An Iran that doesn’t exist

Carlos Telleldin’s case symbolized the long arm of Iranian terrorism (

As the Biden administration eyes reentering the nuclear deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, it received a couple of reminders recently of the dangers of trusting such states. 

On Dec. 23, an Argentine federal court acquitted Carlos Telleldin, who was “charged with supplying the truck that was used in the deadly terrorist bombing of the [Argentine Israelite Mutual Association] Jewish center [in Buenos Aires] on July 18, 1994, in which 85 people were murdered and more than 300 wounded.” The following day, two judges in Pakistan’s Sindh region ordered the release of Omar Sheikh, who was convicted of being “the mastermind of the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl” in 2002, along with three collaborators. 

The first case was an example of the blood on Iran’s hands and the world’s inability or unwillingness to hold Tehran accountable. Toby Dershowitz, senior vice president for government relations and strategy at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, noted that “Argentina was on its way to achieving a measure of justice when [prosecutor] Alberto Nisman provided granular evidence that Iran conceived the plan to bomb the AMIA. Interpol issued red notices for senior Iranian officials. And, after 25 years, Argentina finally officially designated Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy that carried out Iran’s plot, as a terrorist entity. With that, assets could be frozen and reputationally, Hezbollah could no longer get away with calling itself a humanitarian organization. The veil of protection was lifted. Many around the world rallied around the quest for justice in the AMIA case. Iran’s role was hardly in doubt. Argentina even considered amending its laws to allow a trial in absentia.” 

And then, in January 2015, Nisman was killed while preparing to “present compelling evidence to the Argentine Congress implicating Cristina [Fernandez de Kirchner] in a plot to erase Iran’s role in the AMIA attack.” Telleldin’s acquittal in December added insult to injury, and highlighted the consequences of protecting, rather than isolating, Iran on the world stage.

Read the rest in the Washington Examiner magazine.

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