TheBlaze’s national security expert Buck Sexton, who warned of the protests that led to the ouster of Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi the week before they happened, appeared as a guest host on Glenn Beck’s television program Monday to explain what’s next for the embattled country.
“The true freedom-seekers in the Middle East are in an almost impossible situation,” he said. “Any time they rise up, jihadists will just hijack the revolution away from them. They’ll take it away from the secularists, from the ‘Twitterati’ of Tahrir. The liberals, those people who believe in women’s rights, they’ll take it away from them with ruthless violence.”
That’s not to say there won’t be some semblance of unity before that, however. “They’ll pretend to stand alongside them, only to turn on them afterwards,” Sexton asserted.
He proceeded to explain how a “root fallacy” of the Arab Spring revolutions has been focusing on the overwhelming number of protesters.
“It’s not about who has the numbers,” he said. “It’s about who has the most conviction. This is a basic revolutionary principle…from the Jacobins to the Bolsheviks to the Ayatollahs — you don’t need the most people, you need the most [committed], and the most [ruthless].”
“Radicals don’t seek to convince others, they seek to control them. Why do you think they show videos of themselves eating dead soldiers’ hearts or chopping the heads off of priests, or what we’re seeing today in the streets of Egypt?”
At that, he showed the apparent “ringleader” of a gruesome attack in Cairo, where young men who opposed Mohammed Morsi were seemingly pushed off a building to their deaths and subsequently beaten with sticks. The man had an al-Qaeda flag in his back pocket.
“This is a declaration of their intent…they intend to keep fighting until there is a caliphate,” he continued. “That’s their goal — we can pretend the mission is not there, [but] they’re telling us it’s there.”
They’ll work to make that caliphate span the Middle East, Sexton said, with an eventual goal of “the globe.”
In Sexton’s estimation, the threat of a “vortex of instability and violence in the region for which nobody is prepared” is very real, and likely not far off.
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