Glenn Beck and Fareed Zakaria have gotten into a bizarre back-and-forth over what constitutes a terrorist and how
many of them are walking the earth. In brief: Zakaria countered an estimate Beck made about the percent of Muslims that support terrorism
and Beck shot back with a hypothetical expression of support for
Zakaria's murder. Confused by how things escalated so quickly? Here's the breakdown of what actually happened:
- The Estimate On his radio show last week, Beck claimed that 10 percent of the world's Muslims are terrorists and wondered why this fact was not being covered in the media.
- Zakaria Refutes: Is Glenn Beck a Terrrorist? A few days later, Fareed Zakaria
set aside some time on CNN to break down Beck's assertion
mathematically. He argued that the answer to Beck's question as to why
the media wasn't covering the 157,000,000 Muslim terrorists in the
world was that the figure was "total nonsense." Zakaria also responded
to a post on the Beck blog
clarifying that, by dictionary.com definition, terrorists are people who
"use or advocate terrorism" and that, according to Beck's own New York
Times bestseller, "ten percent of Islam wants us dead." Zakaria agreed
that there is disdain within the Muslim world for the US and our
government, but wondered, if these people were considered terrorists, how
one should define "a man who has been fueling such anger against the
American government on television daily for the last two years? How, in
other words, would one describe Glenn Beck?"
- In Which the Hypothetical Death Threat Comes Up Beck struck back at Zakaria Monday,
attempting to make the point that supporters of terrorism are just as
much of a threat as actual those who carry out the violence.
If I said to Fareed Zakaria, :Fareed, I'm not going to kill you, but I
support the people who do want to kill you,: am I a problem, Fareed?
Yes! Yes, I would be a problem! If you said to somebody, :Hey Glenn,
I'm not going to kill you myself, but man... I don't have any problem
with anybody who wants to take their bare hands and snap your
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