Beck again warned that if Muslims don't "act now" by "step[ping] to the plate" to condemn terrorism, they "will be looking through a razor wire fence at the West"September 7, 2006 1:39 PM EDT ››› ROB DIETZ
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On the September 5 edition of his CNN Headline News program, Glenn Beck again warned that if "Muslims and Arabs" don't "act now" by "step[ping] to the plate" to condemn terrorism, they "will be looking through a razor wire fence at the West." Although he described as "grotesque" the possibility that Muslims could be interned like Japanese-Americans during World War II, Beck repeatedly warned that it is the responsibility of the "Muslim community" to avert such an outcome by "find[ing] a spokesman who isn't a 'yes, but' Muslim," who tacitly endorses terrorism. Later in the program, Beck asked "terrorism expert" Walid Phares, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies: "Is there anything that could happen to you that you would start to say, 'You know what? I might as well start blowing up planes?' "
Beck began his show by asking for "five minutes" so that he could "explain" how Muslims will end up "looking through a razor wire fence." He then read a quote from the first-ever Muslim to be crowned Miss England, who reportedly said: "Even moderate Muslims are turning to terrorism to prove themselves. They think they might as well support it because they are stereotyped anyway." Beck suggested the quote is "a great example of why I think, since 9-11, Americans have gotten so fed up with the 'yes, but' Muslims," adding that if "the Muslim community" doesn't "find a spokesman who isn't a 'yes, but' Muslim ... when things heat up, the profiling will only get worse, and the razor wire will be coming." Beck then wondered "if the Muslim community will ever step to the plate like the Japanese-American community did during World War II" and that "sadly, history has a way of repeating itself no matter how grotesque that history might be." He added, "The Muslim community can prevent this if they act now."
As Media Matters for America has noted, Beck has previously warned that "Muslims who have sat on [their] frickin' hands the whole time and have not been marching in the streets" will face dire consequences. He also predicted that the result will be that "[h]uman beings are not strong enough, unfortunately, to restrain themselves from putting up razor wire and putting you on one side of it," adding that "when people become hungry, when people see that their way of life is on the edge of being over, they will put razor wire up and just based on the way you look or just based on your religion, they will round you up."
From the September 5 edition of CNN Headline News' Glenn Beck:
BECK: Here's the deal. I'm going to -- I'm going to tell you something that -- you can't take it out of context. You need to listen to the whole thing. So, I'm going to make a deal with you. You give me five minutes tonight, and I'll explain this, but if you can't give me the next five minutes, change the channel right now.
All right. Here it is. Tonight's exclusive: In 10 years, Muslims and Arabs will be looking through a razor wire fence at the West. Here's how we got there.
Recently, the first Muslim to be crowned Miss England warned that stereotyping members of her community is leading other Muslims towards extremism and terrorism. She said, quote, "Even moderate Muslims are turning to terrorism to prove themselves. They think they might as well support it, because they're stereotyped that way anyway," end quote.
Thanks for the insightful geopolitical analysis, teenage beauty queen.
Let's just say I was profiled as a pedophile, and every time I went to Disney World, the Disney police would stop me and say, "You, not so much." Here's what I would do. I'd be annoyed. I'd probably stop going to Disney World, and I might even start hanging out with other people who were having the same kind of problem, provided they weren't actual pedophiles.
I wouldn't ever, however, ever say to myself, "Aww, you know what? I mean, everybody thinks I'm a pedophile anyway. I might as well start downloading child porn and molesting kids."
Why wouldn't I do that? Because I'm not an actual pedophile or child molester, but according to Miss England's logic, I'd be perfectly justified in doing so.
This is a great example of why I think, since 9-11, Americans have gotten so fed up with the "yes, but" Muslims. The "yes, but" Muslims are the ones who show up on talk shows and in the media and say, "Yes, terrorism is bad, but" -- and then they go through a list of reasons on why we should try and sympathize with people who fly planes into buildings.
I also hear a lot about Islam being a religion of peace, that terrorists aren't true Muslims. Fine. OK. I believe that. But if you do accept that, then you can't really go along with Miss England and the rest of the "yes, buts" and say, "Oh, gee, maybe it is our fault. We're making good Muslims go bad." Which is it?
You, Miss England, are either spot on, as the British say, or you're dead wrong, because if, God forbid, there's another attack, we won't have anymore patience for the "yes, buts."
The Muslim community better find a spokesman who isn't a "yes, but" Muslim. They shouldn't even understand the word "but," because if they don't, when things heat up, the profiling will only get worse, and the razor wire will be coming. That's why.
Tonight, here's what I know. We are sick and tired of the "yes, but" crowd. I don't even care what precedes it. There's no excuse for flying planes into buildings, kidnapping journalists, and random beheadings.
You want the profiling to stop? Then, here's an idea. Stop murdering innocent people. Stop excusing the people who do. You do that for a while, and I guarantee you won't have any more problems at the airports. Stop blowing stuff up and the world just might be your oyster.
Otherwise, it's going to be like that movie, The Siege. You remember that movie? The Muslims will see the West through razor wire if things don't change.
I also know the Muslim community is in trouble. Everybody seems to be in denial. It's been reported that the FBI may be testing for radiation outside mosques in Dearborn. Is that the way Muslims want to live? I don't think so.
Look, I'm not saying all Arabs and Muslims are anti-American. Far from it. We should get to know these people and embrace the good Muslims, and eliminate the bad ones.
Here's what I don't know. I don't know if the Muslim community will ever step to the plate like the Japanese-American community did during World War II. You know, it was absolutely disgraceful how we rounded innocent people up then and, sadly, history has a way of repeating itself no matter how grotesque that history might be. The Muslim community can prevent this if they act now.
But I also don't know why Muslims everywhere aren't kicking up dirt over what Miss England had to say. If Islam truly condemns terror, then why isn't anybody coming out and saying, "No matter how bad things get, our religion forbids terrorism, period"? To the casual observer, the silence makes her appear to be right.
BECK: OK. Walid, let me ask you, extraordinarily politically incorrect question. If I were flying with you on September 18th, 2001, and I saw you come on board, just -- just the worst part of me only based on what you look like, I would have thought to myself, "Uh-oh, have we checked this guy?"
Now, you experience this every day, just based on what you look. Is there anything that could happen to you that you would start to say, "You know what? I might as well start blowing up planes?"
PHARES: No, of course not. I mean, it is up to my psychology, to my culture, to how I see the world.