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The demise of Hamas and the cancer of Islamic fundamentalism

The terror group’s humiliating end may mark the beginning of a new era.

Hamas operatives surrender to Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, Dec. 12, 2023. Credit: IDF.
Hamas operatives surrender to Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, Dec. 12, 2023. Credit: IDF.
Erfan Fard
Erfan Fard is a counter-terrorism analyst and Middle East Studies researcher based in Washington, D.C.

Many leftist intellectuals are currently in denial. They don’t understand that Islamic fundamentalism is a cancer within human society. It consciously rejects democracy, human rights, voting and parliamentary systems.

The language and logic of Islamic fundamentalism are based on coercion, dictatorship, crime, intimidation, violence and barbarism. It cannot comprehend the meaning of peace, stability or honoring agreements.

In recent days, a series of compelling video clips from Gaza have been circulating on social media, depicting a significant turn of events: Various Hamas terrorists surrendering to Israeli soldiers in and around the city of Jabalia.

The images show men stripped down to their underwear, blindfolded, with their hands securely bound behind their backs. Some are shown being transported in an Israeli military vehicle.

These visuals not only signify the defeat of Hamas but also highlight the terrorists’ reluctance to persist in an absurd conflict in the name of “resistance.” The stark images convey not just the end of a terrorist organization but also the evident weariness of those who were once committed to continuing hostilities.

On Friday, the Israel Defense Forces intensified their encirclement of Hamas forces in the central areas of the city of Khan Yunis. The writing on the wall was clear: Hamas has been disgraced. Its propaganda, supported by Iran, Turkey and Qatar, has crumbled in the face of reality.

Breaking through Hamas’s defensive line and reaching the center of Khan Yunis, the Israeli army destroyed the terrorists’ safe haven. Israel has now intimated that it will soon fill Hamas’s terror tunnels—constructed at the expense of the Iranian people—with seawater in order to drown the terrified murderers inside and put an end to Hamas’s destructive ideology once and for all.

From a realistic standpoint, there are two ways to counter Islamic fundamentalism:

  1. Sit passively and witness the destruction of one’s country and society.
  2. Understand that the path to survival lies in confronting and defeating Islamic fundamentalism and Islamic terrorism.

Hamas’s disgrace echoes that of Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolt. Khomeini, at the height of his folly, sought to export his catastrophic rebellion to the civilized world, resulting in a devastating war with Iraq. The deranged mullah ultimately died in infamy and his desire to rule the world was buried with him. Unfortunately, his ambitions left Iran’s ancient civilization devastated.

Khomeini’s heirs armed and bankrolled Hamas, and now, we are witnessing its demise. Iran’s current leader Ali Khamenei, as much a symbol of religious fascism as his predecessor, fears that his decrepit regime may be next. Khamenei, the head of the snake, and his minions may well finally understand that Israel is a reality and is not going away.

The rise and fall of Hamas are a cautionary tale for 21st-century humanity. We have seen the collapse of fascism and communism, and we may now be on the brink of witnessing the downfall of Islamic radicalism, Islamic terrorism and Khomeinism.

Lamentably, a significant obstacle to this desirable outcome is the media. Certain outlets have actively propagated Hamas’s narrative, in some cases unwittingly becoming accomplices to acts of terrorism.

Throughout the ongoing conflict, Hamas has adeptly manipulated media coverage, using it as a strategic tool to advance its propaganda. The group strategically disseminates images and narratives that evoke sympathy for its cause, conveniently omitting the darker and more sinister aspects of its operations. This underscores the critical role the media plays in shaping perceptions and emphasizes the need for responsible journalism in the face of destructive ideologies.

The international community must distinguish between authentic journalism and inadvertent collaboration. Failing to do so risks glamorizing and sanitizing terrorism, eroding the fundamental principles of truth and justice that the media is duty-bound to uphold.

The collapse and humiliation of Hamas serve as a poignant reminder that our efforts against terrorism extend beyond the battlefield. We must also vigilantly safeguard the truth. Media platforms should not unintentionally amplify destructive ideologies. In the pursuit of a safer and more just world, truth must triumph over sensationalism, and media outlets must unwaveringly uphold the values of accuracy, impartiality and integrity.

Eventually, the tyrannical Iranian theocracy will fall as well. But to secure a democratic future for Iran, Israel’s resistance to Hamas must be emulated. Naturally, the clerical tyrants will persist in their destructive actions until the last possible moment. Nonetheless, their cancer must be eliminated. Any retreat in the face of this threat will inevitably lead to more destruction and death.

Over the past 50 years, Israel has fought against terrorists like Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Iran’s Quds Force and others. The Iranian regime itself must be fought in the same way. Just imagine the fanatical terrorist mullahs captured and filmed without pants. Hopefully, the Israelis and the Iranians themselves will put an end to Hamas and Khomeinism’s destructive ideology once and for all.

The opinions and facts presented in this article are those of the author, and neither JNS nor its partners assume any responsibility for them.
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