Why Europe Won't Name Terrorists

(New York Post) Benny Avni - Under pressure from Washington, Europe is finally edging toward calling Hizbullah - one of the world's leading terrorist organizations - a terrorist organization. Some in Paris and Berlin say that Hizbullah is part of Lebanon's legitimate political-party structure. Yet the Shiite group and its allies managed to gain majorities in Lebanon's parliament only after assassinating Christian or Sunni opponents. But the Europeans also have more practical reasons to avoid confrontation with Hizbullah. France, Italy and others sent thousands of troops for the UN mission deployed in southern Lebanon after the 2006 Israeli-Hizbullah war. Upsetting the terrorists could lead to major confrontations that would endanger these soldiers.

2013-02-19 00:00:00

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