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Europe Gives Terrorists Hezbollah a Pass

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 15, 2013

Since Barack Obama and his Leftist allies are intent on turning the United States into a European clone, it is instructive to review the moral decay that has become Europe.

Europe has often hid behind appeasement to wish away the problems of tyrants and dictators.  The most grotesque example was its attempt to appease Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.  That flawed strategy is directly responsible for the death of tens of millions of Europeans.  Unfortunately, the Leftists in academia have written this reality out of the history books.

Europe continues doubling down on the strategy of appeasement.  A recent example is its handling of the terrorist organization Hezbollah, as discussed in an op-ed by The Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby titled Europe’s Hezbollah Cowardice.  Jacoby lists some of Hezbollah responsible killings including:

  • 1983 bombings of the American embassy, US Marine barracks, and a French compound in Beirut, Lebanon killing nearly 400.
  • The hijack of TWA Flight 847.
  • Murdering US servicemen in Saudi Arabia.
  • Bombing a Jewish committee center in Argentina.
  • The bombing of a bus in Bulgaria killing five Israeli and a Bulgarian.
  • Working with the terrorist mullahs in Iran and the tyrant Assad of Syria.
  • Ongoing rocketing of Israeli.

Hezbollah has been so brutal that in 2008 the Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, said: “they make al-Qaeda look like a minor-league team.”

Still, with all of the blood on Hezbollah’s hands Europe refuses to classify them as a terrorist organization.  While Europe’s cowardice is likely a feeble attempt at self-preservation, attempting to limit terrorism on its soil, it would be well to heed the words of Winston Churchill who said of appeasement: “Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.  All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured.”

As Jacoby correctly concludes concerning Europe’s latest bout of appeasement: “The moral stench of that rationalization is almost as repellent as its stupidity.  Yes, Hezbollah’s foremost targets are Jews and the Jewish state – it has always proclaimed the destruction of Israel as its goal – but have Europeans still not figured out that while Nazis and the Nazi-like start by killing Jews, they rarely end with them?”  So, Barack Obama would have us become more like Europe.  It is obvious who that would comfort.


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