Glenn Beck: Interview with author Brad Thor on “The Last Patriot” and ISAJuly 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Shariah | 2 Comments
June 30, 2008 – 13:02 ET
GLENN: Thrilled to have Brad Thor on with me. He is the author of The Last Patriot. This is a book that I read how long ago, Mr. Thor, best selling New York Times author?
THOR: I think it was back in March, Glenn.
GLENN: Okay. You sent it to me and I said to you, in all seriousness, I had you on the air and I said, you’re a dead man.
THOR: Yeah, you told me don’t publish it.
GLENN: Yeah. Now, I told you — I wrote to you and I didn’t mean to be presumptuous at all but I wrote to you and I said, A, are you going to back off of any of this; B, are you going to tell me what’s real and what’s not real in the final version of the book. Did you do either of those?
THOR: I didn’t back off on any of it. The book is exactly what you saw. There’s a — and again this is a thriller. The Last Patriot is a thriller, but there’s a lot of little secrets that Islam doesn’t want out there that I’ve incorporated into this book, but I did do what you said and at the end I have an author’s note and I do say, hey, these are the true things that the book is based upon and this is where I took artistic license.
GLENN: Okay. This is — I tell you, Brad, and I don’t mean to fall all over you here on this but this is — I read your book and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with the Internet, with the laptop by my side because — I mean, I do that a lot with some books because so riddled with ADD. But your book — for instance, the memorial that you talk about, the thing that used to be sitting in Washington D.C., the capital.
GLENN: And now has been moved to Annapolis, I had to look that up and see if that was real. I couldn’t believe it.
THOR: It’s true. And I guarantee you, Glenn, it’s only a matter — and that was a tribute to our brave men who died in defending this country when we first went to war with radical Islam during the time of Thomas Jefferson and I guarantee you one day we’ll have some Muslim benevolence organization that wants it taken down because it’s offensive to Muslims. I guarantee it will happen.
GLENN: I looked it up. What is the name of this thing? If you are listening and you happen to be by a computer, you’ve got to Google this. What’s the name of this thing?
THOR: It’s called the Tripoli Monument and it’s at the naval academy in Annapolis.
GLENN: What is the line from the Marines?
THOR: From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.
GLENN: And I had no idea. It didn’t even occur to me. I know the story of the pirates that were, you know, marauding and taking control of the seas and Thomas Jefferson had to go after the pirates. And I know the story about Tripoli kind of. I didn’t realize, it didn’t click to me that it was Islamic extremists that Thomas Jefferson was going after.
THOR: And that’s exactly it. What’s interesting is that our Navy, when we went to war with Great Britain in the Revolutionary War, we were protected by the Brits in the war. We were protected by the French in the war was over. And then once the war was over, the French said, okay, America, glad we could help out, good luck, you need to pay us back for everything we did for you. And we were alone on the high seas. And the Muslims of North Africa were the most horrific Barbarist pirates out there and Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with the Muslim ambassador to Tripoli in London to say — they wanted to know, hey, we’re not making war on you; why are you just killing our ships and taking our goods and everything? And the Muslim ambassador — now, this is back in, like, 1784 — said, well, it’s written in our Qur’an that all nations which don’t acknowledge the prophet Mohammed are sinners and we’ve got the right and it’s our duty to plunder and enslave you and that any of our guys who die doing it go to paradise. It’s exactly — and congress said we need to smack these guys down, we cannot show weakness. And congress said, you know what, maybe we just pay them off, let’s not go — let’s not cause any trouble, let’s just pay them off the way the French and everybody else are doing right now.
GLENN: Just, it’s amazing that the 1700s were dealing with the same thing and you saw the way Thomas Jefferson dealt with it.
Now, listen, I don’t want to get off on the standard because this is not what the book is about.
THOR: No, that’s the historical back drop for the book.
GLENN: This is going to sound like a boring history book and it’s not a boring history book. This is one of the best action thrillers and I’m telling you I think this is the Da Vinci Code. Did you use any quotes from me?
THOR: Yes, he with did. I believe there are some quotes that they used in there. There’s also — of course, I put a — you’ve been very helpful. I did put in a special acknowledgment to you. But I haven’t seen the final stuff that the publisher’s got going out.
GLENN: Yeah, I just wanted to know if they used, because I think this is a — the way I felt about this book, this is the Da Vinci Code for Islam. As much as the Catholic church didn’t want the Da Vinci Code to come out, this is the Da Vinci Code for Islam, except the Da Vinci Code was so much more fiction than this is. This is based on real historical fact, a lot of it, and it is absolutely — I’m telling you, you’re going to have a fatwa on you.
THOR: Well, you know, I’ve already had multiple death threats come in and that’s something that we’re taking very seriously with the tour coming up and everything, but I think it’s important for me to tell your listeners, Glenn, what the story is based on is that the Prophet Muhammad had one final revelation, shared it with his disciples and was assassinated to keep it quiet and keep it off the core rand and if that revelation can be found today, it will completely reshape Islam and that’s what the book I is based on. So you are right, it is not a historical book. This is a contemporary thriller and that’s what the basis of the book is.
GLENN: Why did you write it?
THOR: You know, I’ve been fascinated. I hear all the time about Islam being a religion of peace and I thought, wow, that’s weird, there’s so much violence in there. And the more I study the Qur’an, the more I realize that it’s kind of — it’s unlike the Bible. It’s not organized chronologically. It’s organized from longest chapters to shortest. So the stuff from the end of Mohammed’s life, the real vile violence stuff abrogates the stuff in the beginning and I got to thinking, wow, I had heard all this stuff about Mohammed being assassinated potentially and I thought, what if he had a final revelation before he died and what if that could be found today. And then I started looking into a couple of very old finds of Qur’anic documents where the people who are studying them mysteriously started turning up dead and I thought, this is a great idea for a thriller. But the —
GLENN: Wait a minute. Are you talking about the Yemen discoveries and there’s, I think Nazi era Germany they also found.
GLENN: And what did they find exactly?
THOR: Well, in the Yemen, the great mosque in Sana’a, Yemen in ’74 they uncovered all of these parchments and fragments of parchments. They were other parts of the Qur’an and what they found when they started studying them was, uh-oh, there’s stuff in here that doesn’t look like the Qur’an today and we’ve gone around telling everybody that the Qur’an is perfect and now here are these discrepancies, let’s shut it down and keep it quiet, let’s not let anybody see it. And then we found out recently just within a couple of months ago that this big, big study of the Qur’an that the Nazis were doing we thought had been destroyed in World War II, and it turns out that the first guy who assembled this for the Nazis was killed in a mysterious climbing accident. His successor was killed in a plane crash. And then the guy that it was left to lied and died at 93, a few months ago. And when people were going through his stuff, they found out, wait a second, he lied and said this stuff had been destroyed in a bombing raid in World War II. He actually had it the whole time but he was so afraid of being murdered that he kept it secret and told everybody it was gone.
GLENN: Do you have any idea what’s in that yet? Have they released what’s in those documents?
THOR: No. And the Germans — I mean, these are the same people that cancelled the opera because of —
GLENN: I know.
THOR: There’s all of this fear that there’s going to be this terrible reaction. So the Germans are saying it could take 15 years before we get all the studying done and all this stuff. So you know what? The one thing I’ve learned from doing my research is Islam has some very dark, very scary skeletons in its closet that it does not want out there, that it absolutely cannot defend.
GLENN: See, this is the kind of stuff that’s going to get you killed.
THOR: But it’s true.
GLENN: Right here. This is it.
THOR: Glenn, it’s true. This stuff —
GLENN: You know what, I’ve said this to you before. I’ve said this to you before, and you and your wife sat in my office for a few minutes.
GLENN: And I — did I not talk to your wife about it?
THOR: Yes, you —
GLENN: I’m done talking to you.
THOR: You sat us both down and you talked to her, yeah.
GLENN: And I said, don’t be cavalier on this stuff. As a guy who, believe me, has seen it firsthand, don’t be cavalier on this stuff. You know, you don’t — I mean, I hope you’re — when are you going on — when does the book come out? Today or tomorrow?
THOR: The book comes out tomorrow morning. Tonight technically it’s out.
GLENN: All right. When the book comes out, I will be shocked if you don’t have massive backlash. When do you go on tour?
THOR: Tomorrow, my first tour stop is Chicago.
GLENN: Well, that’s — Chicago’s, where are you going from there?
THOR: Islamabad, Tehran.
GLENN: I was going to say, I hope you picked carefully.
THOR: You know what, Glenn, I’ll be across the country and my website, BradThor.com has got all the dates and everything. At the end of the day — and you and I talked about this before. I really do not believe Islam is any more immune from criticism or fictionalization than Mormons of Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity. Islam is getting this free pass on so many levels and I just don’t think that as an artist — what I keep saying is I have a right to write whatever I want to write and that right is equaled by another right which is the right not to read it.
GLENN: Tell me about the Muslim brotherhood strategy memo that the U.S. Government had and then kept secret. (Continue Reading this Article)