As the “Arab Spring” rolled through Egypt, conservatives Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard and Rich Lowery, editor of the National Review, covering for Charles Krauthammer, attacked Glen Beck for this segment from this February 1, 2011 TV show.
Beck’s map analysis was flawed by cramming analysis that needed about 6 hours into six minutes. But events in the past two years bear Beck out and leave Kristol/Lowery still comatose with Political Correctness.
Here is my February 8, 2011 post addressing the progressing Egyptian “Arab Spring.”
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Glenn Beck is right; Bill Kristol is wrong; so is Rich Lowery.
Though I generally do not listen to or watch Beck, I know what he is saying. He studies. He is right. Kristol wrote a column in the online Weekly Standard excoriating Beck for misrepresenting the violence in Egypt. After all, “Muslims just want democracy,” goes the Politically Correct line. Lowery agreed at NRO. [This article has been removed] This is bigger than Kristol, Lowery or Beck.
First clarity about me:
My World View is Bible Based. I actually believe the first chapter of the Bible —and the third and the twenty second chapter as well. I believe Exodus, chapter 20 and Deuteronomy, chapter 6. I believe the Twenty Third and the Fifty First Psalm. I believe the first chapter of Proverbs. I believe Isaiah: chapters 5, 7, 9 and 53. I believe the Gospel of John and The Acts of the Apostles. If you know the Holy Bible, you’ll understand the particular picture these selections paint. If you are not really familiar with the Judeo-Christian Scripture, please accept that I believe the Bible and it informs my understanding of everything. This includes confidence that the high ground is with Liberty —not Shariah.
First Tunisia; then Egypt, right? No. This turmoil has been going on for 1390 years. In those 14 centuries, the creed of the Muslim Brotherhood represents the core teaching of Islam from the beginning in 610 A.D. Every American must be familiar with and understand their creed. It is:
“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
Shariah is represented in every phrase. Jihad is our way, they say. Chances are you had not heard of Jihad before September 11, 2001. Actually the first Jihad began in 622 A.D. against the Arabs. The Persians were next. There has always been violent Jihad since 622. Some Jihads are missing here but this is a continuous list: The Jihad against Zoroastrian Persians of modern day Iran, Baluchistan and Afghanistan (634 to 651),
The Jihad against the Byzantine Christians (634 to 1453), The Jihad against Christian Coptic Egyptians (640 to 655), The Jihad against Christian Coptic Nubians – modern Sudanese (650), The Jihad against pagan Berbers – North Africans (650 to 700), The Jihad against Spaniards (711 to 730), The Reconquista against Jihad in Spain (730 to 1492), The Jihad against Franks – modern French (720 to 732), The Jihad against Sicilians in Italy (812 to 940), The Jihad against Chinese (751), The Jihad against Turks (651 to 751), The Jihad against Armenians and Georgians (1071 to 1920)
The Jihad against Mongols (1260 to 1300), The Jihad against Hindus of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (638 to 1857), The Jihad against Indonesians and Malays (1450 to 1500), The Jihad against Poland (1444 to 1699), The Jihad against Rumania (1350 to 1699), The Jihad against Russia (1500 to 1853), The Jihad against Bulgaria (1350 to 1843), The Jihad against Serbs, Croats and Albanians (1334 to 1920), The Jihad against Greeks (1450 to 1853)
The Jihad against Albania (1332 – 1853), The Jihad against Croatia (1389 to 1843), The Jihad against Hungarians (1500 to 1683), The Jihad against Austria (1500 – 1683), The Jihad against Germany (1529 – ongoing), Jihad in the Modern Age (20th and 21st Centuries), The Jihad against Israelis (1948 – 2004 ongoing), The Jihad against Americans (1979), The Jihad against the Filipinos in Mindanao(1970 onwards), The Jihad against Indonesian Christians in Malaku and East Timor (1970 onwards), The Global Jihad today (2001 – ongoing)
Islam has not been hijacked by extremists. Informed by Judeo-Christian teaching and experience, we can only conclude, Islam is extreme. You and I (and Kristol and Lowery) must understand that wherever Islam prevails, Shariah is the Law.
The present government of Egypt claims to be secular and not Shariah. But understand this, more than 80% of Egyptian women have been mutilated sexually (cliterectomy) in compliance with Shariah Law. Most of those women (and girls) live in slavery. Free elections will not change that. A current poll reveals 84% of Egyptians believe an apostate (leaving Islam for another belief) must be punished by death —again, Shariah Law. Keep in mind about 10% of Egyptians are Coptic Christians.
What about Muslims in the United States? With few exceptions, wherever Muslim Mosques exist here, Shariah informs their home life. Women and girls are beaten. Of course non-Muslim women (and occasionally, men) are beaten here, but that is not mandated by Religion or Law. Of course our legal code does not include Shariah, but regularly now, Shariah is offered as a partial defense in criminal cases.
What’s the point of including Shariah and Liberty together? They are polar opposite forces. Islam (Shariah), while not the only, is the most completely articulated system of darkness in the world. Liberty (there is no plural form) is the very essence of the light of the Christian gospel. Remember, I named Isaiah (5:20):
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that count darkness as light, and light as darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto those who are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight.”
Jefferson, reflecting the common understanding of his time, wrote correctly that Liberty is an unalienable right. When Jefferson wrote, “endowed by their creator,” he actually declared Liberty a gift from God. As a Christian, I believe our Liberty and other unalienable gifts were purchased at the cross. Again, as a Christian, I see freedom from sin as the first expression of that gift. But the God of light for Jews and Christians directed us to “Proclaim Liberty throughout the land.”
What about democracy? Do free elections bring freedom? I know, we agree; a majority of despots, tyrants and dictators hold elections. While we all want free and fair elections, as a synonym for freedom, democracy is a fraud. And our plate is full. Secular Fundamentalists are working hard to “fundamentally transform” us as well.
If Beck is right and if what you have read here is true, (and it is) what is it with Kristol and Lowery? I don’t know. It could be they are determined to be Political Correctly ignorant. But it is also tough to live in Washington and vary from the template imposed by the “Company Town.” Democrat driven Big Government is the Company, It is tough as the Editor-in-Chief of a conservative periodical to go to parties and face ridicule over the likes of Beck. If toeing the “Company Town” line is the force, it is there for every Conservative writer or Senator or staffer in Washington—not just Kristol and Lowery.