In contrast to France, Germany has been reluctant to list or act against Hezbollah. Until very recently, Germany allowed Hezbollah to run an organization called the Orphans Project Lebanon which raised funds for families of suicide bombers involved in killing Israelis. A 2009 report from the European Foundation for Democracy, titled "Hezbollah's fund-raising Organization in Germany," revealed that the Orphans Project Lebanon, situated in Gottingen, Lower Saxony, is "the German branch of a Hezbollah sub-organization that 'promotes suicide bombings' and aims to destroy Israel." See: http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Israel-plays-key-role-to-Berlin-Hezbollah-terror-label-314452 Germany has also allowed Hezbollah to operate a television broadcast 'Al-Manar TV. France banned Al-Manar programming because of anti-Semitic. See: http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Israel-plays-key-role-to-Berlin-Hezbollah-terror-label-314452
|Train station hit by Hezbollah/photo: www.idfblog.com|
It goes without saying, but the risk of allowing Hezbollah a safe haven in Berlin or any other city in Germany increases the potential they will use unconventional weapons in terrorists tactics in Europe. Unfortunately, with biological warfare agents, it is likely any 'weaponized' agent will have been provided to Hezbollah by either Iran or Syria. The sophistication of the weaponized agent, perhaps developed in a military laboratory is therefore more concerning from a mass casualty perspective. The release of a biological agent in a subway system, airport or other enclosed mass transit area could be an immediate global health issue. Problematic is not only the stance Germany has taken on Hezbollah, but its seemingly laid back approach to Syria's biological weapon programs and the link between Hezbollah and Syria. This is particularly disturbing given the current conflict in Syria and the potential for Assad to transfer sections of his BW programs to Hezbollah and Iran. Lack of initiative on the part of Germany places the global community at risk of unconventional attacks.
Should Hezbollah or returning fighters from Syria (Germany as well as the Netherlands has disproportionate rates of nationals returning from the front), decide to use biological agents in an attack, several of the known agents which Syria and Iran work on, are highly transmissible. As Assad crosses the red line and uses chemical weapons, it is not out of the question to consider Hezbollah using a BW agent against targets in Germany. Even a low-level hit with a weapon developed at the SSRC or in Tehran would be an immediate global health concern. As Germany turns a blind eye to Syria's biological weapon programs, the close relationship they have shared for decades with the Syrian regime, the large numbers of German nationals currently fighting in Syria and the large number of Hezbollah allowed to live in Germany, they put us all at risk.
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