It’s Time For the EU to Face the Truth About Hezbollah.
An Op-ED by Noah Beck.
“A state within a state,” Hezbollah has frequently ventured into unwarranted conflicts, dragging the rest of Lebanon into costly wars with Israel and now Syria. But if ordinary Lebanese aren’t confronting Hezbollah, it’s because — after their own bloody civil war (from 1975 to 1990) — they’re afraid to challenge the most lethally armed faction in the complex tinderbox that is Lebanon.
Bahrain recently became the first Arab country to do so. So why has the European Union failed to blacklist Hezbollah and halt the terror group’s operations on EU soil? In a word: appeasement. France fears Hezbollah retribution against French peacekeepers in Lebanon, and Germany worries about the many sleeper cells on its territory.