EU ban on Hezbollah shows why psychopaths fail
When Hezbollah's hatred led to a terrorist attack in Europe last year, the atrocity was always going to come back to haunt them
Finally, some good news about the European Union and terrorism in the Middle East. The 28 nation bloc has announced that it is banning Hezbollah's military wing, a potentially serious blow to the violent anti-Semitic terror group since it will now be illegal for them to receive funds from anyone in an EU country.
Of course, that opening line needs re-phrasing. We are not witness to "good news about the European Union and terrorism in the Middle East"; we're witnessing "good news about the European Union and terrorism in Europe".
The move comes in the wake of an appalling terror attack by Hezbollah last year in Bulgaria aimed at Israelis and which left six people dead. The attack shocked a country with a thriving tourism industry and gave warning to others in Europe that Hezbollah now felt it could do as it pleased anywhere in the world.
There's an obvious moral question about adopting a maxim that says terrorism in the Middle East is less of a problem than terrorism in Europe -- if Hezbollah had stuck to slaughtering people on their own patch, their military wing would not have been banned -- but let's leave that aside for now and ponder this instead: what does all this tell us about Hezbollah?
It tells us that psychopathic groups motivated by psychopathic ideologies are always liable to trip up because of that central facet of the psychopathic mind-set -- the inability to empathise; to see the world through other people's eyes.
Hezbollah should have known that spilling blood in Europe risked serious consequences. The Americans have been pressuring them for ages to at least ban the military wing -- the political wing was not banned. But once European governments were faced with the argument that terrorist atrocities in Europe could easily have been financed by monies raised in Europe, there was always a strong chance they would move to ban.
Hezbollah just couldn't work this rather obvious logic through. Motivated by blind hatred, they simply went about their murderous ways, believing they could get away with it scot free; a sense of invincibility being another typical characteristic of the psychopath.
It is good that they have received this rebuff.
The next step must be to push the EU for a full and complete ban so as to include Hezbollah's so-called political wing. The distinction between military and political wings is a fiction when dealing with such groups, and it is important that all implied legitimacy accorded to Hezbollah is withdrawn.
We're half way there.
Robin Shepherd is the owner/publisher of The Commentator. Follow him on Twitter @RobinShepherd1
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