Many Americans have been horrified by the violence and lawlessness gripping "Arab Spring" countries, despite the administration's confidence that the wave of revolutions marked a bright new chapter for the region.
"Once the radicals came to power, the systematic targeting of people who disagree with them - especially Christians - began," Glenn Beck said on his weekday television show Thursday. "Today, kidnappings, murder, forced conversions, rape, and forced marriage [are] rampant throughout the region...How's it looking, Mr. President?"
But while "the situation faced by the Christian minorities in the Muslim world is dark," Beck said, "it is nothing new."
"In 1955, Turkey committed one of the most unthinkable acts. Nobody even talks about it, because most people don't know that it even happened -- and this is after they tried to wipe out the entire Armenian race through genocide in the early 1900's," Beck said. "Which according to them is just a rumor, didn't really happen -- in fact president Obama has refused to call it a genocide."
Beck continued: "The Muslims and the Greeks had been arguing over who the city belonged to; they had been arguing for centuries. And so finally the Turkish prime minister had a bomb planted in the Turkish consulate in Greece -- the idea? Make it look like the Greeks did it! And so all the Turkish people would be outraged, and they would kill all the Greeks in response."
The bomb didn't go off, but the papers ran the story anyway, saying it did.
"The Turks took to the streets and lit all of Istanbul on fire," Beck said. "They unleashed a furious torrent of murder and rage and rape on the town."
73 of the 81 churches in the city were said to have been destroyed.
"In one of [the churches] lived an old priest," Beck said. "They smashed his doors down; they dragged him out of bed by his hair. They [pulled] the hair out of his head in strands...and then they proceeded to do the same with his beard. They beat him and left to die, withered in pain, and all the while his church, which he called home, burned in the background. Another priest suffered the same fate but since he was younger, his hair was firmer so they couldn't tear it out...so they scalped him."
"Yeah - 1955," Beck emphasized harshly. "Yeah, they scalped many others, too."
"They took the priests, stripped them naked, strung them up with a rope, tied them to the back of moving cars and dragged their bodies through the streets," he continued. "1955, gang. If you were too old, well they just left you in your bed, and then they set you and your house or your church on fire."
Young men were forced to strip naked in the streets to see if they were circumcised, Beck said. Those who were not, were "circumcised" by the hungry mob.
It was a "total massacre that the media completely ignored," Beck said, "and it happened less than 60 years ago."
"We know who did it, and it is the same people who are doing it today in Egypt," he said. "They are shooting people, they are killing them in the streets...Brotherhood members are snatching villagers and threatening them, you either convert to Islam or you'll be beheaded or raped."
"This is how diplomacy has always worked in the Middle East," Beck said. "When you're circumcising people in the streets with a pocket knife...when the Geneva conventions are not what you use as your rule book...you can find a way around everything. It's about power and control, and most importantly, it's about which sect will preside over the next great empire -- and now we're getting into the middle of it."
Beck noted that the president has made the case that we have to intervene in Syria "for the children."
"It's about the children who have decided they don't want a part of Islam," Beck retorted. "The children who are Christian, atheists, Jewish, or the children who happen to be [Muslim] but from a different sect. Those who decide for themselves!"
Freedom of religion is a western idea, Beck argued. In the east, "freedom of religion" often means you can pay a tax, if you're lucky, to disagree.
"So when anyone decides to talk to you about the children, just remember the children from the 1950's in Turkey, that were ignored by the media that time," Beck said. "Just like the children are being ignored by the president and the mainstream media today."
Beck also asked TheBlaze's national security adviser Buck Sexton to appear on the program.
In Sexton's opinion, "There is a rising tide of Islamism that is much more pernicious, much more evil, than anything you are seeing on the news."
He displayed a map of locations where there have been terror attacks tied to Al-Qaeda recently, and it spread across the entire Middle East and North Africa.
"This is the reality," he said. "The black flags flying all across here are tied together."
When Beck asked why the issue matters for Americans, Sexton replied: "It means that we're heading for some very tough times. It means that at some point, what's happening here is going to spill over into our world. Whether it's in the Suez Canal, which we've talked about before...There are any number of scenarios in this part of the world that could come out and bite us, no matter where we are."
"And the reality of this administration is, not only do they not know what to do about this, they're hampered by the fact that everybody realizes -- friend and foe -- they have no idea what they're doing," he added.
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