Mark Figley: U.S. must support obliteration of Hamas

Like America’s 9/11, history will record that a similar event occurred on 10-7-23 during the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, when 1,500 Hamas terrorists invaded Israel by land, air, and sea in a violent spree which left over 1,000 Israelis dead and another 3,000 wounded.

This slaughter came under the cover of thousands of rockets fired simultaneously into Israel, reportedly in retaliation for Israel’s “desecration” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. But this invasion was about much more, and Israel has no alternative but to fight for its very survival against medieval barbarians.

Since 2006, these bitter enemies have engaged in four wars, most recently in 2021; however, the brutality most recently exhibited by Hamas fighters is unfathomable as it was primarily directed toward civilians.

Not only were the elderly, mothers, children and infants targeted, but at least 27 Americans were killed. Some 260 people alone were murdered at a weekend music festival. Upward of 150 hostages were also taken, including several U.S. citizens. And social media postings suggest that Hamas intends to sell its female captives into slavery.

The atrocities reminiscent of ISIS attacks included burning people alive, raping Israeli women next to their dead husbands, decapitating Israeli soldiers and babies, dragging bodies through the streets of Gaza and shooting handcuffed children to death. Additionally, some victims’ bodies were so disfigured that they were beyond recognition or identification. These horrific acts were committed solely to kill Jews in the largest single instance since the Holocaust.

This savage, cowardly attack came some 50 years after the 1973 Yom Kippur War launched against Israel by Egypt and Syria. It was undoubtedly sponsored by Iran to scuttle any possible normalization of Saudi-Israeli relations and to strike fear into Jews.

Sadly, the U.S. has been complicit in aiding Iran, which supplies 70% of Hamas’ support. Through the recent payment of $6 billion to Tehran for the release of six American hostages and economic sanction relief which has led to windfall oil profits, the Biden regime has actively appeased the world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Blinken suggested that no evidence exists that Iran was actively involved, Joe Biden spent Sunday following the attack hosting a White House barbeque and Barack Obama is missing in action.

Not surprisingly, reports have surfaced that Iran provided Hamas fighters with the necessary training for this operation since August. Much of the weaponry they used may have come from U.S. stockpiles left in Afghanistan. For its part, the U.S. has moved Navy warships and military aircraft to the region.

Like its sugar daddy Iran, Hamas has repressively ruled over the Gaza Strip’s 2,000,000 residents since 2007, exposing them to attack and welcoming casualties for political gain by launching missiles at Israel from inside schools and next to hospitals. Yet the Democrat “Squad” ignores these facts in calling for a prompt ceasefire which only benefits Hamas, whose charter unequivocally calls for destroying the Middle East’s only democratic state.

The vaunted two-state solution is dead. Hamas and Israel cannot co-exist. The depraved and unconscionable acts displayed by Hamas were not motivated by a desire for peace or the end of hostilities with Jewish neighbors. They were inspired by unadulterated hate for a nation they seek to eradicate as part of a civilizational battle.

This intense hostility similarly places America and the West in peril. It is most assuredly born out by reports linking Iranian backed terrorists to Mexican cartels, both of which are undoubtedly present on U.S. soil, compliments of Joe Biden’s failure to secure our southern border.

Now is not the time for the U.S. to publicly support Israel, but privately preach restraint. The UN has refused to condemn Hamas, mainstream media is intent on implanting an anti-Israel narrative and the moral rot of pro-Hamas rallies have seen calls for more violent action against Israel. All which proves that America must resolve to fully support the obliteration of Hamas and to eliminate our complacency in preparing for terrorist attacks that await us here at home.

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News.