attacks, and Argentina’s disgraced former president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, whose ties to Iran had been meticulously uncovered by this irreproachable prosecutor. As it turns out, he was just hours away from charging the Mrs. Fernandez de Kirchner with treason for her role in the cover up of Iran’s involvement.
Iran’s presence in South America is hardly restricted to Argentina. Its networks stretch deep into Paraguay, Uruguay and especially Brazil, with its sizable Syrian and Lebanese populations, which have proven a fertile ground for potential recruits.
This should be an eye-opener to any person who values decency and justice, and while an attack in Buenos Aires may seem remote for many of us, the fact that Iran is willing and able to spread its barbarism across the world in its genocidal quest, should strike terror in all of us.
One can only imagine what a nuclear version of this arch-terrorist state would look like.
The world community should express its rightful indignation at such barbarism irrespective of one’s ethnicity or religion.
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