Opinion- Did Europe Stop Terror, Or Just Rename It?

So Europe finally labelled a Middle East terrorist organization, “terrorists.” But one British group doesn’t think they went far enough, and I agree. At the center of the issue is the blacklisting of Hezbollah’s “military wing” by the European Union. Of course, the problem is that Hezbollah is not two groups – political and militant – but one: terrorist.

“Whilst I welcome the news that the EU is proscribing some of Hezbollah, I am left questioning what about the rest,” Zionist Federation Chairman Paul Charney asked in a press release. “Since it is and always has been a single organic terrorist organization, then how does this help?”

“The EU has made an irrelevant distinction and should proscribe Hezbollah immediately in its entirety.”

The Zionist Federation’s UK branch pointed out that Hezbollah’s own deputy leader, Naim Qassem, said in 2009:

“Hezbollah has a single leadership. All political, social and jihad work is tied to the decisions of this leadership.”

In other words, putting sanctions on half of Hezbollah, and not all of it, enables the group to act as its own front organization. To launder its own money. It’s like saying the mafia is ok, it’s just their violent members who have to leave town. What’s to stop Hezbollah from funneling money and resources to itself?

This matters to you because Hezbollah has attempted terror attacks around the world. A bus bombing in Europe last year targeting Israeli tourists is a key reason why the EU did anything.

Stockpiling missiles aimed at Israeli cities, helping the Syrian regime massacre it’s own people, and violently imposing its will on Lebanon make Hezbollah one of the biggest trouble-makers in the Middle East. That’s not good for oil and gas prices, and it’s risking a major war in the region that could see US or European troops get involved.

True, the EU’s blacklisting of part of Hezbollah is better than nothing. But while the Zionist Federation in the UK was grateful for that, they also noted in their press release, “Proscribing Hezbollah’s military wing does not effectively counter terrorism.”

If you live in Europe, why don’t you let your parliament know what you think?

(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, July 24, 2013)

What do you think?