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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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DITCH MITCH? Why McConnell has 'GOT TO GO'

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Glenn Beck on Monday tore into Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) for allocating $7 million from the Senate Leadership Fund to Alaska — a race that would "go to a Republican either way" — instead of the Arizona Senate race, saying "if there's one person who's responsible for the Democrats keeping control of the Senate, it's McConnell."

As McConnell pushes to hold an election for Republican leadership as soon as possible, several Republican senators are calling for the postponement of internal leadership elections, which are currently slated to occur this week even though several races still don't have winners.

"Mitch McConnell has got to go," Glenn stated. "Why did [he] put so much money in the Murkowski [R-Alaska] race when we knew it was going to be a Republican either way? ... We all know why he did that. He did that because he wanted to make sure he had Murkowski, who would kowtow to him. [...] We also know why he didn't put money into [Arizona Republican candidate] Blake Masters, who could've won that race. He didn't put any money there because he knew Blake Masters would not kowtow."

Glenn went on to suggest it's time for each of us to call our state's Republican senators and make it clear that if they plan to vote for Mitch, they can plan on not having your vote when the next election rolls around.

"Let's see who's on the side of Mitch McConnell, who's a member of the Mitch's B***hes Club ... who is it that will actually stand with this guy, because ... he was instrumental in getting nothing done. Nothing," he said. "Mitch McConnell and his ilk are going to be exactly the same as they have always been."

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Immediately following the mostly disappointing 2022 midterm elections, many conservatives have rushed to back either rising GOP star Gov. Ron DeSantis or former President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

But Glenn Beck cautioned conservatives not to engage in the post-midterm debate between Trump and DeSantis, saying instead that we are blessed to have both men fighting on the side of freedom.

"I am not going to engage in this and I urge you not to engage in this. We have an opportunity right now to have both of these guys on our side. I want both of them in the fight," Glenn said on the radio program.

"Let's count our blessings of having two great fighters. Can you name one on the Democratic side?" he asked.

"Let's celebrate that we have two of them and let the system work it out. We cannot separate ourselves from one another. If Donald Trump wins the nomination, I am all in. If Ron DeSantis wins the nomination, I am all in. It is really important that we don't divide ourselves. That's what the Democrats do. That's what they need us to do," Glenn continued. "Don't give them what they want."

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Whitney Webb EXPOSES the REAL power behind Jeffrey Epstein's sexual blackmail network

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Journalist Whitney Webb has a gift for locating power and hunting it in its darkest corners. In her new two-volume book, “One Nation Under Blackmail: The Sordid Union Between Intelligence and Crime that Gave Rise to Jeffrey Epstein,” she exposes the dark truth about Epstein’s extensive criminal operations and the connections to entire networks of power and influence — a web of elites that infiltrates the highest ranks of every sector, including law enforcement, art, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, big business, real estate, philanthropy, media, academia, banking and more.

Webb joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" to expose just how deep Epstein's vast network of corruption and power really went. Was Epstein a government informant? How big is the scandal's body count? And of course, did Epstein actually kill himself?

Webb's research into transhumanism has also given her a terrifying perspective on the World Economic Forum and tech elites, including Elon Musk. People around the world have had enough of these global elites trying to control their lives, and they're starting to elect leaders who are pushing back. But can these new leaders survive the system that people like Klaus Schwab have put in place?

Webb told Glenn that she believes we're actually facing something much bigger than Klaus Schwab.

Watch the full podcast with Whitney Webb below to learn why Glenn says "this is the most important hour I have ever been a part of in broadcast [and] I've done this for 45 years."

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Why Kari Lake is '100% confident' she will WIN Arizona

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Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Thursday to explain why, with over 100,000 votes left to count, she's "100% confident" that she will win against Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs, who currently still holds a narrow lead.

Kari also gave her thoughts on why the ballot counting has been so slow, why that's "embarrassing" for Arizona, and whether Republican senatorial candidate Blake Masters will also win his election.

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