Now lets see if the EU is up to the task in placing them on the terrorist list.
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Three Cheers for Bulgaria’s Indictment of Hezbollah’s Terror
Sofia, Bulgaria — Defying substantial German and French pressure to not explicitly name Hezbollah as the terror group behind the bombing of a tour bus that killed one Bulgarian national and five Israelis in July 2012, the Bulgarian authorities have blamed Hezbollah operatives for the murders.
Bulgaria’s interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov declared, “We have established that the two were members of the militant wing of Hezbollah,” and, “There is data showing the financing and connection between Hezbollah and the two suspects.”
Bizarrely, the French and German governments have seriously watered down their counterterrorism policies and refused thus far to include Hezbollah in the EU’s terror list. The major continental European powers have showed no desire to stop thousands of Hezbollah members from raising funds within Europe. The money is funneled back to the headquarters of the Lebanon-based terror entity to aid the militia in its murderous enterprise.
In response to the finding, Representative Ed Royce (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement: “Now that Hezbollah has been found responsible for an attack on a European Union member nation, the EU must designate it as a terrorist organization. Failure to do so will only give these killers the opportunity to further organize, recruit, raise funds, and carry out additional terrorist attacks across the continent.”
He rightly termed the EU’s failure to outlaw Hezbollah “incomprehensible” and noted that, “The EU’s indefensible policy on Hezbollah makes defending all of us from Iranian-backed terrorism even more difficult.”