Today in the New York Times: “Despite Alarm by U.S., Europe Lets Hezbollah Operate Openly.”
Okay. To begin with, let’s just get this out of the way, that is a terrible headline. The idea that “Europe” (I’m assuming that is supposed to be the EU, but why get into specifics) could “let” or “not let” Hezbollah, a political party with democratically elected members in the Lebanese government, operate “openly” is ridiculous. They’re part of the government! What would the plan be here? To have the US go into a sovereign nation that it’s not (yet, who knows with those guys) at war with and tear apart its government? Great plan!
Washington and Jerusalem insist that Hezbollah is an Iranian-backed terrorist organization with bloody hands, and that it is working closely with Tehran to train, arm and finance the Syrian military’s lethal repression of the uprising there. Yet, the European Union continues to treat it foremost as a Lebanese political and social movement.
PPPPCCRRHHHWWWW!!! That is the sound of my brain exploding! I am going to try to not be sarcastic here, so: perhaps the reason why the European Union treats Hezbollah foremost as a Lebanese political and social movement is precisely because it is a Lebanese political and social movement (???).
Israeli and American officials have attributed the Bulgarian bus bombing last month that killed six people, including five Israeli tourists, to Hezbollah and Iran, saying it was part of a clandestine offensive that has included plots in Thailand, India, Cyprus and elsewhere.
Oh really? That’s weird because on the next page of the article, it says, “Hezbollah’s defenders note that no hard evidence has been produced tying the group to the Bulgarian bus bombing.” So is there evidence or not? If there is, why isn’t that discussed in this paragraph of the article? (And in what way is bombing a bus “clandestine”? Ugghh let’s not even get into it.)
Hezbollah has maintained a low profile in Europe since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,
Umm so it’s kept a low profile (except for all of these clandestine efforts) for 11 years. What a nefarious plan! Step 1: get elected to the government. Step 2: but also keep a low profile for 11 years. Step 3: while keeping a low profile, bomb a bus.
quietly holding meetings and raising money that goes to Lebanon, where officials use it for an array of activities — building schools and clinics, delivering social services and,
GASP! Not…building SCHOOLS!? And clinics?! SOCIAL SERVICES?!
Western intelligence agencies say, carrying out terrorist attacks.
Oh. Hmm. Who are these Western intelligence agencies? I’m just wondering because it seems like the EU intelligence agencies don’t agree? Maybe it’s time to exchange info?
Skeptics here in Europe say that as Hezbollah has become more political the group has moved away from its terrorist past, if not forsaken it entirely, and that Israel is stoking fears as it seeks to justify an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
HMMMM. What’s that? No, I doubt that’s the case. That’s pretty far-fetched! I mean, what a conspiracy theory!
Not to put too fine a point on it, and I certainly don’t want to have to bring up the past, but: let’s not forget that Hezbollah formed in response to Israel’s 1982 invasion into Lebanon. Why the US is still pretending that it doesn’t understand why nations that get attacked form groups to counter those attacks is seriously bizarre. Why, the US acting like Hezbollah is issuing drone strikes and assassinating Lebanese citizens without a trial! [SNAP!]