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Editor’s Note: Mr. Coonts is the author of fifteen New York Times bestselling books.  His latest novel “The Disciple,” explores what might happen if Iran gets to within weeks of having an operation nuclear weapon.  It is now available online or at bookstores everywhere.  He wrote this piece exclusively for glennbeck.com

I first heard the term “martyr nation” at a lecture by a retired U. S. naval officer who happened to be a Muslim.  He believed it possible that the religious fanatics in Iran might decide to sacrifice the lives of every Iranian by initiating a nuclear war.   Whether Iran could or would win such a war was not the point; the glory of giving their lives as soldiers of God would usher the Iranian people into Paradise. 

Since the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1989, the Islamic fundamentalist government has spent billions of petro-dollars on their nuclear quest.  The mullahs have built reactors, industrial sites for processing spent fuel into weapons-grade plutonium, and factories to manufacture cruise and ballistic missiles and warheads.  They have dug tunnels deep inside the earth to house these facilities, and protect them from aerial observation and air attack.  They have defied the United Nations, America and the nations of Europe, all of whom have expressed their concern and horror at the prospect of an Iran armed with nuclear weapons.  All the while the Iranian economy has suffered from an international economic boycott, an exploding Iranian population, and severe inflation. 

Over half the Iranian population has been born since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Shah.  These young people are educated, under-employed, and regard the fundamentalists with deep suspicion.

The Ahmadinejad regime is going in one direction and the bulk of the Iranian population seems to be going in another. 

Predictably, when Ahmadinejad lost the June, 2009, election, his political allies, the mullahs, stole it on his behalf—keeping the Party of God in power and provoking wide-spread, strident protests.  The reaction of the regime was to try to “re-Islamize” schools, tighten their grip on the media and internet, violently disburse protesters, and prosecute noisy critics.  Secret police, storm troopers, political arrests, kangaroo trials, censorship of the media and universities, political education of the young, and wholesale murder are the classic control tactics of dictators and tyrants, who have used these methods since the dawn of civilization.  The fascist and communist regimes of the 20th century perfected these techniques, all of which have been adopted by the Ahmadinejad regime. 

This was the milieu I used as a setting for my new novel, The Disciple.   This book was meant to be a thriller, so I needed good villains to go head to head with my studly heroes—and a threat that ratcheted the suspense tight as a violin string.   

Exercising my First Amendment rights and novelist’s prerogative, I shamelessly mixed truth with fiction.   Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the Devil’s Disciple, a religious fanatic who sees himself as the Mahdi, the leader and prophet who will scourge the earth of God’s enemies and convert mankind to Islam.   To accomplish this goal, he is willing to make Iran a martyr nation.

The martyr concept is not unique to Islam.  The Japanese bushido code seems to echo the idea that there is more glory in sacrificing one’s self in a righteous, losing cause than there is in surviving and fighting on to victory.   Martyrdom is the exact opposite of the western concept; General George Patton succinctly noted that a soldier’s duty is not to die for his country, but is to make the other bastard die for his.

As I noodled on subplots for The Disciple, I found myself searching for a way to dramatize the horror of religious fanaticism, a plague that has caused bloody atrocities throughout recorded history.  Adherents of every major religion have indulged in the joys of torturing, burning and murdering heretics and non-believers in wholesale lots.  Doing God’s work.  Zealots and madmen seem quite unable to grasp the concept that God didn’t need their help to make the universe and probably doesn’t need it now. 

So I invented Dr. Ishar Murad, a scholar of comparative religion who runs afoul of the Iranian religious police.  His untimely demise under interrogation goads his grandson into espionage.   

The main conflict in the tale, however, is Ahmadinejad’s single-minded drive to launch twelve nuclear weapons at American forces in the Middle East and at Israel.  He expects the Americans to retaliate with nuclear weapons, but, just in case they don’t, he will martyr Iran and blame the atrocity on the infidels. 

Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini are the guys on the spot who have to save civilization from the forces of evil.  They can’t do it alone, of course, and enlist lots of help.

To be sure, The Disciple is fiction, a tale set in the near future—but make no mistake: fundamental Islam is the most virulent plague facing mankind.  These ignorant, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, misogynist religious fanatics think any crime and atrocity is justified since they are doing God’s work.  These are truly dangerous people.  If we as a civilization refuse to face that fact head on we will pay a very severe price.

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

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