The Iran-Hizbullah Terror Connection: What Must Be Done

(Jerusalem Post) Irwin Cotler - Given the clear and compelling evidence of the escalating Iranian state sponsorship of international terrorism - and of the complicity of Hizbullah - the question arises: What can the international community do to combat this dangerous wave of international terror? First, all states have the responsibility to invoke the legal, diplomatic, economic and political instruments at their disposal to confront Iranian terrorist aggression. These include increasing bilateral and multilateral diplomatic and economic sanctions; the mobilization of political pressure to isolate the Iranian regime as a pariah among the nations; the naming and shaming of the Iranian perpetrators and their Hizbullah proxies to combat plausible Iranian deniability of their culpability; and the bringing of these perpetrators to justice. In addition, the EU must finally blacklist the Hizbullah terror group, as Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands have done, lest it make a mockery of the rule of law and encourage further Hizbullah terrorism. We must act now to hold Iran and Hizbullah to account, lest more lives be lost. The writer, a professor of law (emeritus) at McGill University, is a former minister of justice and attorney-general of Canada.

2013-07-12 00:00:00

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