On “GPS,” CNN host Fareed Zakaria blasted Glenn Beck’s assertion that around ten percent of Muslims are terrorists.
Beck first made the claim in a 2003 book, but it didn’t attract major coverage until he repeated it last week on his radio show. Zakaria said Beck’s claims were ludicrous.
“Beck wondered why this wasn’t receiving any media coverage,” he said. “Well, let me suggest one reason. It is total nonsense. A figure made up by Glenn Beck with absolutely no basis in fact.”
Zakaria noted that, according to the State Department, there were around 11,000 terrorist attacks committed in the world in 2009. He said he would be “generous” to Beck and assume that a hundred people carried out each attack — even though, in reality, most involved from one to three people.
“One hundred people times 11,000 terror attacks equals 1,100,000 people,” Zakaria said. “But Glenn Beck’s figure is 157 times higher than that. If in fact there are 157 million Muslim terrorists in the world, what would the other 155,900,000 of them doing last year?”
(Source: HuffingtonPost.com and CNN)