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Letter: Threat to Latin America should alarm Robinson

Eugene Robinson’s Jan. 15 column criticized the death of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani because of possible repercussions by Iran. If anything alarms Robinson it should be Iran’s influence south of the border.

During the 1990’s Iran used Hezbollah as a proxy for two successful terrorist attacks in Buenos Aires. Twenty-nine people died in the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy and 85 people were killed in the 1994 bombing of the Jewish cultural center.

Today there are “cultural centers” in Latin America that spread Iranian propaganda to radicalize Latin American youth.

Hopefully the assassination of Soleimani, who is responsible for the murder of over 600 Americans, will give Latin American countries a message they won’t ignore. If not, Iran’s foothold next door is what should really alarm Robinson, not the death of an evil assassin.

Elinor Weiss

East Amherst

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