RUSH: Everything has happened in a crunch. There hasn’t been one relaxed moment in this morning. And not all of it’s been show prep.
Did you ever have one of those days where just everything seems to be a crisis? Every e-mail you get is a crisis, and they come, it’s one of those days where the timing when you get these things that makes you stop what you’re in the middle of to deal with it. And when that happens, folks, I always get worried, “Oh, my gosh, am I not sufficiently prepped to do the program? Have I let the audience down by being distracted during all this stuff that’s going on?” And what usually happens is we have barn burner programs in this regard, in this situation. So we’ll see. We’ll roll the dice.
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You ever get the feeling — I do, I’ll just tell you, I do, some days, and is this one of them. Like look at this Canada thing, the thing that happened up there, and none of it’s surprising to me. But so many other people claim to be shocked, stunned, in a state of disbelief. I often find myself in a situation where you can’t believe people are not up to speed on things that I clearly think they ought to be up to speed on, particularly things that threaten us. And of course the way the media covers events like this kind of adds to the confusion. A crisis, as far as the media is concerned, is always worthwhile, and they milk it.
But this situation up in Canada, this Muslim convert who shot dead a Canadian soldier, everybody is going out of their way, “No, no, no, no, no, no, no. This isn’t terrorism.”
Yes, yes, , yes, yes, yes, it is.
“No, no, no, no, no. There’s no organization going on here. This is just a one-off, a radical.”
No, no, no, no, no. This guy has been programmed to do what he did. He’s been thinking about it for a long time, and his dad was in the resistance in Libya. And in case you need to know, his father fought among anti-Khadafy rebels in Libya in 2011.
Now, before you get confused on that, Mr. Zehaf was born in Quebec to a Muslim Libyan named Bulgasem Zehaf, who appears to have fought on the rebel side in Libya in 2011. Now, keep in mind, the rebels in Libya are the ones who attacked the US mission in Benghazi. It kind of all fits together, but if you don’t want to admit it, if you don’t want to see it for what it is, then of course you’re going to join the crowd that claims to be utterly surprised and confused and still looking for answers. We’re told the shooter, Mr. Zehaf, is a recent convert to Islam. He’s not a recent convert to Islam. He committed to Islam quite a while ago.
Let’s run through the list of things. “Muslim convert who shot dead Canadian soldier is the privately-educated son of country’s immigration chief, had his passport revoked and has ‘links to Syrian terrorist.'” He’s not a recent convert. This guy has been headed in this direction for a long time, as many are.
You know, the real question — and I heard Steve Emerson make this point on TV today. He’s a well-known terrorism expert. These guys are all over the place. You can revoke their passports, it isn’t gonna change a thing about their behavior. These sleepers, for lack of a better term, these recent converts, if that’s what you want to call ’em, they’re all over the place. The thing that intel has a tough time discerning is which one of them is going to act at any given time, but they’re all capable at any given moment of launching an attack like happened yesterday.
You take away their passports. You can put your head and the sand and think, “Well, nah, isn’t gonna happen.” You can hope and pray, but the odds are that the intelligent thing, guided by experience, is to be prepared for it and to dial up intelligence services, try to find out which people like this are going to act. There’s all kinds of them out there, not just in Canada. They are here in the US. They’re in the UK, but they’re all over the place.
This guy had his passport seized after being designated a high risk traveler despite his mother being on Canada’s immigration board. He had multiple drug and robbery arrests. He had a 2003 weapons charge. But he’s a late convert. He had told a friend the devil was after him and knew a man who is still at large after leaving Canada to join Islamist fighters in Syria.
Stephen Harper addressed his country later, saying that this terrorist attack would not intimidate Canada. He placed flowers at the scene today. How does all this happen? People are asking themselves, “Okay, where do these people come from? They’re lurking in the shadows, but what would take somebody born in Canada, born in the United States, wanting to join ISIS, for example? What’s happening to cause that?”
Why would people born in the land of the free and the home of the brave, to use the cliche, why would they be enticed, why would they be intrigued, why would they be curious about joining a terror group? Well, yeah, they think America is the source of all evil, but why do they think that? Okay, so what do we have, when you strip it all away, we have a wacko with a gun driven to kill, and in a place that anybody was able to enter. There didn’t appear to be a whole lot of security.
I think this event in Canada is another example of how the weak and mentally unstable can be driven insane by propaganda from socialists wherever they find it, in the classroom, in the media, or wherever. I think they’re unstable to begin with, and then they are subjected to a barrage of “western civilization is dangerous, it’s bad, it’s murderous. The United States, Canada, whatever, dangerous, bad, murderous, the problem in the world, not the solution.” They hear this over and over again. And then we come back to people who find themselves wandering aimlessly in life but want meaning. They want their lives to have meaning. They want to make a difference, and they’re inundated with all of this anti-western civilization claptrap.
They’re inundated, they’re pummeled with all of this socialist propaganda that portrays the United States as the problem, the real evil in the world. That portrays the US military as its agent. We see it all over this country. We see it all over this country. Not kids turning to jihad, although some are, that is a direction some of them are taking. But I think it’s a perfect illustration of how all of this works. I mean, these people that are affected by this are not immune to it, can’t be immune to it.
If you are subjected enough and regularly to an onslaught of how rotten the United States is, how guilty the United States is, if you are subjected to a daily tirade of all the injustices and all the unfairness and all the discrimination and all the inequality and all of the inequity, at some point you’re gonna snap if you’re not well adjusted to begin with. And who knows then what could become attractive to you as you seek to put action to your thoughts, become a hero or what have you.
You know, Mark Steyn has a book — I just talked to him — interview for the Limbaugh Letter, and the subtitle of his new book is “Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned.” He says, “I have been writing for over a decade now about the west’s wannabe jihadists, often born and raised in Canada and America and Britain and Australia and Europe, some of them converts — or ‘reverts,’ as they call them. Throughout that period, the multiculti delusionists have insisted that Islam’s contribution to the diversity mosaic is no less positive than that of Poles or Italians.
“Now we have pure laine Quebeckers and Nigerian South Londoners converting to Islam because it’s the coolest gang on the planet. And one consequence of that is that a relaxed, open capital city will descend into the same panopticon security state as Washington. I love Ottawa — I know every yard of that stretch of Wellington Street connecting Parliament and the Cenotaph: Chateau Laurier is where I always stay when in town; not so long ago I walked past the war memorial with a senior Minister of the Crown and we talked about how simple and dignified and profoundly moving it was; and during my battles with the ‘human rights’ commissions I had the honour of testifying to the House of Commons and strolling that same Centre Block corridor that that Allahu Akbar loon rampaged down today.”
“An Assault on the Heart of the Canadian State ” is the title of the piece that he’s written about this, Steyn online. I think there’s every bit of evidence to support what he is saying. All these wannabe jihadists, born and raised in Canada, America, Britain, some of them converts. Multicultural delusionists have insisted there’s beauty, there’s peace, and da-da-da-da-da.
And I’m telling you, you take an out-of-balance mind that has been pummeled over and over and over again with all of the horrible things the United States and Canada and Great Britain have done, and make no mistake, they’re subjected to it, so are you, we all are each and every day. We are all subjected. In the classrooms in this country especially, classrooms all the way up from elementary school to the university level, are pummeled with how rotten this country is, how guilty this country is, how fraudulent our founding was. And this is a natural end result when you’re dealing with unstable minds that are subjected to this kind of assault.
And you know it happens. I mean, you’ve had people call here, you’ve read stories, some of the things their professors inundate them with and teach them, supposedly. So it’s a rude awakening. And in the midst of all of this, what are we still talking about, amnesty and open borders? And why are we doing that? Once again because we deserve it. Once again because we have shut out the rest of the world after conquering their land and stealing whatever they had that we wanted and converting ourselves to a superpower. Now they want back what was legitimately theirs. And if we have to open our borders and allow them in, then that’s the only fair thing we can do.
So it’s a combination of self-loathing and political correctness that acts like a lit match thrown on a bunch of gasoline. And at some point these explosions are going to happen. Has Obama called this workplace violence yet? (interruption) He hasn’t? He really hasn’t called this workplace violence? (interruption) Well, I know he refused to call it terrorism. He wouldn’t even call it man-caused disaster. You know, that’s what they used to have to call terrorism. They banned the term at the State Department. I know. That’s the point. They got free health care in Canada. They’ve got a great welfare state in Canada. His dad’s in a powerful position in the government.
Taxes on the wealthy. They raised taxes on the rich. They got multiculturalism up there, multiple languages. What possibly could have been his problem? I mean, the left, supposedly Canada’s a beacon, Canada exists as a beacon, as a utopian place. No military, no defense budget. Well, they got a military, but not like we do, and they don’t spend a lot of money on their military. (interruption) What are you talking about? You talking about the Mounties?
Look, I’m not trying to put them down. They’re a valuable coalition partner. Don’t anybody misunderstand. Nobody is ever gonna call the Canadian military the focus of evil in the modern world like they call ours. That’s the only point I make. Sheesh.
RUSH: Now, the shooter’s father, he did shoot with the Libyan residence, but it was a year prior to Benghazi. I was not saying and I didn’t say that he was part of what happened in Benghazi. I said he was from the group, the same people that did what they did at our consulate in Benghazi, but he fought with them in 2011, which was a year before what happened in Benghazi.
Brian Ross, ABC News, labored all night trying to find a Tea Party connection, I’m sure, but he couldn’t.
ROSS: Canadian officials this morning are calling Michael Zehaf-Bibeau a terrorist, a convert to Islam. Records obtained by ABC News show he had a series of minor criminal convictions for drugs and robbery, and government officials have told Canadian news outlets they had blocked his efforts to travel to travel to Syria to join ISIS. The mother of suspected shooter is reported to be a senior Canadian immigration official.
RUSH: Yeah, look at all of that. Here’s Brian Ross desperately trying to find that the guy had Tea Party roots, but he couldn’t. He wanted to go to Syria to join ISIS so they pulled his passport. Didn’t work, did it? See, this is the point Steve Emerson made. You can pull their passport left and right, you can stop them from traveling, but you can’t prevent them from acting. And so the intel services are going to have to try to find a way, and it’s very hard, to get some kind of an idea which of these people are going to act on their radical beliefs, ’cause they’re all over the place out there.
RUSH: If you want to hear an example of what I was just talking about, it just happened over on CNN. They have a show called Legal View. It’s hosted by Ashleigh Banfield. And she’s speaking with the chief national security correspondent named Jim Sciutto about Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent convert to the jihad. And Ashleigh Banfield said, “This is a guy who had a very troubled past. He was a drug user. He had a criminal record that spans at least a decade. How much of this do authorities think was that he was a troubled guy looking for a cause, that he’d have done it under any cause, or how much of this is that he was radicalized and that others got him to do this?”
So, you see, even the question skirts the truth. The reporter here is given two options, and both options include the possibility that he was motivated by others to do this. He was just a troubled guy. He had no real sense of purpose. He really didn’t know what he was doing, and he was just kind of off of his rocker. He’s the answer.
SCIUTTO: Just a few weeks ago when we were the first to report an American who went to fight and die for ISIS in Syria, he was a Minnesota man, similar as well. He had a long rap sheet, lots of run-ins with the law. He was not raised Islamic or was not raised a Muslim. He converted to Islam and then he joined the terror fight. That’s not to say that anybody who converts to Islam, by any means, is a candidate for this but when you look at that profile you often have troubled young men who find this cause as a new identity, a new definition, and they jump in.
RUSH: See, bending over backwards here to excuse the conversion for being responsible here. A guy converted to Islam, but, but, but, but, but that may not mean anything. As long as we’re going to deal with this by not dealing with it, these kinds of things are going to continue to happen. It’s why it was kind of refreshing to hear Stephen Harper define this for what it was, why it happened and who committed it. It will not happen in our media. It will not happen at the upper levels, the upper tiers of our leadership.
But look at this. I mean, long rap sheet, lots of run-ins with the law. And, by the way, one thing that we can conclude from all this, this guy did not come from anything near poverty. He had educated parents. They had plenty of money. That profile that terrorists are driven to it because of poverty and poverty that’s often the result of United States policies somehow, you can’t lay that excuse for this behavior. There’s no poverty involved here.
He wasn’t raised a Muslim. He converted to Islam. And then he joined the terror fights. Like Mark Steyn says, they want to be a member of the coolest gang going. And right now one of the coolest gangs going is Islamic Jihad. It’s got a great enemy, and that is western civilization, capitalism, wealth, what have you. You know, I see a lot of similarities in this. When you talk about out-of-balance minds, look at the people involved in Occupy Wall Street. Some of them seem to be just a hair away from going over the edge.
You know what’s really instructive about Occupy Wall Street? It was totally manufactured. Occupy Wall Street didn’t really exist. The mind-set was there, but it was not organized. Occupy Wall Street was put together by elements of the Democrat Party and the American left to combat the Tea Party. The Tea Party scared everybody because the Tea Party was the essence of natural. The Tea Party just sprung up out of nothing but genuine reality.
The Tea Party was made up of people who, in many cases, had never ever been involved in any organized political activity outside of voting. But they were outraged and they were scared over the future of the country and what this administration’s policies would wreak. They feared the spending and the debt would mean punitive confiscatory taxation for themselves, their kids, and their grandkids. They thought the American dream was hanging in the balance, and so they organized for the first time.
And there was no leader.
There was no single individual that provided the rallying point, the inspiration, the motivation. That was all on Obama. That was all Democrat policies, people that had never been in politics. And those people you can’t control. So that’s why Obama sicced the IRS on them, so they wouldn’t have a chance to raise any money. It’s why the Republican Party and the Democrat Party didn’t want anything to do with them because they were real. You couldn’t control them. You couldn’t bring them in under some umbrella. There was no way to organize them. It was the essence of a mass collection of individuals.
Well, the Democrats saw this and panicked and created Occupy Wall Street, and they used several left-wing blogs to do it, but it was a mirage, it was an illusion. They tried to make it look like Occupy Wall Street came up as naturally and as a reaction to the Tea Party. Well, it was a reaction to the Tea Party, but it was an organized effort to put it together, and there was funding behind it. There’s no funding behind the Tea Party. Funding? They did it on their own. That came later.
But Occupy Wall Street was the exact opposite. It was a political operation. It was put together. It was given a title, and they were given marching orders, and that was to go camp out in various parts of Manhattan and other centers of wealth, pitch tents, and raise hell. So that the media could then portray Occupy Wall Street as bigger than the Tea Party and just like them except a natural outgrowth.
The Tea Party, I can’t emphasize enough how frightened it made the entire political establishment, because those people want to be able to control everybody under their umbrella: donors, voters, the agenda, the platform, you name it. The Tea Party didn’t fit. There was no way to control them. They were in politics but they were outside of it. They were genuine outsiders and they remain so to this day. They still to this day have the political class, the establishment, bamboozled.
So Occupy Wall Street was created, and it’s the same thing. The people in Occupy Wall Street are bombarded every day and have been for a while with how rotten this country is and how unfair it’s been and how discriminatory and all this. Some of the things that I’ve heard coming out of the people there and some of the threats they’ve made, they’re just a hair breadth’s away from the action this guy in Canada took. It’s all around us. And if you want to be honest, the reasons for it are right in front of our faces.
Some people don’t want to admit it ’cause that means you’d have to face it, you’d have to deal with it. So in that case we have this gentleman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who did what he did in Canada yesterday, converted to Islam, joined the terror fight, but that doesn’t mean anything. Oh, no, no, no, no. We still don’t know why. We still don’t know who. It’s just a sad, sad thing.
RUSH: Here is Mike in St. Catherine, Canada. We’re glad to have you on the program, Mike. Welcome to it. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you. And mega dittoes from us up here in Canada for all you say, Rush. You are the only broadcaster I’ve heard of yet that has had the lead that has actually named this person a Muslim convert, which he was. And the press up here, just like down there, is doing everything in its power to avoid bringing that to light. And it’s just frustrating —
RUSH: Are you kidding? Wait a minute, now. You’ve got all kinds of media up there and you’re telling me, this program, my program is the first one you have heard the shooter referenced as a convert to Islam?
CALLER: Let’s go a step further, Rush. When it first came up, his identity, and that serviced a couple of times, there were some media trying to say, “Well, quit trying to tie this together at this time. This is not something that’s relevant at this time.” Even though they’ve known he was on the CSIS watch list. I mean, some of the things that have gone on, it has cost unfortunately this Nathan Cirillo, he was the soldier that was killed at the cenotaph. And the only reason they were out there guarding was some of these free thinking liberals have had some converts, or maybe Occupy people, they were out there because this place is being urinated on in the past couple of weeks.
They’re out there with guns with no live ammunition. This guy comes up, shoots them, then heads into the parliamentary buildings which are right a stone’s throw away and thank heavens for Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms that day. He went his office, unlocked the gun and took this guy out, because he was steps away and doors away from getting into caucus meetings with —
RUSH: Hold it. I need to ask you a question based on something I think I just heard you say. You said the guards were unarmed.
CALLER: The one at the cenotaph, yes.
RUSH: Right, at the cenotaph. And you said that there have been vandals at the cenotaph recently which —
CALLER: Yes. This has not come out much in Canadian press, but it was very lowly reported and I heard from somebody in Ottawa today that there have been some urination problems at the cenotaph which is one of the reasons these guys were —
RUSH: Okay, that’s one of the reasons why they’re there, but is there any indication that that has a role to play in why the shooter chose this target?
CALLER: No, I don’t think so. I think all along he was headed for the parliamentary buildings, but that’s on the walk towards it and they were there. And what I don’t understand is the complacency. I said to Mr. Snerdley, Canada has gotten a kick in it’s complacent butt today because just last week two soldiers were run down by another Muslim convert in Quebec. I don’t know if you heard this story, but he drove into a bunch of soldiers, killing one of them and injuring a couple of others, and so they’ve been on high alert —
RUSH: That was just an accident, right? There wasn’t anything to that.
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah. It was accident when he drove deliberately into a group of soldiers.
RUSH: Well, something obviously went wrong with the steering mechanism.
CALLER: But I’m telling you, I mean, you talk about — and then even today, except for Stephen Harper, thank God for him, too, because if one of these other opponents of ours like this Mulcair or Justin Trudeau, that would be your Democrats or even worse socialists ever were in charge, we’d be hearing all kinds of excuses. At least the prime minister stood up and called it what it was, an act of terrorism.
RUSH: Don’t you wish you had you had Chretien back?
CALLER: I wish we’d have had Reagan up here, that would have helped.
RUSH: This is fascinating. Your media even now is not referring to the shooter as a Muslim convert?
CALLER: Well, you’re hearing it dribble out in small states, but again just as you made the point, they’re not connecting it to any group. This is just an individual —
CALLER: — with problems. And here’s the hypocrisy of the left, Rush. They call me, a conservative Canadian, you know, there are some of us up here, by the way, and we do love your show, but they call us mind-numbed robots, you and your family of listeners because we listen to your marching orders this, that, and the other thing. And all you have to do is say snap, and we do it. Yet they won’t believe that these individuals can be coerced by their mind-numbed leaders.
RUSH: I know. That’s the classic hypocrisy. But that just shows their animus for us.