Kirchner Administration Protects Terrorism
By Maria Zaldivar *
With indignation and embarrassment I have followed the reaction of Rafael Bielsa,
the Argentinean Foreign Minister and congressional candidate, to an article
about Argentina that was published several weeks ago by The Wall Street Journal.
Members of the Peronist Party have, among others, the bad habit of
authoritarianism. The Minister-Candidate showed off his talent for this when he
attacked the columnist Mary Anastasia O’Grady.
But why do I ascribe authoritarianism to the Peronists? Because they do not
disagree, they disqualify; they do not debate, they criticize; they do not
discuss, they accuse; they do not reason, they mandate; and many of them do not
think, they obey. They simply obey.
The Minister-Candidate called Anastasia O’Grady everything but a liar. But
unfortunately so, for his article is a clear reflection of Argentina under
President Kirchner. In fact, the world today lacks Argentina as an ally in the
fight for the cause of liberty not only because the nation protects terrorists,
but also because Argentina at present harasses the members of our armed and
security forces, because it defends the dictatorships of Latin America and
sanctions the seizure of private property. Argentina today justifies the
guerilla fighting of the 1970s because many of our current officials, such as
the Minister-Candidate, were its protagonists and resisted the struggle against
terrorism undertaken by the United States, these individuals having much more
sympathy for the terrorism than they did for the latter country. In these ways,
as well, the Republic of Argentina protects terrorists.
The Minister-Candidate has forgotten his past as a montonero, just as he forgot
Hilda Molina in her Cuban paradise, just as he forgot, in the expediency of his
visit to Havana, to receive Cuban dissidents. These are, in fact, acts of a
coherent ideology, as not long ago Bielsa was heard to say, “It does not matter
to me that human rights are violated in Cuba.” Yet we all know that Bielsa’s
true motive is different: choosing between the human rights of some anonymous
and only potentially threatening neoliberal and the reverential fear which he
and his employer hold for Fidel Castro, Bielsa prefers to devote himself to
avoiding the anger of the dictator. He would do exactly the same if Hilda Molina
and a hundred thousand more were rotting away in one or in 300 Cuban prisons.
Abuse and misuse of power are constant features of the Argentinean political
class of the last decades. Now, Bielsa has broken into the international scene
with pure Peronist tactics: with the “squeezing” of journalism, that pressure
which we who demand the chance to exercise freely our duty to inform suffer
every day in this suffered ex-republic.
A clarification for your readers: we are many in Argentina who disdain the
Peronist contempt for the law and our institutions, we are many who believe in
liberalism as an optimal formula for cohesion, many also who deplore this
pattern of officials with neither personal quality nor political ability.
* Maria Zaldivar is a television journalist with Canal Magazine, Multicanal and
Direct TV in Buenos Aires Argentina.