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Reader comment on item: Weak Brits, Tough French

Submitted by Luis Bekes (Argentina), Jul 23, 2005 at 22:25

Dear Mr. Pipes:

I am writing from Argentina. On July 18, 1994 a car bomb hit the most important Jewish cultural and health care organization in downtown Buenos Aires killing 85 people and injuring more than 300 Argentinians of different creeds. That was the most lethal terrorist act in the country and the second of Muslim origin (in the first, March 18, 1992, the terrorists hit the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires).

Even though the Argentine government was unable to discover who the terrorists were, albeit US and Israeli help, a link was traced to the Iranian embassy and an international search warrant was issued to capture eleven Iranian diplomats.

Interpol identified one of the supected terrorist-diplomats living and studying in Scotland as a non diplomat. Argentina asked for his extradition which was denied by the British government on the ground of unfulfilled rules of procedures or similar excuses.

Had that person be located in France, I have no doubts that the French government would have been more colaborative than the British.

Therefore my title of comments: YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.


Luis Bekes

PS: Please, forgive my mistakes writing in English.

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