The Ministry of Defense explained why the armed forces could not intervene in Rosario
Sergio Rossi, Secretary for Strategy and Military Affairs, mentioned that it is necessary to “state and external threats”.
Faced with the upsurge of violence suffered by Rosario, opposition political leaders have insisted that the armed forces must intervene in the city to put an end to drug conflicts. However, Sergio Rossi, Secretary of Strategy and Military Affairs of the Ministry of Defense, ruled out this possibility.
“The law says that the armed forces are there for their main mission, which is to repel external threats. The regulatory decree says that the threat must be state and external. Then there are two articles of that state, which are the armed forces. At the request of the authorities and in the context of necessity, the internal security services can support,” Rossi said in an interview with LT9.
With regard to these exceptions, the official explained that they are “work support, logistics, in the most serious case of dictating a State siege, or in a state of shock, if all others are overwhelmed. Even in a disaster or emergency, as in the Santa Fe flood.”
Despite this, he declared that “the armed forces are not preparing for these actions”.
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Rossi criticized the leaders of the opposition, in particular Patricia Bullrich, saying “one of the voices that said that the armed forces should be sent also says that the Falklands should change vaccines for Pfizer vaccines they have released, they have less. It echoes the same voice and the same kind of coherence.” The statement that Rossi alludes to was made by the PRO president in April 2021, when he criticized the handling of the pandemic by the national government.
“The problem is complex, you have to intervene more. You don’t remove the screw with a hammer, the armed forces are not made of it. How did this work in Colombia and Mexico? Wrong. In the United States, Armiger. The forces do not fight drug trafficking,” he pointed out.
“After the end of the Cold War, the United States of America developed the doctrine of armed Latin America to fight with the community or those who seemed politically wrong to them. That would mix in Argentina with its military cycle and we would have the problems we had,” he recalled.