Syria’s civil war has left the region’s revolutionary axis vulnerable. Tehran and Hezbollah are pursuing an even more aggressive strategy against their perceived enemies. Apart from putting more pressure on Tehran, designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in the EU would help Western powers dry up financial sources in several European countries.
By Niklas Anzinger & Ludwig Jung
The revolutionary axis of Syria, Hamas, Iran, and Hezbollah has been undermined due to the crisis of the Assad regime. Assad´s future remains uncertain and Hamas has already loosened its commitment to Tehran. In addition to actively supporting the Assad regime against the opposition, Tehran has strengthened ties with Hezbollah, whose role, as Assad fades, becomes increasingly important.
Ever since its emergence, Hezbollah has been able to build a state within the state of Lebanon. Besides a shadow economy and all-out control over large territories in southern Lebanon, global terrorism is its business. Its strategy of violence dates back to its emergence and many attacks, including the US Embassy attack in Beirut, the bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, the hijacking of planes, and assassinations, can be linked to the radical Shiite organization. In 2012 the axis intensified its global terror campaign against Israeli and Jewish targets.