Ecuadorian President Claims NATO More Dangerous Than Terrorists
On Tuesday, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa told an Argentinian news channel that NATO forces were more dangerous than the Iranian terrorists who bombed a Buenos Aires Jewish center in 1994. According to The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, when Argentina’s News Channel C5N asked Correa about the 1994 bombing he said that it was “a very painful part of Argentina’s history.” However, he said, “Look at how many died in the NATO bombings of Libya. If we compare these two events, we can see where the true danger lies.”
According to The Buenos Aires Herald, The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned Correa’s remarks, saying that Correa had attempted to justify the bombing. The Herald quotes Shimon Samuels, the group’s international relations director as saying, “Correa’s disdainful words against the victims of the terrorist attack sponsored by Iran, speaks for itself.”
The Herald also reports that e DAIA Jewish community organization said it “regretted” Correa’s statements. Its president, Julio Schlosser urged Argentina’s government to condemn Correa’s statements publically. According to The JTA, American Jewish Committee Executive David Harris also condemned Correa for his statements, saying, “To compare a terror attack to a military campaign to assist Libyans seeking to overthrow a tyrannical despot is outrageous.” He also called Correa’s comparison “disgraceful assault on the memory of the 85 who perished.”
The World Jewish Congress reports that Correa also “defended Ecuador’s close relationship with Iran.” It quotes him as saying, “some traditional ally nations are unconditional of the United States which doesn’t even hold elections. The media doesn’t say a word about that. At least here is a flagrant case of double morals”.
Correa also defended the limitations he has placed on media outlets. According to The Merco Press, when asked whether or not the restrictions he was placing on television and radio signals in his country was a violation of the right to free speech, he said, “There is no free and independent press if it is subject to private interests and the whims of capital”. He claimed that businesses had too much power in Ecuador at presented himself as a victim.
“When they criticize the government all the time it is freedom of expression, he said, “but when a president dares to reply it is an attack on the freedom of expression: this is but an overwhelming and cheeky double moral.”
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