Bill Kristol 1, David Horowitz -8,659,431

by Conor Friedersdorf

Here's David Horowitz:

Bill Kristol is entitled to his optimism about democratic revolutions in the Islamic world. Perhaps the elections in Egypt will turn out better than those in Gaza where Hamas now rules a terrorist state; Iraq, which has instituted an Islamic Republic; Lebanon, where Hezbollah now rules a terrorist state; and Afghanistan, which is a kleptocracy wooing the terrorist theocracy in Iran. What he should not be doing as a conservative leader is demonizing Glenn Beck, who has done more to educate Americans about the unholy alliance between the secular left and the Islamic jihadists than anyone else. Kristol needs to  apologize to Beck for comparing him outrageously to the conspiracist Robert Welch, and should be embarrassed by his own ignorance of the agendas of both American radicals and their jihadist allies. At this point in time, such ignorance is not only inexcusable but dangerous.

Surely he's smarter than this. The problem with Glenn Beck's take on Egypt isn't that he is skeptical of the people's uprising. Plenty of perfectly sane pundits have made arguments to that effect. What's objectionable is the batshit insanity of Beck's specific narrative, complete with flames spreading via cartographic proximity and the whole Mediterranean Sea on fire. Amusingly, Horowitz goes on to recommend a book that he regards as a vindication of the Beck/Horowitz view: Andy McCarthy's "The Grand Jihad."

One more thing: here Horowitz is calling Iraq an Islamic Republic. But if you follow his link about how Beck "has done more to educate Americans" than anyone else – is there, by the way, any more ludicrous claim in the history of punditry? – you're taken to another Horowitz post, where he writes:

Those of you who have been watching Glenn Beck, and particularly those who watched last night’s show will see that he is bringing before an audience of millions the message we have been sending from these sites for nearly a decade that the global Islamic jihad against the West has formed a working alliance with the secular socialist left both at home and abroad. This “unholy alliance” as we called it was first clearly visible in the anti-American demonstrations opposing the Iraq War. These were mislabled “anti-war” demonstrations by the general media.

Got that? The Iraq War led to what Horowitz regards as an Islamic Republic in Iraq... and the secular liberals who opposed the Iraq War were doing so as part of an alliance with a global Islamic jihad against the west. (By the way, to all those who months ago were saying, "Look at how many Hayek books Glenn Beck is selling – how bad could he be?" Now you have your answer.)

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