Hezbollah trafficking in drugs and conflict diamonds should be reason enough for European Union sanctions. Europe would only be strengthening its own position in Lebanon, not giving Hezbollah a reason to grab total power. But if Hezbollah does make a move, it wouldn’t have been possible if the EU hadn’t been so permissive about their financing for so long.
Hezbollah goes far beyond Europe, and way beyond social welfare. The services they provide are funded by conflict diamonds and drug trafficking. Hezbollah offers armed protection of smuggled goods in hostile countries, plus facilitates hashish exports out of Lebanon for an elite club of Shiite clans entrenched in Lebanese organized crime.
Hezbollah works with the most powerful families in Southern Lebanon, with the resources and money to make Hezbollah’s operations possible. Iranian and Syrian cash is only part of the budget; Hezbollah deals with enough money to operate independently. The real…
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