Mideast Solution?



GLENN: Back with Jared Cohen. The name of the book is children of jihad. I've got to tell you, I don't think I've ever felt better, I tell you what.

Stu, besides the unleash women, what have I said since the beginning that is the key to understanding radicalism in the Middle East, the key to understanding everything that's going on in the Middle East? What is the one word that describes all of it that if you don't understand this, you don't understand anything?

STU: Humiliation.

GLENN: No, the reason why I want to point that out is because you went to where? Oxford and -- I never went to college and I got that. I just, I feel better. I feel better.

STU: He did do it, what, 18 years faster than you.

GLENN: Okay, all right, let's not dwell on that.

COHEN: Young people in the Middle East, I'm really delighted to hear you say that. Young people in the middle east need satisfaction on two realms, in the education realm and they need satisfaction in the social realm. If you go to the Middle East, the public schools are a disaster and there's nothing for these kids to do opt street. They already are being socialized in a society where they are not satisfied in either of those realms. So almost every young person with the exception of the elite is already wandering around looking for educational opportunities and looking for social and recreational opportunities. Why does a young kid's parents send them to a religious medrosa? Not because they are fanatical necessarily. They teach, it's a safe environment. Even though they are just memorizing the Qur'an, it will bring them status as opposed to going to an empty classroom and having no meal. In the recreational realm, you know, a lot of these extremist -- and what's Al-Qaeda's youth strategy? They offer young people an outlet for adventure, a sense of belonging, a heroic aftermath and ultimate an expensive field trip. Hezbollah's no different. Why are the majority of these young kids protesting in downtown Beirut right now even though they are not blowing themselves up is because they have never been to Beirut before.

GLENN: So what is your solution here?

COHEN: For me the solution isn't necessarily to try and win hearts and minds. The solution is if you look at these young people desiring educational opportunities and social recreational opportunities, it's not so much about winning hearts and minds as much as it is diverting these impressionable young people away from the recruitment process into the alternatives that they desire.

GLENN: Okay. But the State Department just -- and this is such a -- this is mind boggling to me. The State Department, we had, you know, money being funneled over to, you know, democracy groups and money being funneled to people who want freedom in Iran. We cut that. I mean, we're being left with very few options here. In Iran in particular, we've got to help people stand up for themselves and foster this and yet our own State Department doesn't want to do it anymore.

COHEN: The politics of there are very complex. I mean, there's a lot of diversity of opinion in terms of what money should or should not be spent towards promoting democracy in Iran and how it should be done. The one thing I can tell you, if you look at the Middle East and people often say to pee young people in that world don't want democracy and I often push back and say that's garbage. If you want to know if young people buy into democracy, go sit with them in an Internet cafe. They are online. They are using false identities and finding all kinds of creative ways to circumvent their regimes and circumvent their parents and circumvent their societies so they can express themselves. The number one television show in the middle East is not Al-Jazeera, it's star academy and the biggest customers are Saudi. They like it because they can call in and text in and generate their own media. What these young kids don't buy into is the word democracy, how it's been translated to them and what it's been associated with. But if you talk to them about all the different components of democracy, if you talk to them about how they are actually practicing --

GLENN: I get this and I think most people do. What's happening to us is we're being pushed into a corner. I think bombing Iran the worst thing we could possibly do. The people of Iran are just like us. How do we encourage them to do what we can't do and that's topple their regime? What should we do?

COHEN: I'll tell you the biggest problem in Iran right now is that young people there can tell you exactly what kind of society they don't want, they can tell you exactly what kind of society they do want. These young Iranians cannot tell you for the life of them who they want to lead them. They cannot find a single leader to gravitate around and so without a leader to mobilize them, they are not going to go to this. That's part of it. They are also terrified as a legacy of the student riots and what happened in 1999 but also a lot of them have lost confidence in the reform movement. So if they go to the streets and risk getting arrested or detained, who in the government are they actually trying to influence? They don't feel like they have an advocate in the establishment right now.

Now, I believe that the next leader of Iran is going to come from this youth generation. We don't know who it is. So the most important thing is to keep these young kids wanting to resist and right now a lot of these young people are resisting socially and recreationally. It sometimes filters over into political resistance but what they are doing socially and recreationally is inherently political.

GLENN: Give me one thing because we've got to run here. But give me one part that I find fascinating. Tell the nose job story.

COHEN: Well, it's funny. I was driving with an Iranian girl that I had met in one of the Iranian cities and we were on one of these late night streets where young kids are drag racing and on roofs of cars, you know, drinking and flirting with each other and I kept seeing girls with bandages on their noses. Literally everywhere I turn. And I said to her, does everybody in this country get a nose job? And she looks at me and said, oh, those are fake. I said, of course it's fake. Why do you think I'm asking, does everybody get a nose job. And she said to me, no, what I mean is if 20 girls have bandages, 19 of them are fake because they do it for status and prestige.

GLENN: They're getting -- so it's like selling bandages as a status symbol?

COHEN: Yeah, precisely.

GLENN: That's insanity. You tell me that they're not like us. I mean, except we would have a little polo pony on.

COHEN: I would love to just throw one more thing in about the nuclear issue, if I may.

GLENN: Yeah.

COHEN: Iranians support, overwhelmingly support the nuclear program in that country not because they support the regime but because they support Iraq. They lump weapons and energy together in the same category of advancement. Now, the advantage we have with young Iranians and the nuclear program is that while it's a priority to them, it's not as much a priority as the bad economy, the pollution, the crime, the lack of help, the taxes they are not supposed to have to pay but they do have to pay. And so the strategy, you know, to get these young Iranians, it's not to get them to abandon their support for the nuclear program. It's to get them to focus on hire priorities and what these Iranian young people haven't been shown is the opportunity cost of the nuclear program. They haven't been shown, here's what you're not getting because your regime is supporting a very, very expensive nuclear program that's driving your country into isolation.

GLENN: All right. Well, a fascinating read, children of jihad. Jared Cohen, thank you very much. And are you going back?

COHEN: To Iran?

GLENN: Yeah.

COHEN: No, I'm actually banned for life. So I don't think I can --

GLENN: Banned from?

COHEN: The irony is I end up getting trouble in all these countries. I was getting threatened by Hezbollah, so I had to leave. I was picked up by Syrian intelligence and I wasn't allowed back into Iran afterwards.

GLENN: And so Hezbollah threatened you?

COHEN: By text message.

GLENN: In the McDonald's? Outside the McDonald's? Good, good. All right, thanks a lot. You bet.


There is no transparency when it comes to the Biden administration, and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's recent exchange with the FBI’s Jill Sanborn is just another example. When questioned about alleged involvement the FBI had on January 6, 2021, Sanborn refused to answer almost every single time.

Do our government officials still work for us? Take a look at the latest headlines: The DOJ and U.S. Army are preparing for possible conflicts with "domestic terrorists," Biden's education secretary allegedly requested the NSBA letter that suggested treating upset parents like domestic terrorists, and President Biden said if you're not with him on the Democrats' voting bills, then you're with the Confederacy. Meanwhile, the FBI won't tell Congress whether it was involved in the the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and the corporate media insists that there's nothing to see here, especially concerning Ray Epps.

The American people are concerned, and it’s "extraordinarily disturbing" how far the federal government goes to avoid answering our questions, Glenn Beck said on the radio program. There's a very odd growing trend here: Our leaders, including the unelected ones, no longer answer to the people. This must stop now.

"The question that I have is, where is the transparency? And is anyone going to be held accountable? They are not afraid of our senators. They are not afraid of Congress," he stated. "This has got to stop. They have got to answer to the law. This is an oversight committee. Who is in charge, the FBI or the people? Once the people are not in charge and are not allowed to see the secret documents, we are toast. Toast!"

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Have you ever wondered why so many insane things are happening simultaneously RIGHT NOW? Big corporations are going woke. The stock market got red-hot during a FORCED recession. Stores like Walmart and Target were allowed to stay open during the lockdown, but mom-and-pop stores on Main Street had to close, some of them forever.

On Wednesday's "GlennTV" special, Glenn Beck explains it all in this sneak-peek episode — a primer to his new book and the upcoming explosive, in-depth special: “The Great Reset: Joe Biden & the Rise of 21st-Century Fascism.” Co-author Justin Haskins joins along with Glenn’s head writer and researcher, Jason Buttrill, to answer audience questions about a topic that the media has tried to censor and “fact-check.” You will be equipped with everything you need to know about what the global elites of the world have planned for the transformation of society and YOUR life.

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After new information came out that suggests Dr. Anthony Fauci intimidated and bribed scientists into dismissing the COVID-19 lab-leak theory, Sen. Rand Paul and Fauci got into a heated debate in a Senate hearing. But instead of providing answers, Fauci accused Sen. Paul of endangering him.

Sen. Paul joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Wednesday with his response and explained why he believes "people live in fear of what [Fauci] will do to them."

"It's all about money. If you cross Tony Fauci, you don't get your money. He controls the purse strings for the entire country, the entire university system. And he's been doing it for forty years," Sen. Paul began.

"It's consistent with his arrogance, this level of arrogance that he's developed. He said several weeks ago, that he is science and any attack on him is an attack on science. Yesterday, he said anybody who opposes him is encouraging death threats," he added.

"Look, I've been on the receiving end of semi-automatic gunfire. I was 20 yards away from Steve Scalise when he almost died. I was 10 feet away from a staffer that was shot. And, you know what? The guy doing the shooting was a Bernie Sanders supporter. But not one of us, not one of the Republicans on the ball field, said, 'Oh, it was Bernie Sanders' fault.' But that's the juvenile level of personal attack that Fauci is now stooping to. He is saying that the personal threats he gets are actually the fault of his critics."

Sen. Paul continued, "But the thing is, [Fauci] needs to answer the question. Everything he did in the committee yesterday was misdirection so he didn't have to answer the question. The question was, why did he smear three scientists from Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard? Why did he smear them as fringe epidemiologists? And why did he conspire against Francis Collins to take them down in a very public way? He wouldn't answer the question."

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Over the past year, an increasing number of voices on the left have pushed for radical changes to our way of life, from reforming capitalism to enacting strict vaccine mandates. But are the American people behind these changes? A recent poll from the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen sought to find out, and the results are startling. The three-part poll asked likely voters for their thoughts on the Great Reset (half said they don't know what that is), COVID-19 authoritarianism, and whether they prefer former President Donald Trump or President Joe Biden.

The Heartland Institute's Justin Haskins joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to break down the results of this exclusive poll, including the disturbing revelation that roughly half of Democrats polled supported shockingly authoritarian COVID-19 policies. For example, nearly half of Democrats polled said they think federal or state governments should require unvaccinated people to live in "designated areas or facilitates," or essentially camps. Nearly half of Democrats supported a proposal "to fine or imprison individuals" just for questioning the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications. And, when asked if people who refuse to get vaccinated should lose custody of their children, 20% of Democrats answered "yes."

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