Just when you thought you were safe from catching Ebola, CNN has a new contagion for you to watch out for: Sudden Jihad Syndrome. In among the mix of facts and speculation about dead 32 year-old Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, CNN’s Deborah Feyerick casually dropped in a reference to a diagnosis that sounded more like a visit to Dr. Nick Riviera‘s office than a news report:
“They’re very interested in finding out who he was in contact with, whether he was radicalized online, whether this is what’s called Sudden Jihad Syndrome, where all of a sudden he decided he was going to do something…”
Zehaf-Bibeau is the coward who shot a soldier in the back at Canada’s National War Memorial yesterday, and was then, himself, shot dead by Canadian Parliament Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers after trying to continue his shooting rampage in the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa. Prior to the shooting, the Canadian government had revoked Zehaf-Bibou’s passport when they learned he planned to fight with terrorists overseas.
If Sudden Jihad Syndrome sounds new to you too, it’s because you haven’t followed the scientific body of work amassed by the likes of Professor Pamela Geller and Doctor Rush Limbaugh. The term was apparently coined by neo-con scholar Daniel Pipes. According to Conservapedia (emphasis mine):
Sudden Jihad Syndrome is a term coined by Daniel Pipes to describe Muslims that suddenly or unexpectedly turn against civilized, Western society and engage in acts of terror. Pipes has argued that due to this phenomenon all Muslims must be considered potential terrorists.
Conservapedia also helpfully notes, “In another example of bias in Wikipedia, Wikipedia has refused to allow any article on this topic and even refused to let an editor work on a draft for a rewrite of the article,” a set of standards that seems to eclipse CNN’s.