The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Treasury Department Targets Global Drug Cartel, Hezbollah

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Two Lebanese money-exchange houses have moved millions of dollars in drug money through the US financial system to profit the terrorist organization Hezbollah. The Treasury Department has blacklisted them both and charged Hezbollah, the self-proclaimed protectors of Shia Muslims against the evil US-Israeli menace, of operating like an international drug cartel. The WSJ reports:

One of the exchange houses, Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange, moved nearly $30 million in drug proceeds through the U.S. since 2008, according to Treasury and DEA officials. The company’s owner, Haitham Rmeiti, has also emerged as “a key facilitator for wiring money and transferring Hezbollah funds,” the Treasury and DEA said.

The second exchange, Halawi Exchange Co., meanwhile, was facilitating the shipment of more than $220 million of used cars, which originated in the U.S., into the West African country of Benin last year as part of the same drug-trafficking operation, U.S. officials alleged.

The alleged trafficker, suspected of working with both Hezbollah and Los Zetas, the detestable Mexican drug gang that has destroyed thousands of lives, is charged with trafficking tens of thousands of kilograms of cocaine all over the world. Apparently, Hezbollah has upped its international drug trade activity to offset reduced funding from Iran.

Of course, this noble “Party of God”, which claims to fight for Lebanon’s poor against the “Zionist entity” to the south, is moving millions to strengthen the murderous forces of Butcher Assad while lining the pockets of the most violent and contemptible gang in the Western hemisphere.

Naturally, this is all only the “armed wing” of Hezbollah. The “political wing” is a responsible, legitimate party of Southern Lebanon’s democracy that provides succor to the poor. Which is why the EU, those masters of subtle distinctions, still refuses to call it a terrorist group.

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Published on April 25, 2013 1:45 pm
  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.a.saltiel Jason Ariel Saltiel

    Yet another reason to end the war on drugs…and the ten billionth reason the EU should blacklist Hezbo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Lea/579129865 Luke Lea

    Didn’t I read a couple of months back that major US banks were guilty of aiding and abetting these kinds of criminal activity? Secret bank accounts, off-shore tax havens, shell corporations — these perfectly legally practices may help the super-wealthy shelter or even conceal (no!) their incomes from the tax collector, but they also enable international criminal organizations to operate. Maybe it’s time the US and its major European allies no longer tolerated secret banks accounts, off-shore tax havens, and shell corporations. The price is too high.

  • J R Yankovic

    Great fun – and on target as usual re those noble protectors of helpless Arabs (quick quick: name the one historical ethnic group that’s been more oppressed than the Arabs. You guessed it – the Chinese!) against the merciless fascist predator colonialist Israeli state.