After being derided and charged with trafficking in wild conspiracy theories, Glenn Beck redoubled his warnings that the uprisings in Egypt could lead to an Islamic caliphate spreading across the Middle East on his radio show Thursday.
Beck has come under criticism for his doomsday vision of the potential fallout from the Egyptian revolution. He has warned that the world is "being divvied up" by the "uber left" and the "Islamicists," and that what was formerly "Ancient Babylon" could emerge as the new seat of "evil" and center of the new caliphate.
On his radio show, Beck struck back at his critics. "When I say that there's a caliphate, that it is a desire of the Islamic extremists in the Middle East, that is not a conspiracy theory," he said. "They want a caliphate. Look it up...so don't talk to me about crazy conspiracy theories."
He then issued, as he put it, a warning. "I plant my flag in this soil," he said. "If I'm wrong, so be it. So be it. Then I am wrong. And you can discredit me all you want for the end of time. But I'm telling you I'm not wrong on this one."
Beck continued, laying out three things he said he knew to be true:
"1. Groups from the hardcore socialist and Communist left and extreme Islam will work together because they are both a common enemy of Israel and the Jew.
2. Groups from the hardcore socialist and Communist left and extreme Islam will work together because they are the common enemy of capitalism and the western way of life.
3. Groups from the hardcore socialist and Communist left and extreme Islam will work to overturn relatively stable countries, because, in the status quo, they are both ostracized from power."
"Islam wants a caliphate. Communists want a Communist, new world order. They'll work together, and they'll destabilize, because they both want chaos, period."