If President Obama was a no-show at 9/11 ceremonies for two years in a row, no doubt people would take notice. … So when Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner fails to attend a ceremony on Thursday marking the 19th anniversary of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, foreign policy experts accuse the leftist of avoiding it on purpose.
Argentine and U.S. authorities concluded long ago that a Hezbollah cell directed by Iran was to blame for the terrorist attack that left 85 dead and more than 300 injured.
She’s “motivated by a desire to strengthen Argentine-Iranian relations,” Robert Zarate, policy director at the Foreign Policy Initiative, tells the Washington Free Beacon. Iran, besieged by Western sanctions for its nuclear ambitions, is desperate for trading partners. Fernandez may be cozying up to leftist allies Venezuela and Cuba, suggests The Economist.
“That she’s skipping it for the second time shows it’s no accident or coincidence. Jews are traditionally the canary in the coal mine, and in this case, the warning signs about Argentina couldn’t be clearer,” American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Michael Rubin tells the Beacon.
Fernandez is known as the Hillary Clinton of South America. An attorney, she was a senator while her husband was president. While running for the top office in 2007, Fernandez enjoyed the comparisons.
Clinton, however, questioned the mental stability of Fernandez in a 2009 cable made public by WikiLeaks. “Is she taking any medications” for stress? Clinton asked after encounters with the thin-skinned leader.