Hamas Terror: Madness and Method

The deepest forms of evil committed against another person and/or people possess both a madness and a method.

During last week’s murderous terrorist attack by Hamas, the vilest atrocities were not solely the inevitable and desired result of generations of Palestinians being indoctrinated in homes, schools, and mosques to hate Jews and deem any act to destroy Israel, however inhuman, as justified. The madness did exacerbate the terrorists’ frenzied butchery, torture, rape, kidnapping of men, women, and children, and the desecration of bodies. It further led to the expansion of Hamas’ indiscriminate slaughter to anyone in their barbarous swath who they considered supportive of Israel (who may not be Jewish), such as American, German, and Brazilian concert goers and tourists, because Hamas’ despicable terrorist screed deems anyone who supports the Jewish state in any manner as their enemies and, ergo, deserving of death.

Still, some may wish to consider Hamas’ barbarity as a case of some terrorists becoming besotted by bloodlust, which allowed a handful of atrocities to be portrayed as the rule not the exception. But this would require overlooking Hamas’ barbaric method and its triumvirate of terrorist aims:

-Deepening of the depravity of their terrorist attack to raise its intimidation factor upon Israelis and their allies, the initial goal being to drive Israelis from the immediate area and preclude their return and, ultimately, the abandonment of Israel in total;

-Cementing Hamas as the leader of the pro-Palestinian movement; and

-Raising the bar of evil for other terrorist organizations and individuals to match – both inside and outside Israel.

How else to you explain Hamas filming their atrocities and proudly displaying them to the world?  Historically, as Allied troops were closing on the Third Reich, the Nazis sought to eradicate every trace of the Holocaust. Though rapt in the antisemitic madness and bloodlust of Hitler’s terrorist Reich that sought to methodically eradicate the totality of European Jewry, claiming over six million innocents as they did, these mass murderers feared the world becoming aware of their crimes and the ultimate justice the world would – and did – pronounce and exact upon them.

Not so Hamas, who deliberately displayed their depravity to the world. For Hamas, such videos were not proof of their crimes but propaganda for their cause. Disgustingly, they are being proven correct. Many in our world did not condemn, but rather celebrated the Hamas attack and atrocities, including in many American cities. Especially in the West, some of these perverse celebrations endeavored to portray themselves as supporting Palestine but not Hamas. Yet, these particular gatherings in support of Palestine have happened only after the terrorist attack and during Israel’s inevitable and justified defensive response in Gaza. In these world-wide “shows of Palestinian solidarity,” there is a paucity of denunciations of Hamas and its atrocities.

Further, some far-Left politicians, students at allegedly “elite” universities, and the regime media have denounced not Hamas but Israel, spewing “nuanced” excuses, caveats, rationalizations, justifications, and studied silence for Hamas’ terrorism; and a slew of projected accusations upon Israel.

In the wake of Hamas’ terrorist war of extermination upon Israel, we can be certain of one alarming fact: the Nazis knew that, if the world learned of their extermination of millions of Jewish people, they would be condemned; Hamas knew that, if they released images of their bloodthirsty terrorism upon Israelis, in many quarters they would be celebrated.

In his speech on Tuesday, President Biden referenced that there is no place for hate in America. All good people concur. Yet, what do you call the celebration – overt or thinly veiled – of Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel? And what, Mr. Biden, will your administration – which has overseen the most porous southern border in our nation’s history – propose to ensure that those who have illegally entered our nation are not members or allies of Hamas or any other terrorist organization and/or enemy nation? (And for the unaware, Middle East terrorist organizations and their state sponsors’ agents are infiltrating and operating in Latin America).

And, what will you and your Attorney General Garland tell my friend Richard, who has had relatives called up for the Israeli Defense Force in the wake of this terrorism, and who is now concerned about the safety of his family, fellow Jews, and all Americans’ in the wake of Hamas attack and “displays of solidarity”:

“I’d like to ask Attorney General if the DOJ that investigated parents as domestic terrorists for speaking at school meetings has any plans to investigate the people publicly speaking out, and celebrating in American streets this literal act of terrorism? I really would like to know.”

Americans deserve an answer, sir. Let us pray it is the correct one, lest you abet the method within Hamas’ madness.

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003-2012, and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars; and a Monday co-host of the “John Batchelor Radio Show,” among sundry media appearances.

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About Thaddeus G. McCotter

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003 to 2012 and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars, and a Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show" among sundry media appearances.

Photo: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 13: Osa Me'ir (C) reacts after discovering that the second of her two twin brothers was confirmed killed during the Hamas attack, on October 13, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel has sealed off Gaza and launched sustained retaliatory air strikes, which have killed at least 1,400 people with more than 300,000 displaced, after a large-scale attack by Hamas. On October 7, the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel from Gaza by land, sea, and air, killing over 1,300 people and wounding around 2,800. Israeli soldiers and civilians have also been taken hostage by Hamas and moved into Gaza. The attack prompted a declaration of war by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the announcement of an emergency wartime government. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)