Leave it to Fox News to become the best propaganda tool the megalomaniac leader of ISIL, the terrorist group we used to call “Al Qaeda in Iraq,” could ever hope to find. The group didn’t even exist until U.S. Military forces removed Saddam Hussein from power and destabilized the region; ISIL is an unfortunate result of a tragically inept foreign policy of the Bush Administration. And yet that didn’t stop Megyn Kelly from claiming:
(Glenn) Beck had long argued that radical Islamists were pursuing a dream of establishing a caliphate in the Middle East, a country unto themselves. And that is exactly what ISIS has managed to do.
That’s not just wrong, it’s comically wrong and dangerously stupid. Now might be a good time for the people at Fox News to remind themselves why they fired Beck in the first place. His specious conspiracy theories about a “global caliphate” spreading like wildfire throughout Muslim nations, enforcing Sharia Law on ‘God-fearing Christians,’ were roundly rejected. The Wall Street Journal said Beck’s “apocalyptic conspiracy terms” were a bridge too far, and Beck got into a very public feud with the The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, who wrote:
[H]ysteria is not a sign of health. When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. He’s marginalizing himself, just as his predecessors did back in the early 1960s.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly wants viewers to now see Beck’s vision as eerily prophetic, since the “Islamic State” formally declared their caliphate on June 29 of this year.
Let’s put some perspective into the situation posed by what Fox insists on referring to as as ISIS, or the “Islamic State.” Point of fact: the “Islamic State” doesn’t exist, outside the fevered imagination of some terrorists brandishing Kalashnikov rifles, and the paranoid delusions of many conservatives. President Obama correctly refers to the terrorist group as “ISIL” (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant); we’re talking about ten thousand or so guys, out of 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. If you’d like to know who roundly rejects “ISIS,” just talk to other Muslims.
Establishing the Islamic state is not accomplished by considering every dissenter an apostate whose killing is deemed lawful. In this way, ISIS proclaims itself both adversary and arbiter.
That’s Osman Bakhach, speaking for Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), a group which also lays claim to the new caliphate. But you’ll never hear about that on Fox News (or, in fairness, most other broadcast media outlets). For this group, based in Lebanon, the caliphate needs to follow a “prophetic approach.”
[We are] calling for a state that opens its arms to all people, Muslims and others, including Christians and Jews, not to be a state where Muslims can not stand each other and fight amongst each other. That is something we categorically reject.
Fear drives ratings, but you need to know that this “Islamic Caliphate” led by Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi is nothing more than a lot of hot air. The attacks of 9/11 demonstrated that we must be on-alert to the threat, but there are no roving bands of ISIL killers driving across the border into Texas. Glenn Beck is still just a crazy conspiracy theorist hawking books, subscriptions to his radio podcast, and advice on why you need to ‘invest in gold ahead of the coming economic apocalypse.’ The end of the world may indeed be nigh — but only for those driving around the deserts of Iraq and Syria, currently tracked by U.S. military intelligence satellites, and analyzed via geospatial intelligence units.