Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has done an about face. Well, sort of.
When prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead hours before he was due to testify in front of Argentina’s Congress to detail allegation that Fernandez de Kirchner had entered an agreement with Iran not to prosecute those responsible for the 1994 attack on Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center which killed 85 people in exchange for Iranian oil, Fernandez-Kirchner claimed that Nisman had committed suicide.
Argentinians reacted by taking to the streets with the Charlie Hebdo inspired slogan, “Yo Soy Nisman”.
Now Fernandez-Kirchner says Nisman didn’t kill himself after all. On her website, she wrote, “They used him while he was alive and then they needed him dead.”
Of course, Fernandez-Kirchner did not specify who “they” were. Yet let us consider Fernandez-Kirchner’s rhetoric in recent years against Argentina’s Jewish community which is the largest in Latin America.
In 2013, Fernandez-Kirchner accused Guillermo Borger, the president of the bombed Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center of “foreign espionage agency that knows of a new terror attack planned against Argentina.”
Last September, during her speech to the UN General Assembly, Fernandez-Kirchner attacked Argentina’s Jewish community for opposing her decision to work with Iran in investigating the bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center. Argentina asking Iran to help investigate the bombing of Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center would be like the United States asking al Qaeda to help investigate the September 11th attacks. For good measure, Fernandez-Kirchner also took aim at Israel’s actions in Gaza and blaming Jewish financiers for Argentina’s ongoing economic troubles.
Fernandez-Kirchner did not specify the “they” in question, but I think it’s fairly clear at whom she’s taking aim.
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