Time for EU to call Hezbollah a terrorist group

MiamiHerald.com 7 February 2013
By BRIAN SIEGAL

Last July, a bomb went off in Burgas, Bulgaria, killing five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver, and wounding dozens more. After a six-month investigation, Bulgaria has confirmed what many suspected : the atrocity was carried out and financed by the Lebanese-based Muslim group Hezbollah, whose anti-Semitic and anti-Western ideology is well known. The thorough and professional investigation, which did not shy away from pinpointing the villain, reflects great credit on Bulgaria.

Until now, the European Union has refused to designate Hezbollah, founded by Iran in 1982, as a terrorist organization. Two of its member states —the United Kingdom and the Netherlands — do so designate it, as do the U.S., Canada, and Australia. (continue reading...)