The title of an Al-Jazeera article released on February 5, 2013 is “Hezbollah suspected in Bulgaria BUS BOMBING” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/02/20132515350158754.html).
“Bulgaria has POINTED AN ACCUSING FINGER AT the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah over a bus bombing last July (2012) that KILLED five Israeli tourists”.
“Tsvetan Tsevtnov, Bulgarian interior minister, said on Tuesday (February 5, 2013) that two of the suspects had entered the country respectively with an Australian and a Canadian passport”. WHOA. This is DEEPLY troubling because we usually associate Hezbollah and other al-Qaeda linked terror groups with THE MIDDLE EAST but now they have expanded into more WESTERN nations.
“We have established that the two were members of the MILITARY wing of Hezbollah” or “the” VIOLENT “wing”. “They had Canadian and Australian passports … [and] lived in Lebanon since 2006 and 2010″ respectively.
“Speaking after a meeting of the country’s National Security Council, Tsevtnov said Bulgaria EXPECTS “the government of LEBANON (?) to ASSIST” in the investigation”. Is this A REASONABLE EXPECTATION given that there are so many ASSAD loyalists in Lebanon (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI)?
“Following his comments, Najib Mikati, Lebanese prime minister, said in a statement: “Lebanon TRUSTS (?) that the Bulgarian authorities will undertake A SERIOUS EVALUATION of the results of the investigation and affirms that it is ready to cooperate with Bulgaria to shed light on the circumstances” of the attack”. Can we “trust” POLITICIANS?
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu released the following statement: “This is yet a further corroboration of what we have already known, that Hezbollah and its IRANIAN patrons are orchestrating a worldwide campaign of terror that is spanning countries and continents. The attack in Burgas was only one of A SERIES OF recent terrorist operations against civilians in Thailand, Kenya, Turkey, India, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Georgia. All this is happening in parallel to the DEADLY support given by Hezbollah and Iran to the MURDEROUS Assad regime in Syria”.
“in a statement released before it was urged to take action”, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: “The bloc (the EU) needs time for “a reflection over the outcome” of Bulgaria’s investigation”.
“John Kerry, US secretary of state, discussed the threat with Ashton and a spokeswoman said in Washington that Ashton “knows where we (the United States wants) want to go“.
“Separately, John Brennan, the White House adviser on counterterrorism, urged Europe to disrupt Hezbollah’s terrorist networks and commended Bulgaria for its “professional and COMPREHENSIVE (?)” investigation”. Was this “investigation comprehensive?” Again, this is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The US helped in the investigation at the request of the Bulgarian government”.
Finally, “Rob Wainwright, Europol director, said the investigators found NO direct links to Iran or to any al-Qaeda-affiliated group”.
“In an interview to the Associated Press news agency, Wainwright said forensic evidence, intelligence sources and patterns in past attacks all point to Hezbollah’s involvement in the blast”.
“The Bulgarian authorities are making QUITE A STRONG ASSUMPTION that this is the work of Hezbollah”. Does Wainwright have any other ideas?
“From what I’ve seen of the case – from the VERY STRONG, OBVIOUS links to Lebanon, from the modus operandi of the terrorist attack and from other intelligence that we see – I think that is a REASONABLE assumption“. Of course, IT’S IMPORTANT to be “reasonable”. IRRATIONAL people are very hard to be around.
As we know, Hezbollah is A TERRORIST GROUP/ORGANIZATION affiliated with al-Qaeda. They are clearly still VERY RELEVANT and even EXPANDING their operations, AFTER their leader OSAMA BIN LADEN was killed.