Don't Forget, or Deny, Hizbullah's Brutal Crimes

(National Post) Matthew Levitt - For the victims of Hizbullah terrorism, this week is a painful one. While the world was focused on horrifying attacks in France, Germany and across the Middle East, a grim anniversary on July 18th went little noticed. In 1994, Hizbullah carried out the suicide truck bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, killing 85 and wounding 300 people. Eighteen years later, the group struck again, this time blowing up a busload of Israeli tourists at the airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, killing seven and wounding 32 others. Despite overwhelming evidence, Hizbullah has denied responsibility for these (and many other) attacks. Contrary to its denials, Hizbullah continues to engage in illicit activities around the world. This week, as we mark the anniversary of two of Hizbullah's most spectacular attacks on opposite sides of the globe - from Bulgaria to Argentina - it is high time to a call spade a spade: Hizbullah is a social and political movement in Lebanon, but engages in terrorist, military, criminal activities there, and around the world. Its legitimate activities in Lebanon should not be a free pass for its illegitimate conduct.

2016-07-21 00:00:00

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