[Ed. – Cruz spoke before it was clear that the hatchet attack in Queens was a jihadi terror attack. I have no doubt he would have included it in his list of recent attacks, if he had spoken 24 hours later.]
Recent terror attacks in Jerusalem and Canada are not isolated events, and American policy leaders must drop “the illusion that these are random acts of senseless violence unrelated to our national security,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said.
Whether the Islamic State or Hamas is behind the attacks, the extremist ideology remains the same–and it poses a direct threat to democratic values across the globe, Cruz said in pointed comments to those who might claim the attacks were unrelated.
Following the Hamas terror attack Wednesday in Jerusalem–which injured several American citizens, including a child–both Hamas and the more moderate Fatah ruling party praised the terrorist responsible for the attack.
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The same day, IS supporters worldwide took to Twitter to celebrate the fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier by a radicalized man that attacked the country’s Parliament building. …
“We have to get away from the illusion that these are random acts of senseless violence unrelated to our national security,” Cruz said.
Cruz said the attacks are both strains of the same extremist virus. …
The attack in Canada, which officials said was carried out by a “radicalized” individual, is similar to previous attacks in the United States, such as the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood that the Obama administration classified as “workplace violence” rather than terrorism. …
“Innocent Americans have similarly been slaughtered on our homeland in Fort Hood, Texas; in Moore, Okla.; and at a Army recruiting center in Little Rock, Ark.”
“Whether it’s in Jerusalem, Ottawa, or in American hometowns, the threat is the same,” Cruz said.