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There’s an important discussion to be had about Hezbollah—but it’s not through the lens of Westminster politics

If only we bothered to gaze up from Westminster, we’d discover a more nuanced debate about terrorism, peace and the messy diplomacy of talking to people we don’t like

By Steve Bloomfield  

Supporters of Hezbollah demonstrate in Beirut. Photo: PA

Within hours of Sajid Javid’s announcement earlier this week that the political wing of the Lebanese Islamist movement, Hezbollah, would be designated as a terrorist group, the debate swiftly moved away from the Middle East. There was no discussion about what this would mean for Lebanon’s political stability; not a word about whether it would help or hinder efforts to bring peace to neighbouring Syria; barely a whisper about its impact on Israel.

Instead, it was framed as a domestic political…

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