Hezbollah being implicated in a bus bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last July is now putting pressure on the European Union to take a tougher stance against the Lebanon-based, Iran-funded "Party of Allah.
Findings from a six-month probe into the attack, announced Tuesday by Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, found "obvious links between two of the attackers and Hezbollah.
Hezbollah is a terrorist proxy of Iranfunded, trained and armed by the Iranian government. But like Hamas in Gaza and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, it has attained some political legitimacy in the coalition government in Lebanon.
The United States, Israel and Canada classify Hezbollah as a terrorist entity. Among Europes main governments, only the Netherlands labels it a terrorist organization. Britain condemns Hezbollahs military wing, but not its political party in Lebanon.
The Belgian bus bomb investigation is now putting more pressure on the EU to change its standpoint. Essentially, Europe is being urged: You have been hit on your turf. Reconsider your outlook on terrorist entities. (continue reading...)(...more)