But nothing justifies Hezbollah’s attempts to murder tourists; one of those
killed in Bulgaria was a pregnant woman. Nor should a democratic community such
as the European Union tolerate terrorist attacks on its territory by an
established organization such as Hezbollah, which seeks recognition as a
legitimate political movement worthy of governing Lebanon.
The United States, which long ago designated Hezbollah as a terrorist
organization, has been pressing European leaders to do the same so that the
group’s funds in European banks and other financial assets can be targeted.
Several governments, led by France, have resisted; they worry that sanctions
could further destabilize Lebanon or subject European peacekeepers in the south
of that country to reprisals. Bulgaria’s findings should end the debate.
Inaction would mean accepting that Europe can be a free-fire zone for Iran and
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