Al Qaeda kidnapping Europeans to bankroll terror

It’s the first rule of dealing with terrorists: never negotiate with them. Especially not when they have a hostage. Europeans apparently think differently because they are willing to pay Al Qaeda millions of dollars to free hostages. The result? Al Qaeda keeps kidnapping Europeans. And they are getting rich. Really rich. Glenn reacted to the news on radio today.

In their "Underwriting Jihad" story, The New York Times reported, "Officially, Germany had budgeted the money as humanitarian aid for the poor, landlocked nation of Mali. In truth, all sides understood that the cash was bound for an obscure group of Islamic extremists who were holding 32 European hostages, according to six senior diplomats directly involved in the exchange."

The New York Times investigation has found that since 2008, there have been $125 million in ransom from European government, with $66 million coming in the past year.

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Is this just a case of history repeating itself?

"So what we have here is (the European) government actually funding al-Qaeda," Glenn said. "Are you telling me they are any different than we would be?  Because it is in their national interest to solve this.  There's all kind of tension, all kind of problems.  Just make this go away.  If we just pay them, it will go away we have done it before.  We did it as a United States of America, our first foreign war was the Barbary pirates war, the war against the Barbary pirates. 25% of our GDP was spent buying hostages back from the Islamic extremists on the Barbary coast."

"From the walls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.  Shores of Tripoli.  That's what it was.  We were paying ransom, through George Washington, John Adams -- and Thomas Jefferson was the first one that said 'This is insane.  What are we doing'."

"We're doing it again.  And Europe was doing it, but Europe didn't have the value system we had.  George Washington, he lost his value system on this one, because it was hard.  And Europe was doing it and everybody else was doing it.  But finally, Thomas Jefferson -- it only came when it was too expensive to afford.  Jefferson said 'Stop. They're not going to stop.  This is insane.  We don't negotiate with terrorists, period'."

Glenn said that this is what happens when a nation focuses on their interests rather than their values. Every person wants to feel safe at home, and that's why we now take off our shoes in the airport and have allowed DHS to grow to Big Brother proportions. We have focused on our interest in personal safety, rather than our values of freedom and a value system that refuses to negotiate with terrorists.

"In the end, even on the Shores of Tripoli, we ended up negotiating with terrorists again. Because we were looking at our national interests, not our values."

An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

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On "Glenn TV" tonight, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to reveal how the fundamental transformation of America has already begun by turning the Declaration of Independence upside down.

If Donald Trump was a dictator, then what do we call President Biden? In Biden's first nine months in office, he has already issued 64 executive orders – that's more than Trump, Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan each issued in their entire first years in office.

You never hear the Left talk about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights any more, unless it's to "reimagine" the Constitution or slap a "harmful content" warning on our founding documents. Seriously. The National Archives said while its website label wasn't targeting the Constitution specifically, "some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions." The Left finds basic, guaranteed rights so offensive they now spend all of their time on workarounds to deal with America's annoying founding documents.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below to see Glenn outline the aggressive unconstitutional abuses "King Biden" is jamming down our throats and teaches Americans how we can defend against presidential tyranny.

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