[ Charles Cameron — always on the lookout for signs of the dajjal — even in the New York Times ]
Are you Presbyterian?
I probably wouldn’t have take much notice of Ali Gharib’s tweet (upper panel, above) if I hadn’t just wandered off after reading a tweet from Habib Zahori:
#Kabul: Driver: People only talk about Qeyamat, judgment day, we live every second of our lives in Qeyamat.
— Habib Zahori (@habibzahori) August 3, 2013
to find out who he was, and run across his NYT piece, The Insidious Language of War, which looked interesting enough that I read it — leading me to the headlights quote (lower panel, above).
Okay, two one-eyed remarks in five minutes got me thinking…
But as you may know, by now my mind is fully stocked with what Coleridge in his Biographia Literaria calls the “hooks and eyes of memory” — so a broken headlight in Kabul and mention of the Mullah’s missing eye brought me naturally to the celebrated image of Mullah Omar (below, upper panel)
and thence (lower panel) to the Dajjal — Islam’s version of the Antichrist.
Thus, a sort of Six degrees of Kevin Bacon game brought me from a Daily Beast blogger via broken headlights to the Dajjal in three quick hops — and the result is what one might term a false positive…
It was fun while it lasted — I just wonder how many times NYPD officers ask drivers “Are you Amish?” Maybe a horse and buggy on Fifth Avenue would somewhat justify so inquisitive an inquiry.