Fareed Zakaria schools Glenn Beck
But I also understand reason. Fareed Zakaria does also, which is why on Sunday 12 December’s issue of his CNN program, “GPS”, he took Fox News host Glenn Beck to task for comments Beck and his producer Stu had said on Beck’s syndicated radio show.
Beck, had during last week’s The Glenn Beck Program, saying that 10% of the world’s Muslim inhabitants are terrorists.
“What is the number of Islamic terrorists? 1 percent? I think it’s closer to 10%, but the rest of the P.C. world will tell you, ‘Oh no, it’s miniscule,'”
This was a follow on from a point he made in his 2003 book “The Real America” where he said:
“Ninety percent of Islam is peaceful. Ten percent of Islam wants us dead.”
“Let’s do a bit of math here… There are 1,570,000,000 Muslims worldwide. Take ten percent of those Muslims and you get 157,000,000. That’s how many Muslim terrorists Glenn Beck is suggesting there are in the world.”
“Of course, the FBI, the State Department and most other organizations define terrorists in the more common sense that they are well, terrorists, but never mind…Hating America is not the same thing as being a terrorist.”
BECK: What is the number of Islamic terrorists? One percent? I think it’s closer to 10 percent, but the rest of the PC world will tell you ‘oh no, it’s minuscule.’ Okay, well, let’s take you at your one percent. Look at the havoc of one percent of Muslims causing on the rest of the world!
One percent sir is a lot different to 10% – so which is it? One or ten? Because 1 % is 15.7,000,ooo and 10 is as I have pointed out 157 Million.
I agree with Glenn, one per cent have caused a hell of a lot of havoc – whether it be through actual acts of violence or the fear of violence. But how is this going to help?
Without making excuses for acts of terrorism, one has to remember the phrase “one man’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.” When Stu uses the World Public Opinion poll to show the people supporting violence what it doesn’t make clear is why people support – the deeper narrative. Take those who support violence in retaliation to Iraq – it doesn’t make them right, not at all, but nothing is so black and white – people in Iraq feel they were invaded by a foreign country who have not helped them, left them in some cases in a worse place than they were before and who have been documented as treating their citizens in as abhorrent ways as the previous regime.
Take some Palestinians for another example. To reiterate again, there should be no excuses for violence and those who use a rocket launcher instead of sitting down to talk are in my view, wrong, but this is a people who on both sides of the fence have been brought up to believe Arabs or Jews are the enemy. Violence is begating violence, children are being brought up in war zones – and sadly the only way some can see to get heard is to use violence.
However that doesn’t mean they would and neither does it mean that, as Zakaria points out, that hating a country means one supports the acts of violence. Stu can use the WPO poll to show people hate America but that does not mean people will then want to destroy it with acts of terrorism.
As the WPO poll also states (page 21):
Views of al Qaeda are complex. Majorities agree with nearly all al Qaeda’s goals to change US behavior in the Muslim world, to promote Islamist governance, and to preserve and affirm Islamic identity. However, consistent with the general rejection of attacks on civilians, only minorities say they approve of al Qaeda’s attacks on Americans as well as its goals, suggesting that many may feel ambivalence.
So Beck and his supporters who typically flooded message boards with views that Fareed Zakaria supports terrorism because he does not double down on Beck’s view, are completely disingenuous, because using the same poll Stu and Beck were using, it points out that support for a terrorist network such as Al Qaeda doesn’t necessarily mean someone is advocating the violence they use but the philosophy, as I quote above.
Zakaria noted that polls also show a significant number of Americans are angry with the government and therefore points out the inaccuracy in Stu’s comment about the definition of a terrorist, where he stated that anyone who expressed a negative attitude toward America would fall under the label of “terrorist,” even if they had not personally been involved in terror attacks:
“Does supporting such anger against the American government make one a terrorist?…According to Glenn Beck’s producer and his dictionary.com definition, maybe, but in that case, how would one describe a man who has been fueling such anger against the American government on television daily for the last two years? How, in other words, would one describe Glenn Beck?”
It has often been claimed in the media that Muslims are “silent” and do not condemn terrorism. This page is intended to refute that claim. Muslims have not been silent. Not even close. See also How American Muslims Really Responded to September 11 for more information about the Muslim response to 9/11. And another listing is at Statements Against Terror. Also Muslim Voices Against Terrorism.
The following essays describe a small percentage of statements condemning terrorism that have been made, but not widely published.
There are Islamic sites and Islamic associations, religious and political leaders that strongly condemn terrorism and violence, that are strongly allied with the US in the war on terror, but not enough people know this.
- Zakaria: Beck claim that 10 percent of Muslims are terrorist is ‘total nonsense’ (crooksandliars.com)
- Glenn Beck Responds To Fareed Zakaria By Hypothetically Advocating Terrorism (mediaite.com)
- Zakaria BLASTS Beck’s Muslim Terrorist Claims: ‘Total Nonsense’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Fareed Zakaria Calls Out Glenn Beck’s Math Skills On Muslim Terrorist Claim (mediaite.com)
- Zakaria crunches Beck’s numbers (washingtonmonthly.com)