Things are getting weird in Argentina. Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor, claimed he had evidence that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had agreed to cover up Iran’s role in a 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in return for oil—and was found dead the day before he was set to testify in Congress. This week, Kirchner fingered a surprising suspect: her own intelligence service. She has decided to replace it with a whole new organization, according to the New York Times.
Kirchner is propounding the theory that the intelligence agency had Nisman killed not because she ordered it, but to discredit her. In a rambling, 2,000 word post on her Facebook page (yes, really), she said that an international conspiracy was involved and “they” had “used” and then “killed” Nisman.
Kirchner’s reaction has been bizarre no matter what the real story is—and the possibilities do not seem good. But that shouldn’t distract us from another essential part of the story: the sinister and serious role of Iran. The current President of Iran, reputed “moderate” Hassan Rouhani, is alleged not only to have been involved in the quid-pro-quo offer for a coverup, but also to have been part of the committee that approved the bombing in 1994. There is already a school of thought that Iran, not Kirchner, was behind the assassination of Nisman; whether or not that is the case, there is ample evidence of Iranian interference in Argentina.
As we’ve written recently in the context of the Middle East, the West has been regarding the nuclear negotiations as a period of truce with Iran, while Iran seems to have taken them as a green light for worldwide adventurism. However the facts shake out, the murder-espionage drama in Argentina is a timely reminder of just what Iran is capable of.