"Mister Correa, don’t come back"
The steps of falsehood of Ecuador’s President in Argentina, his comments on the terrorist attempt of the AMIA and defense of Iran; Correa’s grave political and moral errors of comparing crimes to diminish tragedies along with his insults and nonsense.

Buenos Aires, December 7, 2012.-

The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, visited Argentina. His comments on Iran, the terrorist acts committed in Argentina and his method of comparing crimes to diminish the gravity of the events demonstrate substantial political and moral flaws. These are quite alarming when they are committed by one who has the responsibility of an entire country, that being South American, shares important initiatives with our country.

Mister Correa maintained that the terrorist attack against AMIA was a painful act for Argentina and immediately affirmed: “Go and see how many died in the NATO bombing of Libya. Then we will compare things and see where the real danger lies”. Among his other comments he stated that, Iran was a democracy and in any case if it had any defect it was minor when compared with the absolute monarchies allied with the United States.

Mister Correa makes some major mistakes. He uses a comparison method to minimize what he wants using sleight of hand. His reasoning sums up to: “True, Pedro killed Juan. However, Roberto was assassinated by Gustavo. Poor Juan! Even though the one we should convict is Gustavo, the terrible assassin of Roberto”.

As you can see, you cannot make heads or tails of this; you cannot even say this is a sophism. This is nonsense.  But, theses “errors” are far from being scientific errors.  Logical nonsense changes its character when the actors are 85 Argentines assassinated, the government of Iran, United States and the Libyan Mohammed Kaddafi.  In effect, Mister Correa, in an example of deductive talent, stated that because Kaddafi (the terrorist that blew up a plane with 259 passengers) was attacked by NATO planes, the Iranians (suspected of the death of 85 innocent people) deserved to be understood.

The nonsense becomes complicit. Applying the faulty logic of Mister Correa, it could be said that since the United States invaded Guatemala in 1954 it is not that bad that their Twin Towers were destroyed.  Tomorrow, the same president could state that because Israel committed serious crimes in Lebanon, it would not be farfetched for Mister Mohammad Ahmadinejad (symbol of the values of the anti-empire fight so named by certain so called progressives) to launch an atomic bomb on Tel Aviv. In the same manner, a fascist could say: “True, the dictatorship was responsible for 30,000 missing people, that is painful but, it saved us from the real danger of communism under Stalin’s rule which was responsible for more 700,000 executions between 1936 and 1938”.

But, reader, I don’t think this is about tough logic or nonsense disguised by sophisticated forms of sophism. Mister Correa simply defends his interests. I confess, between us, I do not know exactly what they are. Intuitively, I believe they have to do with Iran, with his commercial and financial ties, and the collaborative strategy being constructed by various countries in the region with the paradise of the ayatollahs.

Mister Correa has come to tell us, in our home, that because the United States commits condemnable acts we should not complain excessively about the assassinations committed by the Iranian government on our soil (strange anti-empire gesture from a president that accepts the USD as the currency of his country).

In other words, the Ecuadorian president has insulted us and in the process has defended one of the most sinister political characters on the planet. An oppressor of his own people, an activist that denies the Holocaust, a frightening simulator that continues developing nuclear capabilities that are no longer justifiable under the umbrella of experimental or pacific investigations.

Why would Argentina like to deepen its ties with Mister Correa?  Is there a greater motive that we don’t know about? Is there a State reason that justifies accepting in silence these insults?
Since what has occurred is grave, our Government should help us understand. We need it, especially when there are developing conversations with the government of Iran, which are, to use a kind word, strange. Why would Iranians allow personalities from that country (possible presidential candidates) to be judged for their probable crimes in Argentina?

None of these questions are insignificant. They all revolve around a terrorist attack on our soil. The attack looked like it came from another country and not a terrorist group. There have been wars in the world for less than this.  And, to complete the picture, Mister Correa comes to defend Iran while the Government negotiates with the Country aggressor.

Some time ago, I believe it was two years ago, I asked a secretary of state from one of the countries in the region that is part of the cordial agreement with Iran to explain that policy to me.  I told him that they had to be careful from once again converting our region into a zone of interest in terms of security. We had all suffered when that had occurred and our memories were still fresh to call upon the Devil.  I repeated one of my favorite phrases that I had learned from my friend Nestor: “one thing is to see it coming another is to beckon it to come”.

The statesman avoided answering and I avoided his silence. It offends us.  Many of my countrymen do not believe that one’s crimes are justified or can be ignored for the crimes of others. Imagine, Mister President, a society organized on such principles, sooner or later disappear killing one another off.

Dante Caputo former Argentine Secretary of State

Source: Human Rights Watch

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