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The Return of ‘Blame Canada’

(Konrad Yakabuski – Globe & Mail)

Before the despicable acts of Martin Couture-Rouleau and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau sent American news anchors racing to Ottawa last week, opportunistic U.S. politicians had been busy spreading hysteria about Islamic State sympathizers crossing illegally into the United States from Mexico.

On Oct. 7, Duncan Hunter, a Republican congressman from California, told Fox News: “I know that at least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas.” Mr. Hunter’s claim was so demonstrably false it earned him a “pants on fire” designation from PolitiFact. Not that the truth mattered. Ebola, the Islamic State and insecure borders are America’s new triple threat. A few scaremongers have even warned of Islamic State militants crossing the border to spread Ebola.

Amid the hysteria, it was inevitable that conspiracy theorists would look north after the attacks in Ottawa and Quebec by two radicalized lone wolves. Read more here.