Nisman: an unpunished crime that continues to embarrass us
It is likely that we will never know precisely how Alberto Natalio Nisman’s death occurred, but the suicide hypothesis is so absurd that it does not deserve the slightest consideration. To maintain that he was murdered does not imply imputing the authorship to anyone in particular. Yes, there is no doubt that this death is a tragic consequence of the infamous agreement between the government of Cristina Kirchner and the Iranian regime. This is not simply a historical fact, because its ominous shadow continues to cast itself over the present. We have seen it these days, when the Argentine ambassador to Nicaragua shared the act of resumption of dictator Daniel Ortega with Mohsen Rezai, current deputy minister of Economic Affairs of Iran, charged by the Argentine justice system with being one of the masterminds of the attack on the AMIA.
What was the purpose of that misguidance of our foreign policy? Many hypotheses have been considered, but the passage of time seems to support the one that indicates that, apart from other personal advantages that may be suspected for the Kirchner family and their entourage, the agreement was part of a Copernican turn regarding the international alignments of the Argentina. Kirchnerism has always felt more comfortable with authoritarian regimes. Just look at his friendships in Latin America.
It is worth remembering how the conclusion of the memorandum was perceived in Iran. In a newspaper editorial Teheran Times of that time it was celebrated as “a great triumph of the government of Iran and a blow against Zionism and the United States”.
Alberto Fernández has maintained in relation to this subject a perfect coherence with his career: constantly changed his mind. He said in 2013 that the memorandum was a means to cover up the perpetrators of the attack (even those who always lie, even carelessly, sometimes tell the truth). On February 18, 2015, being a Massista (that is, then, a strong opponent of Kirchnerism), he participated in the March of Silence a month after Nisman’s death. None of us who attended that moving demonstration under heavy rain maintained that the prosecutor had committed suicide. Two years later, in a Netflix documentary on Nisman’s death, he began to soften: “To this day, I doubt he killed himself.” There were probably already negotiations with Kirchnerism. In August 2019, already a candidate for Kirchnerism, he accelerated the somersault: “If they killed him, it was not Cristina’s government.” And on December 30 of that year he closed the circle of infamy: “I am convinced (that) it was a suicide, after much doubt.”
Meanwhile, the agreement was declared unconstitutional by the Federal Chamber in 2014. The decision of then President Mauricio Macri not to appeal that decision made it stand firm. But the arrival of a new Kirchner government has only delayed and hampered the investigations..
It may be that we will never know exactly what happened that night in Alberto Nisman’s apartment. However, we must not give up for a minute in our demand for truth and justice. And, what is more important for our future, we must use all the tools of democracy (the vote, in the first place, but also an active exercise of opinion and citizen control) to prevent Argentina from leaning towards a group of countries in which values opposed to those of our Constitution, our history and our conformation prevail. We will have no destiny if we take dictatorships or authoritarian populist regimes as models. Only within the framework of republican democracy is there not only freedom, but also the opportunity to achieve, through work, merit and creativity, better levels of quality of life.
National Deputy (mc), president Just Cause Civil Association