After a year and a half of conflict, and despite some 40,000 deaths, the world still stands impotent to end the bloodshed in Syria. With Russia and China reviving their recurring role as United Nations Security Council obstructionists, concerned countries have been forced to seek out meaningful measures of their own. And while the United States and Europe have been unified on sanctions designed to cut off funding to the Assad regime, the Europeans have left one main artery of support pumping. It’s time for the European Union to designate Lebanon’s Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, and in so doing, cut off one of the only reliable lifelines Assad has left.
According to the U.S. State Department, Hezbollah has since the early days of the current unrest been providing “training, advice and extensive logistical support” to the Assad regime. The America’s U.N. ambassador Susan Rice has called Hezbollah operatives “part of Assad’s killing machine” who “prop up a murderous and desperate dictator.” And, just last week, in a newly released letter, a group of 20 Syrian dissidents, activists and rebels, some of whom are still risking their lives in Syria, have themselves implored the EU to designate and sanction Hezbollah for its “cynical and barbaric support of a mass murdering regime.”