Germany’s no stranger to totalitarian regimes and murderous factions.
It’s surprising, therefore, that the previous home of a painter named Adolf is refusing to declare Hezbollah a terrorist group. So much for lessons learned.
As reported by Reuters:
Germany will not follow Britain’s lead in declaring Iran-backed Hezbollah a terrorist organization, a senior official was quoted as saying on Friday, a decision that may fuel tensions with Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Minister of State Niels Annen told weekly news magazine Der Spiegel that the Shi’ite Muslim Islamist movement remained a relevant factor in Lebanese society and the European Union had already added its military wing to a list of proscribed groups in 2013. …
Long the most powerful group in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s influence has expanded at home and in the region. It controls three of 30 ministries in the government led by Western-backed Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, the largest number ever.
Previously, the UK had categorized Hezbollah into “military” and “political” wings. But last month, that grouping was replaced by a recognition of the Shi’ite supremacist lot as full-on terrorists.
Rooted in Iran, Hezbollah has significantly extended its reach over the years, as was noted in 2017 by Politico:
[“Operation Cassandra” was] launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.
Sounds like a swell buncha folks.
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