To save the Palestinians Hamas must be eradicated

 (*) Carlos Alberto Montaner

(Firms Press) The Israeli army should not leave Gaza without before decapitating Hamas leadership and its intermediate leaders, to the point that the terrorist organization could not re-energize.

Destroying their missiles and tunnels is a suitable task, but provisional. Within a year the missiles could be replaced by others more lethal and accurate, there will be new tunnels, and probably, more virulent violence will resurface.

The problem is Hamas. It is the problem of Israelis and Gazans. Throughout years, its suicide fans have committed 72 attacks and killed 1410 Jews, including 96 children. But they have also killed or executed hundreds of Palestinians linked to Fatah, the organization that governs the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

Fatah also has blood on their hands, but it is Hamas which has excreted a strange philosophy of death. In article 8 of its founding Charter, released on August 18, 1988, clearly says it: "Allah is its goal, the Apostle, his model, the Koran its Constitution, Jihad its path and death on the path of God, the most eminent of expectations".

To kill and to die are reasons of enjoyment in this strange sect of horror. They sent thousands of rockets against Israel to provoke a reaction from the Jewish State. They wanted the powerful neighboring army to cause them casualties. That is why they used human shields, hiding missiles and weapons in schools and hospitals and threatened civilians as they fled from the combat zone.

Israel is right in defending its people - including 18% of Arabs-Israelis--, but, although that is not the purpose, the fight against Hamas will benefit much more Palestinians -hostage to this delusional band of religious fanatics-. What may desire, really, any sensible Gazati, to an organization that brings so much pain to their homes?

It is not the first time that eliminating an enemy with such characteristics ends up favoring the society from which it comes.

An outstanding example is Japan. In May 1945 the Germans had surrendered, but the Japanese remained fighting stubbornly. In Washington already ruled Harry S. Truman and he asked professor William Shockley for a mathematical survey on the cost in human lives of a hypothetical invasion of Japan, similar to which dislodged Nazism from power.

Shockley, who later won the Nobel Prize in 1956 for the invention of the transistor, returned with a bleak prediction: Americans, judging by the history, would have to kill between 5 and 10 million Japanese, while Americans would suffer from 1.4 to 4 million casualties, of which 800 000 soldiers would die.

Truman took seriously Shockley’s calculations. In July 1945 United States very successfully tested the first atomic bomb. Washington was quick to warn the Japanese to surrender or would be victims of a terrible weapon. They ignored him. On 6 August the Americans launched the first artifact on Hiroshima. Suddenly, some 150 000 people died and the city was pulverized. On August 9 it was Nagasaki. Some 80,000 Japanese were carbonized. On day 15 Japan surrendered.

It was a terrible thing, but such atomic barbarism, of which the world was rightly appalled by the cost of 230000 dead, saved the Japanese 10 million fatalities while Americans saved 800000 lives. A few years later, with their social virtues and American help, the Japanese were at the top of the world and shattered cities had splendidly reborn from ashes.

I hope that no one should think that I advocate the use of atomic bombs to end Hamas. I deplore wars and I think that nuclear weapons should be prohibited, but I contend that it is very important to save Israeli and Arab lives. 

I have no idea of how many Arabs or Israelis will be saved if Hamas ceases to exist, but I guess will be many tens of thousands. On the other hand, it will be much easier to create a Palestinian State next to Israel. It appears that Fatah is willing to try, but Hamas stands in the way. If peace in the Middle East is wanted, there is no other choice but to liquidate Hamas. This is the path of hope.

(*) CAM is a journalist and writer. His latest book is the novel Tiempo de Canallas”