The Bolivian Government Cannot Hide Ahmad Vahidi
The fact remains that if Bolivia knew about the Interpol warrant for Vahidi, it was bound by international law to detain him. Bolivia violated international law not only because it officially invited a wanted criminal to Bolivia, but also because once it knew of the warrant it did not immediately detain Vahidi. According to the minister of justice and other government officials, they did not know. For Guillermo Borger, the president of AMIA, ”… as worrisome as the presence of Vahidi in Bolivia, is the fact that the Bolivian government would say that they didn't know who Vahidi was.”
Initially, Argentine President Cristina Fernández and Foreign Minister Héctor Timmerman strongly condemned Vahidi’s visit and canceled upcoming meetings with Evo Morales. However, during the past week their response has mellowed and meetings between the two presidents have been rescheduled for June 30. Argentina and Bolivia have strong economic ties, as Bolivia is one of the main providers of natural gas to energy stressed Argentina. Worse yet, there are reports that Iran is asking the Argentine government to cool down the bombing investigation in return for stronger economic relations between the two countries.
Not only international law but Bolivian law has been violated. According to the new Bolivian transparency laws, this omission can be interpreted as incumplimiento de funciones. Evo Morales, whose MAS party is involved with the detention or suspension of almost all opposition governors through legal proceedings, could be charged on these grounds.
Bolivia’s ongoing relations with Iran are being scrutinized by the foreign community. Israeli sources have documented deposits of uranium in Bolivia and have speculated that this is another reason for the growing ties between the two countries. Vahidi is one of the main promoters of Iran's nuclear program as well as a strong proponent of the development of vectorial nuclear arms systems. Considering this, it is extremely dangerous that Vahidi has offered military support to Bolivia.
Bolivia currently has very tense relations with Chile, due to the fact that Chile took away Bolivia's sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean in the 1879 war. Bolivia is demanding that the OAS rule on this issue. However, Bolivia has started to use much more aggressive and threatening language recently.
There is continued international pressure on Evo Morales to clarify events surrounding Vahidi’s Bolivian visit . There is an important initiative of DAIA (Delegation of Israelite Associations of Argentina) which will be presented in the next OAS (Organization of American States) meeting. The world might do well to remember Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."