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Phares in Berlin: on Hezbollah and Takfiris Terror PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 July 2008

Walid Phares
Walid Phares

"Hezbollah and the Takfiris are both Terrorizing civilians in Lebanon"

International Terrorism Expert Professor Walid Phares conducted several meetings in Berlin during his European tour that began in Rome discussing among other issues the rise of radicalism in the Middle East and in Lebanon. Phares, who is the guest of the European Foundation for Democracy met a number of German legislators at the Bundestag including  Dr Hans Peter Uhl, Stephan Mayer and Alexander Philip from the majority in Parliament. He also met with high ranking officials at the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

In his briefings, Professor Phares reviewed the present state of crisis in Lebanon and analyzed the evolution of events particularly since May 7 when Hezbollah forces invaded parts of the capital and assaulted the Mountain districts. Comparing the emergence of the two fundamentalist forces, Phares said: "from the reactions of Lebanese civil society which we can see and hear clearly Lebanon is being submitted to two types of fundamentalist violence, the one produced by the Takfiri groups associated with al Qaeda, and also from the forces of Hezbollah as well. But while the international community, and particularly Europe were traditionally defining the Takfiris as Terrorist groups, it is only lately that Hezbollah is being identified as a Terror group." The reason, said Phares, "is not really a change operated by Europeans in as much it is a reflection of Lebanese reactions to the action of the organization. For when the pro-Iranian militia began its assaults against the civilian population, public opinion turned naturally against it. We have statements by political, religious, labor, and youth leaders describing the May attacks as Terrorists. So even if an organization has members in the Lebanese Parliament, the fact that it engaged in anti civilian extreme violence actually identifies all of the organization, as Terrorist. In short, concluded Phares "whoever terrorizes a civilian population is a Terrorist."      

Berlin, 3rd of July 2008, CRNews

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