The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, June 03, 2003
AMIA bombing - where's the furore?
If you were setting up a bunch of dots for auto-connection, you could scarcely do better, surely, than the bombing of the AMIA Jewish cultural centre in Buenos Aires in 1994 (my piece of yesterday): we're in the middle of a War on Terror, we're talking about groups operating from a friendly base (the Triple Frontera) in the Western Hemisphere (aka Uncle Sam's backyard), groups viscerally hostile to Israel and the US, groups which have actually carried out terror attacks costing dozens of lives - in particular, the AMIA bombing.
Yet, from my initial researches, activity in the US on the subject from what one might characterise as the usual suspects - the necons and and the Jewish lobby - seems strangely muted.
There's an AIPAC piece of May 12 2003 on Hezbollah generally, which has three pars on the attack (and the interminable judicial process arising therefrom). A piece from David Horovitz (April 7 2003) - a personal attack on former President Menem, as well as noting the then recent arrest warrants for four Iranians supposedly involved in the bombing.
The response from USG - so far as my researches have revealed: a speech by Coordinator for Counterterrorism at State Ambassador Francis X Taylor (bio) (December 19 2001) on combating terror in the Triple Frontera, rather wet - as, no doubt, should be expected. I've come across nothing yet from the fire-eaters of the DOD on the subject .
Other material of interest on the AMIA case in particular, and the threat arising from Middle East terror groups operating in South America in general:
Some of the choicer morsels. As for mastering all this stuff - as Fidel would say, la lucha continúa...
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