Oh dear – the Internet strikes again.

Just when a passionate and self-righteous fanatic decided to delete what he was sure had been an amusing post about the death of nearly 100 passengers in a Christmas Day plane crash, he found out the hard way that Twitter is forever.


The executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Los Angeles office, Hussam Ayloush, apparently thought it would be clever to post his wish that more had died in the crash into the Black Sea just after take-off from Sochi, the site of the 2014 Olympic Games.

“I'm sad about the crashed Russian military jet. The TU-154 could have carried up to 180 military personnel instead of just 92,” Ayloush tweeted, no doubt expecting positive comments and thousands of retweets from like-minded Muslims.

Ayloush guessed wrong and, like so many who leap onto social media to post their opinions, comments and thoughtless witticisms before actually waiting for facts, the CAIR official created controversy and bad feelings rather than approving retweets.

The Russian plane bound for Syria was carrying a world renowned choir, not soldiers, for a Christmas concert in the war weary nation.

The backlash of angry comments about his poor taste prompted him to delete the tweet, but as even most teenagers now know – deleting a tweet or Facebook post does not mean it disappears as though it never existed.

Screen shots of the offensive tweet were themselves already going viral – with non-too complimentary comments.

Ayloush’s first tweet of regret called it an error.

“Deleted an earlier tweet I posted abt a Russian military jet that crashed on its way to Syria before knowing it included non-combatants.”

When that proved insufficient to counter comments like, Ayloush tried again with, “While Russia engages in war crimes against innocent civilians in Syria, I would never condone/tolerate death of Russian civilians.”

Finally, he couldn’t resist a criticism of Russian with his final non-apology “apology,” with, “Every human life is sacred. If anything, Russians are also victims of this war forced on them a Syrians by Putin.”

Perhaps he should have just waited for more information before satisfying his need to make a cruel and hostile comment.

The FBI has broken off a working relationship with CAIR after a determination that the non-profit Muslim organization is involved with the terror group, Hamas.

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