If you believe in the paranoid fantasies of conservatives, ISIS terrorists have raised the black flag “in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez” and are coming for your guns, and your Bibles, and maybe a little Tex-Mex along the way (because you can only eat so much Levantine shawarma in a pita before you want something different).
Governor Rick Perry, who would like Texas to be its own little fiefdom, until he has a problem that requires federal intervention, is one of the paranoid loons — or perhaps he’s just a carrier of this right-wing sickness. On the issue of people illegally crossing the U.S. border into his state, Perry claimed: “These are people that are coming from states like Syria that have substantial connections back to terrorist regimes and terrorist operations.” Allow me — “Balderdash, poppycock, tripe and twaddle, governor.”
Sean Hannity decided that his radio program was a good place to repeat the falsehood. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) joined the chorus of those lying about this perceived threat, and before you knew it, the “four individuals trying to cross … that do have ties to known terrorists organizations in the Middle East,” had morphed into TEN TERRORISTS! Except, of course, the actual number would be zero, as in NO terrorists have crossed the border.
Now it’s Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) who’s repeating this nonsense to a gullible Fox audience.
The problem of conservatives living inside their echo chamber of stupidity, is they’re helping to hype irrational fears of everyday Americans. They’ll tell anyone who will listen that ISIS beheads non-believers and non-combatants alike (while ignoring the Saudis do the same thing, for a crowd, in a soccer stadium), but the suggestion that it might happen in America is nothing but a bunch of inane flummery — or, as Vice President Biden might say, “malarkey.”
The Department of Homeland Security — the agency responsible for border security — was forced to issue a statement, saying that these claims are “categorically false.” Theirs was a wildly-unsuccessful attempt to provide calm and reason to the discussion, and was roundly-ignored by anyone who still believes ISIS represents “Islam” (they don’t).
The next time you hear some right wing conspiracy claiming ISIS killers are coming across the border with “car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED),” feel free to tell them that their fears are unjustified — and they should stop peddling in fustian fantasies of death and dismemberment, because … ewwww.