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Canadian-caused Disaster

Having re-classified terrorism as “man-caused disaster,” and insisted that illegally crossing the border is “not a crime,” Janet Napolitano then declared that all those terrorists — er, man-caused-type-incident specialists — who caused the man-caused disaster on 9/11 entered the country via Canada.

They didn’t, and Canadians are understandably miffed at being slandered by the Secretary of Hopeychangey Security. In The Globe & Mail, Lawrence Martin has a, er, novel line of approach:

What is Bush throwback Janet Napolitano doing in Barack Obama’s cabinet?

Oh, dear. By contrast, the CBC’s Rex Murphy gets to the heart of the matter:

What is Barack Obama doing appointing someone to head Homeland Security, who, eight years after the attacks, does not even now know where the hijackers came from and how they got into their country? Here, it’s not her ignorance about Canada which should be troubling. It’s her ignorance of the most publicized event in modern American history. How can anyone be head of Homeland Security and not know the history of the 19 men who killed nearly 3,000 Americans?

Just so. The mass murderers of Secretary Napolitano’s compatriots never set foot in Canada. Under the State Department’s Visa Express program for young Saudi males, they filled out joke perfunctory U.S. government paperwork, and even then barely troubled to observe the niceties: “Address while in the United States: HOTEL AMERICA,” etc. No octogenarian Toronto snowbird who’s been wintering in Florida every year since 1947 would try to get away with answers like that.

A person too incurious to have picked that up over the last eight years is now in charge of Homeland Security.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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