The New York Post editorializes:
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer says he gave his hechsher to Chuck Hagel’s bid for defense secretary after the nominee convinced him that he’d toughened his views on Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.
Yesterday, Bulgaria blamed Hezbollah for a terror attack there last year — the bombing of a tourist bus that killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian driver. Sofia’s declaration is highly embarrassing for the European Union, which has resisted labeling Hezbollah a terrorist outfit. But it should also be embarrassing for Schumer and Hagel.
Back in 2006, the two senators were on opposite sides when Schumer signed, and Hagel refused to sign, a letter urging the EU to label Hezbollah terrorists. Schumer says he doesn’t hold that against Hagel, because the latter assured him that his views have changed since “five, six years ago.”
As Schumer explained it, Hagel told him the reason he’s changed is that “Iran is a different country. Hezbollah and Hamas are different organizations.”
Really? Different? In 1983, a Hezbollah bombing in Beirut killed 241 US servicemen. In the 1990s, a Hezbollah attack on the Israeli embassy in Argentina killed 29 and another on a Jewish center there killed 85. In 2006, Hezbollah fired countless rockets into northern Israel.
Whole thing here.