The United States Senate adjourned for the year yesterday; it did not move the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014 out of committee, and therefore did not pass this important bill. The House overwhelmingly passed its version of the bill several months ago. Given the current situation in Latin America, where Hezbollah, a Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization, is rapidly expanding its operations there, with no visible push-back from the US, the Senate's failure to strengthen the law should be regarded as a major failure to deploy an additional tool to suppress Hezbollah in America's backyard.
Should Hezbollah strike inside the United States, there will be much hand-wringing in Washington, and you can bet that the bill will be refiled, and passed forthwith, but that will be after the fact. One sincerely hopes that the failure to pass this bill was intentional, and was not due to the behind-the-scenes efforts of senior US politicians not wanting to further agitate Hezbollah, for this group does not have American interests at heart.
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