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For Latin America, The Legacy of Communism is in its Response

April 4, 2017

On March 17 1992, a car bomb detonated outside the Israeli embassy in Argentina's capital, killing 28 people and injuring 220. Then on July 18 1994, another explosive-laden vehicle leveled the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds -- the largest Jewish loss of life outside Israel since the Second World War. Western intelligence services and the Argentine government fingered Iran for both attacks, but incompetence and incomplete investigations stalled prosecutions. 

Resolution appeared on the horizon in 2014 when the Argentine prosecutor responsible for handling the AMIA case, Alberto Nisman, announced a plan to release information implicating then-president Cristina Kirchner, among others, in a conspiracy to cover-up Iran's involvement in the attacks. Unfortunately, Nisman was found murdered on January 15 2015, days before he was to present his findings to the Argentine parliament. His murder remains unsolved. 

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