As a committed, long-standing Twitter detractor, I’ve exhaustively bashed the social networking site for all imaginable crimes, and even unimaginable ones. But through the gift of hindsight, I admit giving Twitter short-shrift in one department: it tends to work like they say old age does, concentrating your quirks, tics and psychopathologies, making you yourself, only more so. This is generally not a good thing. Unless you like watching people foul the bed. (And I do!)
Last night, during one of the most widespread, bloodiest terror attacks in European history, it was Dean Obeidallah’s turn. For those unfamiliar with the social-justice comic (a self-cancelling proposition), Daily Beast columnist, and American-Muslim host of XM’s The Dean Obeidallah Show, there, I’ve just familiarized you. His overriding mission, however, is spreading the gospel of the Religion of Peace ®, to combat those who unfairly stereotype Islam as being the Religion of Pieces.
“I want to be your Muslim friend,” Obeidallah’s written, “so if you don’t have one, follow me on Twitter.”
Since I’m not on Twitter, I couldn’t make new friends with Obeidallah. But as the death toll in Paris kept climbing, I could read his feed. Which was not unlike watching a mental breakdown unspool in real time. Obeidallah started innocuously enough, keeping the victims in his prayers.
But when writer Ben Shapiro mentioned that President Obama made no mention of the Islamic orientation of the terrorists during his statement – Allah forbid we’d “other” anyone after they’d just committed mass, cold-blooded murder – Obeidallah vacated his prayer rug to start the trolling.
He was concerned, it seemed, by people who were overly concerned about the who-dunnit instead of what-had-been-done, also known as blaming the victimizers. In response to Shapiro, he retweeted Harold Cook, a self-described “progressive Texan in a bad mood” and a “stuff pointer-outer.”
Obeidallah didn’t want little moppet punks like Shapiro telling him who had done what, and in whose name. He wanted time to tell him. Here, let him tell it:
I can’t be certain what news sources Obeidallah was reading at this point. There are so many out there. Why, if Islamic terrorists were responsible for the killing, you’d think that the Council on American-Islamic Relations would be up to speed. But checking their Twitter feed last night, even long after the attacks had commenced, they were still celebrating “World Kindness Day.”