After a suicide-bomber killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the Israelis are (again) asking the European Union to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Europe (again) refuses to do so.
Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, the foreign minister of Cyprus just 30 minutes off Lebanon’s coast, says Europe would consider adding Hezbollah to the list of banned terrorist organization “if there were tangible evidence of Hezbollah engaging in acts of terror.”
Let’s just pretend for the sake of argument that terrorism against Israelis is somehow different from terrorism against anyone else. What about the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik Hariri in downtown Beirut, a brazen act of terrorism for which Hezbollah has been indicted by the United Nations?
Still not good enough?
How about Hezbollah’s invasion of Beirut in May of 2008?
What about Hezbollah’s plot to destroy the Hyatt Tower in downtown Baku with a series of car bombs?
Its first act of terrorism was the destruction of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in 1983. I could sit here all day and list all the incidents between then and now, but I won’t. European officials know perfectly well what Hezbollah has done. Their refusal to blacklist it has nothing to do with their ignorance or with Hezbollah’s innocence.
UPDATE: Walter Russell Mead adds:
[T]he EU has at least provided a new answer to an old question.
Q: What do you call something if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck?
A: A political wing.