Jair Bolsonaro chose to be absolutely clear about the event that shook the world scene in recent hours: the death of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Quds Forces, an arm dependent on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard that operates and is responsible for terrorist attacks abroad. "Everything we can do to combat terrorism, we will do," said the Brazilian president. "Brazil cannot remain indifferent to this threat, which affects even South America," he added.
Bolsonaro was always close to the decisions of his American pair Donald Trump. This time, on such a sensitive issue – even for Latin America – I could not be indifferent. The president went beyond his peers in the region and linked Soleimani with one of the greatest extremist attacks suffered by the southern hemisphere in its recent history: the blasting of the headquarters of the Argentine Israel Mutual Association (AMIA).
“His previous life (that of Soleimani) focused largely on terrorism. And here in Brazil, our position is very simple: everything we can do to combat terrorism, we will do. He was a person who according to information here, would be involved in the attack on the AMIA, the Jewish entity in Argentina, "said the head of state. The definition surprised more than one. Strictly speaking, Soleimani does not appear in any record of the attack against AMIA occurred in July 1994. Although the former Iranian general did have close ties with members of Hezbollah – the Lebanese terrorist group – who participated in the attack in the Argentine capital.RELATED
The position adopted by Itamaraty was in the same direction. “Knowing the actions taken by the United States in recent days in Iraq, the Brazilian Government expresses its support for the fight against the scourge of terrorism and reiterates that this fight requires the cooperation of the entire international community without seeking any justification or relativization for terrorism Terrorism cannot be considered a problem restricted to the Middle East and developed countries, and Brazil cannot remain indifferent to this threat, which even affects South America. "
For some analysts, in the same direction, the proximity of the Quds Forces with Hezbollah should evoke greater sensitivity in Buenos Aires than in Brasilia. However, the Argentine Foreign Ministry issued a statement invoking concern for world peace, in which it neither condemns the bombing that ended the life of Soleimani nor does it refer to the participation of the Iranian leader in the foreign structure of harassment of other nations. Argentina was the victim of two planned terrorist attacks from Tehran to which Alberto Fernández's Ministry of Foreign Affairs refers, but did not support Washington's actions.
Despite this, they established: "The National Government urges the parties to the conflict to arrange for the measures to contain the tension and work towards a peaceful and negotiated exit that avoids escalations that put international security at risk." The contrast of both positions – the Brazilian and the Argentine – was the subject of conversation in several gatherings in the north.
Bolsonaro persisted despite some recommendations and voices against which he found within Itamaraty, the diplomatic headquarters. He was not convinced by the president: he preferred to maintain his alliance with the United States over passing speculation or over the fear that some have for the reprisals of Tehran.