Hat tip Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers
"I'm sad about the crashed Russian military jet. The TU-154 could have carried up to 180 military personnel instead of just 92!"
*Update: He's taken it down and apologized.
Hussam Ayloush is the Southern California CEO of the Council on American Islamic Relations, a Muslim Brotherhood front group that supports Hamas but poses as a human right group. Similarly, Ayloush describes himself as a human rights activist, which I don't buy for a minute.
In no way do I support what the Russians are doing in Syria, and I understand Ayloush is of Syrian origin. However, I take no pleasure in this crash. These were musicians of the famed Alexandrov Ensemble, the successors to the Red Army Choir, going to Syria to perform for the Russian military. It is they who we think of when we hear the old Soviet (now Russian) national anthem with one of the most beautiful melodies of any national anthem. I myself have used it for parodies on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
To repeat, Russia is no ally of ours, and they are doing despicable things in Syria-as it seems all sides are doing. I just think that Ayloush's comments are not appropriate.
But when has this guy ever said anything appropriate?
* Update: Today, our local fish wrap, the OC Register has listed Ayloush among OC's 100 most influential people.