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EU to Shun ‘Bad Hezbollah,’ Deal Only with ‘Good Hezbollah’

From an EU point of view—at least as expressed by some members—you cut your ties with Hezbollah—you might as well cut off all of Lebanon.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is introducing a new, equally mad and hilarious (hence the Loony-Tune image) policy, which would have made Neville Chamberlain blush.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is introducing a new, equally mad and hilarious (hence the Loony-Tune image) policy, which would have made Neville Chamberlain blush.

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The European Union is planning to vote on Thursday to blacklist Hezbollah’s “military wing” as a terrorist organization, while at the same time placing a stamp of approval on something they call the “Hezbollah political party.” The proposal, like most of the fun things coming out of the EU, is the brainchild of its foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, EU diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday.

The vote Thursday comes in the wake of a statement by Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev, on the eve of the first anniversary of the terrorist attack in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver. The Bulgarian yes-Hezbollah, no-Hezbollah take on the attack had more to do with the changes in its hopelessly stalemated parliament, than with the facts as police investigators have been calling them.

So, for now, unless someone further to the left of him jumps in and says otherwise, Minister Yovchev is pointing the finger at Hezbollah for the deadly assault.

Speaking at a press conference in Bulgaria Wednesday, Yovchev said that his country stands by its findings that Hezbollah was behind the attack. He also stated clearly that additional evidence had become available corroborating the previous government’s findings, released in February, that Hezbollah was the mastermind.

A miracle in Sophia: both right- and left-wing Bulgarians now blame Hezbollah.

That’s a terrible thing Hezbollah has done, agrees the EU, or, mostly agrees foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, but, you know, Hezbollah is not only about terrorism. It’s a movement, and, in fact, it’s a great political movement, possibly the most dominant in Lebanon.

Conceived by Muslim clerics and funded by Iran as a reaction to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the early 1980s, Hezbollah has since grown to acquire seats in the Lebanese government, a radio and a satellite television-station, and programs for social development for the poor Shiite in Lebanon, whom it is able to mobilize in demonstrations of hundreds of thousands. The national unity government formed in 2008 awarded Hezbollah and its allies eleven out of thirty cabinets seats, which means they have veto power over everything that goes on in that country.

In other words, from an EU point of view—at least as expressed by some members—you cut your ties with Hezbollah—you might as well cut off all of Lebanon. The country would become destabilized (Hezbollah knows destabilizing) and all the development projects and investments there could be lost.

In May, the U.K. asked for Hezbollah to be put on the EU terror list, citing the evidence we’re all familiar with that it was behind the deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria last year.

The British proposal has now gained new urgency, following reports of Hezbollah’s deep involvement in the Syrian civil war, on the side of the despot al-Assad who makes a habit of sending his airforce to bomb civilians, in addition to the run-of-the-mill artillery shelling.

Diplomats say France and Germany support the British proposal. But the vote on blacklisting requires a unanimous vote, and, according to a recent Reuters report, Austria, the Czech Republic and Ireland have been voicing their reservations.

Two EU diplomats told Reuters the new, creative (shall we say “ingenious”?) proposal suggests including a statement that, while condemning the terrorist arm of Hezbollah in no uncertain words, the EU “should continue dialogue with all political parties in Lebanon” and maintain funding to Beirut.

“The proposal on the table makes it clear the EU is serious about responding to terrorist attacks on its soil,” a diplomat, from a country in favor of blacklisting Hezbollah, told Reuters. But, naturally, dialog must go on with the civilian Hezbollah.

Obviously, the Ashton gang back in Brussels is taking a page out of the playbook of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, where the British government accepted and negotiated with Sinn Féin as the political arm of the IRA, even while all the other arms of the same group were planting bombs in London.

But Hezbollah is no longer just a militia—it’s a country. To somehow divide between the military and political Hezbollah would require ignoring the fact that both are run by the same man: Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah. Ashton is actually proposing to create two avatars: Bad Nasrallah, condemned and blacklisted, and Good Nasrallah, political leader and an equal partner in negotiations between Lebanon and the EU.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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5 Responses to “EU to Shun ‘Bad Hezbollah,’ Deal Only with ‘Good Hezbollah’”

  1. Liz Wagner says:

    Any minute now, Obama will make the same pitch for Hamas, here, in the U.S.

  2. Hpela says:

    When reading articles such as this, it is sometimes helpful to take a step back and look at the big picture. It is interesting to see how all other problems a country can have can take a backseat in relationship to the impact Islam has on them. In truth, Islam isn’t that big a problem, or even that big a religion. It is what you “think” that matters. In truth, in relationship to Islam, the countries that have a problem with the way Islam impacts their infrastructure in a profound, intense, negative, daily manner are those that are at war with Islam. So if we do a check

  3. Hpela says:

    When reading articles such as this, it is sometimes helpful to take a step back and look at the big picture. It is interesting to see how all other problems a country can have can take a backseat in relationship to the impact Islam has on them. In truth, Islam isn’t that big a problem, or even that big a religion. It is what you “think” that matters. In truth, in relationship to Islam, the countries that have a problem with the way Islam impacts their infrastructure in a profound, intense, negative, daily manner are those that are at war with Islam. So if we do a checklist, it becomes interesting to see who we are talking about. In recent, or not too distant past, the following nations have been at war, with themselves, over Islam: Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, maybe even Jordan. The nations that choose Islam result in infighting and regional distabilization. In short: the Middle East is unstable. Next, if we examine Europe, ever since the EU was formed there have been problems. Countries going bankrupt, etc. When you visit Europe you find, on quite a practical level that they are simply not as advanced as America. They do not have the same availability of goods, period. Additionally, they have had to deal with the realtime logistical difficulties of dealing with the impact that Islam has on a society not accustomed to having personal religious beliefs of a minority threaten to overwell the very actions of their everyday life. In this instances, North Americans should thank Europeans for sparing them the torturous role of being the frontrunner of dealing with these issues without the benefit of having someone who has already gone through it so you don’t have to learn every lesson from scratch. Europe is not to be envied; no matter what they say, they are not doing so well. But again, look at the big picture, or better yet, actually take the time to look at a map of the world and see for yourself; the Middle East,as described as the nations in conflict with themselves over Islam, and Europe, are not the whole world, or combined, even a very big part of it. It is actually a small part. What should happen is those that are for Israel, should stay for Israel. For those that are for Israel, the time is now to work ceaselessly for the benefit of Israel, and not look back.

  4. David Bonin says:

    what is all this bull s… about bad Hezbollah and good Hezbollah? / A criminal is a criminal, period, also I am unable to register on newish press. H E L P. will not accept my email address or PW>.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ashton hypocrecy? is a excuse of the British Imperium what is happening in the Midle East today.

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