Cablegate: Media Reaction; Amia Bombing Anniversary; 07/19/07
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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION; AMIA BOMBING ANNIVERSARY; 07/19/07
1. SUMMARY STATEMENT
Daily-of-record "La Nacion," leading "Clarin," and liberal,
English-language "Buenos Aires Herald" carry editorials on the 13th
anniversary of the AMIA bombing.
2. OPINION PIECES AND EDITORIALS
- "When 13 is really unlucky"
Liberal, English-language "Buenos Aires Herald" carries an editorial
(07/19) "Marking yesterday's 13th anniversary of the AMIA terrorist
bomb destruction (which killed 85 people), the Jewish community
center's current president Luis Grynwald expressed the hope that
this would be the last anniversary without anyone found guilty of
the crime and called on President Nestor Kirchner to break off
relations with Iran.
"This newspaper cannot concur with the latter statement because we
concur with the former - until Iranian participation is definitely
proven, breaking off relations with Iran becomes a substitute for
finding the guilty parties, a relatively easy way out. It may be
Israeli state policy to insist on Iranian guilt - perfectly
understandable with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling
for Israel to be 'wiped off the map'..., but it does not have to be
Argentina's state policy. In any case this should not be about
anybody's state policy but simply justice. If this newspaper
disagrees with severing ties with Iran, this does not mean that we
agree with being friendly to such egregious Iranian cohorts as
Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and far less with being nice to Iran itself,
which has consistently withheld judicial cooperation in the AMIA
case, but cutting ties is to slam the door on any such cooperation.
In a word, we agree with Grynwald in wanting the guilty to be found
- the culprits, not scapegoats.
"Until the guilty are found, the AMIA anniversary should not be
allowed to die or even fade, irrespective of the passage of time...
As the participants in yesterday's ceremony from both home and
abroad pointed out, the AMIA atrocity was an attack on Argentina
while at the same time the AMIA victims are the world's victims.
"... Argentina's current government certainly cannot be accused of
not giving the AMIA anniversary the importance it deserves with both
the presidential couple and virtually the entire Cabinet showing up
yesterday... But it is already too late for even such forceful
gestures as breaking relations with Iran - as Grynwald also said,
the guilty must be found and justice done."
- "AMIA - thirteen years later"
Leading "Clarin" editorializes (07/19) "On the thirteenth
anniversary of the attack on the AMIA, the clarification of the
attack is still pending...
"To the lack of response, negligence and lack of competence, serious
irregularities committed during the investigation were added, which
frustrated the legal process against those who are allegedly
involved in the local connection...
"... The lack of a serious judicial investigation and an explicit,
consistent and efficient governmental commitment to get to the truth
and punish the guilty left the country damaged in two ways - first,
due to the attack and then due to the subsequent impunity.
"... However, the Argentine Government remains responsible for
supporting the Judiciary's independent performance to solve the case
and put an end to the impunity related to the bloody and atrocious
terrorist attack suffered by the Jewish community thirteen ago,
which was an attack against all Argentines."
- "AMIA - impunity goes on"
Daily-of-record "La Nacion" (O7/19) editorializes "... Yesterday,
during the public ceremony celebrating the thirteenth anniversary of
the cowardly attack against AMIA, which was attended by President
Nestor Kirchner, the AMIA head, Luis Grynwald, publicly asked
Argentina to break off ties with Iran and declare Hezbollah an
international terrorist organization, which has already been
demanded by Federal Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral and other foreign
"In spite of its promises, the Iranian government has not cooperated
with the Argentine Government. However, it is striking that the
commercial exchange between the two countries continues. And leaders
of picketers like Luis D'Elia continue publicly defending the
"... Thirteen years after the attack, the Argentine borders remain
as porous as in those years. A political decision on the future of
the relationship between Argentina and Iran is still pending and the
investigation has not made the progress it should.
"Once again, we should say that in the event this abhorrent episode
of Argentine history is not clarified, our country will continue to
exhibit an image of vulnerability to the world, which could make it
the target of new terrorist attacks. The entire society, including
the national authorities, should not be defeated by impotence or
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