In U.S., Bazzi Says Sanctions on Hizbullah MPs a 'Threat to Democracy'

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MP Ali Bazzi of the Development and Liberation bloc on Tuesday described the recent U.S. sanctions on two Hizbullah MPs as a “threat to democracy.”

Bazzi voiced his remarks in Washington where he is leading a parliamentary delegation at an invitation from the U.S. Congress. He is representing Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

“When a state imposes sanctions on MPs from another state, this is a threat to democracy and a categorization of people according to the interests of a certain country, which contradicts with the principles of democracy,” Bazzi said, addressing parliamentary delegations from more than 20 countries, in the presence of members of the U.S. Congress.

He added: “George Washington fought the British occupation for the sake of freedom and independence, and also in my country there are people who resisted and are resisting occupation and terrorism, because they are fond of freedom, national dignity and independence.”

The US Treasury placed two Hizbullah members of Lebanon's parliament on its sanctions blacklist last Tuesday -- the first time Washington has taken aim at the Iran-allied group's elected politicians.

Stepping up its effort to build global pressure on Hizbullah, the Treasury named MPs Amin Sherri and Mohammed Raad to a terror-related blacklist, saying that Hizbullah uses its parliamentary power to advance violent activities.

Also placed on the blacklist was Wafiq Safa, a top Hizbullah official close to the movement's Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. targeted three officials "who leverage their positions to facilitate Hizbullah and the Iranian regime's malign efforts to undermine Lebanese sovereignty."

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Thumb justin 5 months

He added: “George Washington fought the British occupation for the sake of freedom and independence, and also in my country there are people who resisted and are resisting occupation and terrorism, because they are fond of freedom, national dignity and independence.”

Who have guessed that hezbollah is fighting for our independence and national dignity in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Bahrain!

Thumb s.o.s 5 months

Bizza ila (sorry i have dyslexia today) is comparing his terrorist organization to George Washington and his war for independence? Well, the American fighters were actually mostly British subjects . So, by analogy, he’s trying to tell us that his fighters are Israelis ?

Perhaps he also wants to rename Beirut to Hassanville District of Dahye?

I have a question for this terrorist MP, how do you gain independence and dignity by blowing up busses in Bulgaria, Jews in Buenos Aires, and tourists in Thailand ?

And explain to me which drugs was George Washington selling? Weed or Captagon? Unless he was importing cocaine from Latin America too?

Thumb natour 5 months

When Hezbollah's thugs tore down the parliamentary election posters and beat up journalist and parliamentary candidate Ali Al-Amine, who as it happened was running on a ticket opposed to the one Mohammed Raad and Ali Bazzi himself were on, was that also a threat to democracy?

Thumb liberty 5 months

This lowlife talks about American democracy as if George Washington was Waliy Al Faqih.

Thumb warrior 5 months

Bazzi Says Sanctions on Hizbullah MPs a 'Threat to Democracy'

and what does a shia terrorist know about democracy to begin with?

Thumb ashtah 5 months

not a lot.

Thumb doodle-dude 5 months

hahaha the blablablablabla just passed by!

Thumb s.o.s 5 months

looool

Missing phillipo 5 months

And his and Berri's friends the Hizballah terrorists breaking Resolution 1701 by being south of the Litani is not a "threat to democracy".
Who does he think he is kidding?

Thumb justice 5 months

this shia terrorist should stfu!

Missing youssefhaddad 5 months

The main threat to Democracy is in having an armed militia with a totalitarian ideology and allegiance to a foreign leadership, the Iranian regime.
This time the United States is seriously focused on stopping Iranian perversion in the Region. Soon it will be followed by the presently appeasing European Nations.
We hope that the Iranian people will finally rebel against its oppressors who brought poverty and injustice to them in order to promote a costly agenda of hegemony in the Middle East.