Three years ago, Glenn Beck was relentlessly mocked for saying that Islamists in the Middle East are trying to rebuild the caliphate -- the government implemented after the death of the prophet Muhammad that derives its authority from and governs by Shariah law.
The idea was called "looney tunes" by MSNBC's Chris Matthews in 2011, while others in the media said Beck was having "delusional ravings."
What did Beck say on Monday, now that the concept is being seriously discussed by CNN and a senior adviser to the Department of Homeland Security said the return of the caliphate is “inevitable”?
Beck addressed the matter on both his radio and television programs.
"I want to point this out to CNN," Beck said on radio. "When the people in Egypt were actually saying that they wanted a caliphate, we had them on tape saying that. But they only said that in [Arabic]; they never said that in English. ... Because they had the PR firm that could actually speak the language of the western press, you completely dismissed it. ... Iran has been talking about the same thing. You dismiss it."
Beck said he isn't sure how the mainstream media "picks and chooses who to listen to and who not to listen to," but we are three years closer to a potential caliphate.
"This is what we warned about, and we said that they would do," Beck said. "The Islamists and the radicals -- the socialists, the communists, the anti-west people -- would work together, and it would destabilize the region. It would destabilize Europe. It would cascade, and it would sweep the Middle East and then the rest of the world."
Beck said Islamists and radicals have worked against Israel, capitalism, and done their best to overturn stability.
"Would you say the world is stable?" Beck asked. "How about our borders?"
Beck said on television that he's not bringing up the past to say "I told you so," but because "the failures of the past -- on my record and on everybody else's record -- need to be seen."
"I want to make sure that it is very clear which network you can trust going forward -- which one is operating right now and which one is seeing over the horizon," Beck said. "The closer you get to the singularity the faster things are going to be coming at you. And if you're looking right to today and you're not looking over the horizon at what's rolling at you, you're not going to be able to make it."
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