Buenos Aires Weather | Don’t light up the dark
The Venezuelan plane with the Iranian crew, currently immobilized at Ezeiza International Airport, is a very interesting case study for the analysis of the deployment of a communication battle. Pure news, half-truths, omissions and directly fake news intertwine in a conceptual promiscuity specific to these situations where previous emotions convert everything that confirms preconceived ideas into truth.
A communications expert would likely be targeted, even if he was cynical, advising a government, “Don’t shine a light on the dark and shut up all your officials”, in the hope that some later news story (e.g. example the flag of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Speech of the Day, the Recoleta fire) will move the news of the plane into the headlines.
The same goes for the private companies to which the cargo brought to Argentina by the Emtrasur plane was heading – the Volkswagen people do not want to speak publicly while the automotive supplier Faurecia (the multinational supplier of Volkswagen importing seats and dashboards from Mexico for Volkswagen’s Taos model) do not deal directly with journalists, whether they call on the phone or drive to their factory in Berisso, the industrial suburb of La Plata.
The explanation would be that, given the lack of seats and dashboards (also in their Brazilian subsidiary to complete the units of the Taos model with a daily production of 200 finished vehicles), they had to fly them in from Mexico instead of bringing them by boat, since late deliveries are punishable by law.
A few days later, another shipment of auto parts for Faurecia/Volkswagen, also from Mexico, arrived on board another air cargo carrier, this time an American company, which would confirm that the imported auto parts were needed. and urgent.
Obviously, neither Faurecia nor Volkswagen are responsible for the fact that the international air freight forwarder Fracht USA first contracted a Venezuelan plane and then an American plane, while it is understandable that their leaders do not want to come out with explanations, in order to not to trigger further news linking their brand to something sinister according to public opinion. But limiting itself to a solitary press release which began by saying: “SAS Automotriz Argentina informs that it has no connection with the situation of the Boeing 747-300 cargo transport plane of Venezuelan origin” allowed the circulation of information contradicting the contents of the cargo of the Emtrasur aircraft.
The fact that the goods transported were genuine does not diminish the possibility that they were an alibi to conceal other purposes. With the 250,000 liters of fuel for a Boeing 747 costing around $300,000, to ultimately decide whether the Emtrasur flight made commercial sense or not would have to be whether there was a cargo contract with Argentina or passengers to bring back to Venezuela, Mexico or another destination.
The government of Venezuela, its embassy in Argentina and its standard bearer Conviasa, probably at the request of the Argentine government to try to take the matter off the agenda in the hope of not explaining anything either (probably because that would also darken the picture). that, without new information on the matter, the scandal will follow the same course as the alleged corruption of the Vaca Muerta pipeline being built by Techint, denounced by many of the same opposition members denouncing the Iranian plane and shelved 10 days later.
Worse than the lack of information is false information such as pilot Gholamreza Ghasemi being the namesake of a senior Iranian government official ‘because the pilot was 10 years younger’, says security minister Aníbal Fernandez. Without going that far, the antagonists of the government have also been sloppy in weighing the information. That the plane belongs to the airlines Mahan Air and Qeshm Fars Air while the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Washington Treasury Department sanctions “those who do business with Iranian airlines exposed to the application of the OFAC sanctions” does not imply that sanctions against legal persons (a company) also apply to natural persons (a pilot or a company director since Gholamreza Ghasemi was also the main director of the company) . The Iranian crew of the Emtrasur plane should themselves be charged with terrorism in order to be tried and/or extradited. In fact, there have been no red alerts or arrest warrants or legal proceedings against these individuals.
While nothing was denounced before the arrival of the plane, judge Federico Villena could still indict the Iranian pilot for any new crime committed in Argentina – an illegality such as espionage – with some evidence or via an appeal. transition to the “criminal” doctrine. law of the enemy”, the Feindstrafrecht as defined by German professor Günter Jakobs at a criminal law congress in Berlin in 1985, where he separated criminal law for ordinary citizens from enemies such as terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime and human trafficking. Jakobs denies these enemies the condition of “person” because for someone to be considered a citizen, he must give in exchange “some cognitive guarantee that he will behave like a person”. If such a guarantee does not exist, they will be subject to suspicion, regarding them as “the possible creator of unauthorized dangers and a potential enemy with their conduct characterized as creating a danger”. Something similar to the right of the police to detain suspicious persons, which cannot be argued without the existence of evidence. Instead of judging individuals for their past actions, the enemy’s criminal law preemptively dismisses them from society in light of their possible future actions. It has been widely used in the United States since the Twin Towers bombing in New York in 2001, when people began to become suspects solely because of their ethnicity or religion. Guantanamo prison was his climax.
In the Middle Ages, women accused of witchcraft were burned at the stake, but this was not always a gender bias. The character of the enemy of society has been approached by philosophers of the stature of Thomas Hobbes, Immanuel Kant or Jean-Jacques Rousseau and has always been controversial.
Other puzzling information indicated that fewer passengers had arrived than they had left, also triggering a wave of suspicion as the previous month the plane had been in Ciudad del Este, on the Paraguayan side of the Triple Border, in the center of South American terrorism. Paraguay’s Intelligence Minister Esteban Aquino’s decisive stance contrasts with the permissive way in which he had previously not only allowed the plane to land and depart without problems last month, but also allowed the Iranian crew to pass three days in this city without any restrictions.
Regarding the aircraft, rumor has it that the Argentine state will dismantle it and sell it to compensate the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks. In this case, they could continue with the Iranian Embassy in Argentina, located on Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3229 in Barrio Parque, opposite Franco Macri’s forever home.
While understandable given the wounds left by the attacks on the Israeli Embassy and the AMIA Jewish Community Center, it is always desirable to raise the level of discussion on such complex issues that demand the best of us.
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