Glenn Beck on Thursday highlighted the fascist roots of radical Islam in a special called "The Root: Armies of Armageddon."
"Stonings, drive-bys, beheadings, burned alive in cages, child executions -- the world is bearing witness to pure evil the likes of which modern society has never seen," Beck began. "Thousands of teens and young adults in the western world have joined the fight alongside ISIS. ... Yet we continue to fight on a modern-day playing field, completely failing to understand what truly motivates it and more importantly, what their end game is."
Beck said the failure to recognize radical Islam's Islamic roots, and how it was impacted by the Nazis, puts the world "on a collision course with World War III and the armies of Armageddon."
"The extremists rising in the Middle East aren't playing for keeps -- they're playing for death and destruction, firmly convinced they're ushering in the final prophecies written in ancient Islamic texts," Beck said. "Everything we're seeing play out on the battlefield isn't just random violence. They're following a script, one they believe leads to the promised land."
"Tonight, we get to the root of the problem. With history as our guide, we discover the driving force behind the armies of Armageddon," Beck continued.
Beck introduced his viewers to the men he called the "founding fathers of jihad," Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna and Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Amin el-Husseini.
"[Banna] became prominent in the early 1930s," Beck said. "Egypt was struggling. People couldn't put food on the table, and he came along preaching a message that resonated. He said misery was caused by two things: one, western influence and two, the Jews."
"Today it's a commonplace argument, but Banna was the first to make it, and he quickly gained a Middle Eastern influence," Beck said. "He would go on to found the Muslim Brotherhood on a platform of violence and hate."
Daniel Akbari, a former Shariah lawyer from Iran, said jihad and martyrdom are an integral part of Islam, but Banna gave "new life" to the concepts for an impoverished people. Many of today's terror groups trace their roots directly back to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Beck said Husseini, another anti-Semite, soon "caught the eye of another movement based in hate: the National Socialists in Germany."
"Al-Husseini enlisted the Nazis to eliminate the Jewish threat from Palestine, and in return, the mufti promised Islamic jihad against the Jews everywhere in the world," Beck said.
Throughout World War II, Husseini met with Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini about eliminating Jews worldwide, and he found an enthusiastic audience.
"Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world," the mufti wrote in his memoirs. "I asked Hitler for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem in a manner befitting our national and racial aspirations and according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews. The answer I got was: 'The Jews are yours.'"
Beck said Husseini toured concentration camps and was treated like "royalty." Throughout the war, he spoke on a popular radio program where, Beck said, he "skillfully blended the words of the Koran with the ideology of the Nazis, anti-semitism, strong opposition and the rejection of the western world and a longing to create a radical authoritarian caliphate."
"If it seems like today's radical Islamic ideology sounds familiar, whether it's in Syria or Iran, Sunni or Shia, there's a reason for it," Beck said. "It's because they all had the same teacher: the grand mufti. The scope of this man's influence reaches every radical Islamist today."
Akbari, the Iranian shariah lawyer, agreed, saying the movements of the 1930s and 1940s taught that "Islam is above everything and you have to set aside every problem you have and focus on the common enemy."
"Their whole mission is to dominate the whole world," Akbari continued. "They fight to give supremacy to Islam. [They also believe] Jews have to be out of [the] holy land. ...Hatred toward Jews started from Muhammad, and is a part of that mission to eradicate them from the earth."
Beck said even 9/11 closely resembled a plot originally concocted by Hitler and the Nazis.
Called "the piggyback method," the Nazis considered flying a large transport plane near the United States, disguising smaller planes beneath. When they were in range of New York City, the planes would fly into buildings, setting the skyline of New York City on fire.
"They were suicide pilots, their planes were the bombs," Beck said. "Hitler approved the plan, but the war ended before it could be carried out. 56 years later, Osama bin Laden would see that plan through."
"Nazi ideology and the final solution-style terrorist methods are being imported back into the world at an alarming rate," Beck concluded. "Another failure to recognize evil for what it is will set the stage for yet another world war."
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