In search of the 'Islamic menace' in Bolivia

Aljazeera.com 1 March 2012
By Belen Fernandez

La Paz, Bolivia - Were I transcribing the wet dream of US Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen - self-appointed bulwark against the alleged Islamo-Bolivarian threat to homeland security - I might describe my arrival to La Paz two weeks ago as follows:

Descending from the city of El Alto into the Bolivian capital, my bus was stopped by a battalion of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

All passengers were required to pledge simultaneous allegiance to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Adolf Hitler, and Evo Morales. Once the Iranians had verified that there were no Jewish businesspeople on board available for kidnapping, the vehicle was allowed to pass.

Our progress was once again interrupted, however, by a parade of Iranian diplomats, whose infestation of Bolivia began when the Islamic Republic made the alarming decision to open embassies in Latin America - something no other country in the world has done. Augmenting the infestation are the more than two dozen Iranian diplomatic offspring who have reportedly been enrolled in the international school in La Paz.

I finally checked into a hostel in the city centre and turned on the television to find that the only available channel was HispanTV, Iran's new Spanish-language extremist propaganda disseminator.

I turned off the TV, sat back, and waited for the bomb to explode.

The possibility of a bomb in La Paz was raised in December 2011 by Ros-Lehtinen, co-star of a non-factual documentary entitled "La amenaza iraní" ("The Iranian Threat"), in which she insinuates that the US should attack Iran in order to avert bomb explosions in various Latin American capitals. The film was released by Univision, the prominent US broadcast network, which is owned by someone who hosts galas in honour of the Israeli military.

The Iranians meanwhile acquired a new rival in the realm of multilingual extremist propaganda dissemination earlier this month when - as Charles Davis has wryly noted - the Spanish-language Univision re-released its film in English.
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