5 Acquitted in ’94 Bombing of a Jewish Center in Argentina

The verdict was reached 10 years after the attack on the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association, which killed 85 people and wounded more than 300 in what remains the deadliest anti-Semitic incident anywhere since World War II.

For months, prominent Jews had warned that judicial misconduct and an official cover-up were ruining a true inquiry and preventing the main culprits from facing justice.

Carlos Saúl Menem, who was president of Argentina at the time of the bombing, at first blamed Islamic extremists from Iran.

Governments that came to power after he left office in 1999 have accused Mr. Menem of deliberately ignoring promising leads that might have implicated the state intelligence apparatus and other groups loyal to him.

In their final ruling, the judges asked for an inquiry into the conduct of his minister of the interior, Carlos Carach.

There are a number of “funny things” going on with South America that I think should be of concern beyond the “Nazi settlements” that showed up after WWII. More specifically I would be very concerned about the attempts of the Islamists to “infiltrate” and establish new bases and contacts.

Let me again clarify that I do not believe that all Muslims are bad or evil, but there is a huge problem right now with the continued emergence of fundamentalism as the “voice of Islam.”

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