By Sadhbh Walshe, Wednesday 2 February 2011 16.05 GMT
Earlier on his own programme (view clip here), Glenn Beck had so many devils dancing around in his brain as a result of the chaos in Egypt that he was at a total loss as to who to support, who to oppose or, indeed, what to do about any of it, other than to urge his viewers to follow the events in Egypt very closely as they are sure to have dire repercussions for Americans. He admitted that, some years ago, he would have been all too apt to ignore the happenings of so remote a region (he’s referring, I believe, to his young adulthood when he was, by his own account, more focused on substance abuse). But those days are over.
He studied the issue all weekend and raised so many questions in relation to it that it was almost impossible to find one salient point to focus on. For example, he was concerned that a Muslim Caliphate is about to take over the Middle East and parts of Europe; that China is going to control Asia and North Africa, Australia and probably New Zealand; and that Russia will be taking over the old Soviet block and, for some random reason, the Netherlands. He also wondered if the chaos did not really happen because “a Tunisian kid had his fruit cart taken away,” and that the downtrodden and unemployed are not really rioting because they are downtrodden and unemployed but because they are being manipulated by darker forces who are out to undermine democracy at all costs. (I’m not sure how bringing down a dictatorship undermines democracy, but there you go.)
Then, there was the issue about whether the Middle East is really capable of self-rule, or if they are “crazed animals” who have to be “contained by some dictator”. All in all, it was a wearying hour of television. His thoughts on the “coming insurrection”, of which he spoke in a quivering voice seem worth sharing, however.
I’ve told you that this is a global movement. Could you play this out for me and just humour me for a second? Here, we have Egypt. It started in Tunisia, Tunisia then leapfrogged Libya and went right over here to Egypt. But the fires are starting here, as well [Libya]. But we see them here [Egypt]. This [Tunisia] is already in revolution and flipped. This is in revolution. I want you to look where Israel is, right here, and Israel, the Gaza strip is on fire. You have any idea, this strait, how much congress [sic] is done through here. You, also, this little area. All the oil from the UAE, everything flows through here.
So, the Middle East is on fire. What’s even more worrying is that Beck believes the chaos has already spread beyond the Middle East to North Africa, and even much closer to home.
Morocco is on fire. What’s across from Morocco? Spain, connected to France and Germany and Italy, also on fire, and Greece, also on fire, which brings you right back here to Turkey. The entire Mediterranean is on fire. More than that, it’s not just the surrounding countries of the Mediterranean; it also spreads up here. You have the UK and Ireland already with riots in the street!
So, there you have it: Asia, Africa and Europe are all in flames. America is surely next, and it’s all because of jihadists and the socialist-communist-progressives with their sick, Soros-funded agenda that people are entitled to a living wage and jobs with benefits.
It’s chaos out there, you know.