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Glenn Beck – Misunderstanding or Misunderstood?

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Posted on April 17 2010 2:58 pm
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Jenn Q. Public, in her recent post Glenn Beck’s Shameful Misunderstanding of Islam asserts the following.

Sharing his ideas about American defense policy, Glenn Beck just said the following:

[Beck Quote] Why do you think they hate us in the Middle East?  Maybe because we don’t stand for anything.

Wrong, Glenn. It’s because we do stand for something: Western ideals.

America is the last bastion of freedom and equality in the world, and those who kill and maim on behalf of the “religion of peace” do so because they want to destroy everything we value.

Great point, except Beck wasn’t talking about Islam. He was arguing against the Realpolitik of trying to advance our interests by supporting dictators only slightly less odious than the ones we oppose. The remark in question was a passing shot in support of that argument, it was clearly not intended as a unified theory of Middle East relations.

But don’t take my word for it. Jenn has her interpretation, I have mine. The embedded clip is below. The remark in question occurs a little after the 15:00 mark. I invite you to draw your own conclusions.

Update: In the event the embedded video doesn’t load, you can link to it here.

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