As American officials sound the alarm over what they call a resurgent threat from the Shiite terrorist group Hizballah, thousands of its members and supporters operate with few restrictions in Europe, raising money that is funneled to the group’s leadership in Lebanon, The New York Times
reported Thursday, August 16. Washington and Jerusalem insist that Hizballah is an Iranian-backed terrorist organization, 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.
The E.U.’s unwillingness to place the group on its list of terrorist organizations is complicating the West’s efforts to deal with last month’s bus bombing in Bulgaria and the Syrian conflict.