5 Insane, But Utterly Predictable, Reactions to the Ottawa Jihad Attack


5. Derek Stoffel of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Before Zehaf-Bibeau’s identity was known, CBC’s Derek Stoffel tweeted: “Amid the speculation in the #OttawaShooting in #Canada, it’s important to remember #ISIS hasn’t shown interest in attacks abroad.”

Stoffel should have known that in late September, the Islamic State’s spokesman, Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani, urged Muslims to murder non-Muslims in the West. “Rely upon Allah,” he thundered, “and kill him in any manner or way however it may be. Do not ask for anyone’s advice and do not seek anyone’s verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling.” He also addressed Western non-Muslims: “You will not feel secure even in your bedrooms. You will pay the price when this crusade of yours collapses, and thereafter we will strike you in your homeland, and you will never be able to harm anyone afterwards.”

Stoffel quickly deleted his tweet and backtracked from his flagrantly counter-factual statement, but he wasn’t alone in ignoring the obvious and creating a fictional alternate reality: