"People are trying to graft the narrative for Hezbollah's trajectory onto an individual. I think that for Hezbollah, as for its patron Iran, terrorism is an instrument of statecraft and foreign policy and when it’s going to be useful, it's employed, but when it’s not going to be useful, it's not... Hezbollah can keep claiming they've made this transformation, but terrorism is in their DNA."

-- Bruce Hoffman

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