Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Krichner is at it again on social media. Haaretz reports:
In one tweet, Kirchner wrote that she had asked the children which Shakespeare work they were reading, and they replied “Romeo and Juliet.” “I said, you have to read The Merchant of Venice to understand the vulture funds,” she tweeted, saying everyone laughed.
“No, don’t laugh. Usury and bloodsuckers have been immortalized in the greatest literature for centuries,” she tweeted.
Neither accusations of Jews manipulating global financial markets nor Kirchner’s far-fetched conspiracies are new. In 2013, she accused a Jewish community leader of having ties to a “foreign espionage agency” and having knowledge of “a new terror attack planned against Argentina”.
The “vulture funds” that Kirchner compares to Shylock are not the source of Argentina’s trouble. Rather, what the judge in that case characterized as a “diplomacy of default” and Kirchner’s subsequent mismanagement of her country’s resources and opportunities are the roots of the problem. Kirchner’s bizarre theories may help her distract some from her own political failures, but they’re certainly doing nothing to help the ill health of the body politic.
The quality of mercy may not be strain’d; neither, though, is the value of knowing when to stop digging.