The United States is in a unique position of authority and targeting for terrorist organizations. The beacon of hope, that shining city upon a hill, is the hope, desire, and want of so many less than free individuals around the world. Though controversy remains and our own Constitution continues to be beaten down and stepped on (arguably) by those in power, the essence and the ideal of the American spirit remains a beacon of hope to many. This hope threatens those with ill intentions, demands actions by those that wish ill, and provides a visible goal for terrorists.

The aforementioned is all known, understandably, to anyone willing to pay just a bit of attention to the coverage of world events. No, the United State is not unique in its efforts to combat terrorism and its need to be vigilant (within the confines of the rule of law). In combating the efforts and thwarting terrorists from Iran, Chechnya, Pakistan, and other countries around the world with radical ties, there needs to be a sharing of information between allies and a united (though not necessarily reliant) position on what will occur. Argentina, a country which has seen its share of terrorist attacks, could have helped in providing this information and helping to piece together the complicated web of connections that are terrorism. But, recently and much to the anger of Republicans, the Argentinian cooperation ceased to exist leaving the United States with one less tool in aiding in the fight against external evil.

In 1994, anti-Semitic actions of Iranian influenced groups resulted in the bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina. The result was 85 deaths and multiple injuries. Argentina has one of the most open and welcoming climates for Jews in Latin America, making it a target to the anti-Israeli Iran. The United States was hoping to learn more about the attack from the Government Prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who appeared ready and willing, even excited, to share his findings regarding Iran’s involvement in the attack. Argentina President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, however, chose instead to put an end to this interaction and asserted that Nisman would not be testifying in front of US Congressional committees or sharing information with leaders on Capitol Hill. This is just another setback in the greater war on terror and raises the question of who are allies are in this global fight.