Rushdie Knighted - Renewed Calls to Behead Him

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Submitted by Jameson on Fri, 2007-06-22 03:36

No sooner was Sir Salman recognised for his service to literature, than the Pakistani streets flooded with Islamofascists chanting, “Cut off his head!!”

"We will give 10 million rupees (US$165,000) to anyone who beheads Rushdie," declared the traders' association leader Ajmal Baluch in Islamabad.

Hat tip to Cox & Forkum for the report.

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I'm still trying to figure

Erik Christensen's picture

I'm still trying to figure out how she found this man attractive in the first place? Maybe heavy doses of Propranolol.

Salman wins the KBE but loses the trophy...

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After a three-year marriage to Salman, ex-model Padma is walking out - no doubt to find someone less wrinkly, less brainy and less of a bomb threat.

You may have seen her on the excellent reality show Top Chef where she wields her brain cell with the passion of an over-al dente noodle.

I'm guessing he'll miss the nooky, but not the dinnertime foreplay...

It would be nice to actually

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It would be nice to actually see someone who has heroic character, honor, dignity, and selfish pride be knighted in the UK instead of mostly figures in British pop-culture.

LOL, as long as Rick doesn't

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LOL, as long as Rick doesn't get wind of this.


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Very good, Glenn. I presume that's an allusion to the cameraman Wiig as well as our Richard. Very funny.

And so the cycle of hysteria continues...

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Please be kind to Rage Boy

Richard Wiig's picture
Please be kind to Rage Boy
It's tough learning that you've lost your allure.

Making a celebrity out of Rage Boy

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Rage Boy is upest about Rushdie's knighthood

Christopher Hitchens has written a pithy piece on the rise of a composite character he calls Rage Boy, rightly apportioning blame for his notoriety on western journalists who are making Mohammads out of molehills.

Thanks to the media’s saturation of Rage Boy’s emotionalism people are beginning to “ventriloquize” his hysteria and by osmosis are getting hysterical themselves, rushing around warning everyone not to upset him for fear of reprisal.

Hitchens: “This mental and moral capitulation has a bearing on the argument about Iraq, as well. We are incessantly told that the removal of the Saddam Hussein despotism has inflamed the world's Muslims against us and made Iraq hospitable to terrorism, for all the world as if Baathism had not been pumping out Jihadist rhetoric for the past decade (as it still does from Damascus, allied to Tehran).”

Spot on

Kenny's picture

That is a fair summing up IMO. Peter Cresswell was right to attack Boris for a typical brainless, and dangerous, gaffe. Most Tory MPs would have been sacked for such a comment. Boris, however, could rely on his Old Etonian and Bullingdon Club chum to let him off.

Whereas Boris himself has been described...

Robert's picture

... as a porky funster in a urine-coloured wig; the male equivalent of a blonde with big tits; a plummy-voiced nincompoop; the only dumb blonde in Westminster village; a man who has only just learned to dress himself; and a shrewd and calculating prick.

Tips hat to PC and the article he wrote (and linked to) above...

Boris has had the same act for years

Kenny's picture

"How disappointing to learn he's an appeasing flake. Such an endearing fop."

Old Etonians, as we have seen in Cameron's Conservative Party, stick together like glue. Boris was a member of Oxford's notorious Bullingdon Club at the same time as Cameron.

Both are establishment cronies but phonies (like Tony Blair). The ruthlessly ambitious Cameron has copied Blair's faux sincerity. Boris has practiced his bumbling buffer act for 20 years. The public still falls for it but, as recent polls suggest, seems to have tired of Dave already.

You gotta love Boris' description of Tony Blair

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... as "a mixture of Harry Houdini and a greased piglet."

Good Lord!

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Well, in this discussion he's gung-ho in dissing the mullahs in Teheran. How disappointing to learn he's an appeasing flake. Such an endearing fop. I'd love for him to be PM, all things being equal. It would be like having an erudite Bertie Wooster in #10.

Um . . .

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Um, might I remind all right-thinking peoples that it was Mr Boris Johnson who suggested Britain "Give the bomb to Iran" in the hope that "the Iranian public might feel grateful, and engaged, and not demonised" -- in short, that doing so might bring peace instead of a radioactive Holy Land. True story. I wrote about it.

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

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Boris Johnson is not leadership material

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Linz wrote "The Conservative education spokesman is a treat too. Why isn't he leader?"

Boris Johnson, whom I have met on several occasions, is often very amusing but is not leadership material. He cheated on his wife for several years even though he has four children.

Boris is unreliable and is notorious for double-booking engagements, cancelling at the last minute and being late. Despite claiming to be a libertarian, in 2001 he backed the EU-fanatic Kenneth Clarke for the Conservative Party leadership.

Boris will always be the court jester of the Conservative Party. If he cleans up his act and cuts out the gaffes, his fellow Old Etonian may reward him with promotion.

Boris "Bozzer" Johnson

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is a real character alright - one of those Oxford lads who never lost his moppish haircut or his love for the Flashman novels. Quite the eccentric!

Great to hear Hitch say, “… it shouldn’t have been our High Commissioner that was hauled in by the Pakistani Government to be lectured, we should’ve hauled the envoy of Pakistan here and said, ‘Stop that right now or do without all the aid we give you; do without all the protection and alliance that you’ve prospered from out of our kindness and generosity. We won’t have talk of murder for the writing of novels.’”

If you have the time, parts II thru VII are worth a watch too – especially the last part regarding Afghanistan. I wish we could get this sort of firecracker programming here in boring Old Zealand. Lucky ol' Marcus!

Christopher KASSes again!

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Terrific from the first moment where he tells that old bitch Williams that her saying the timing of the knighthood was a mistake was "contemptible." The Conservative education spokesman is a treat too. Why isn't he leader?

Hitchens in Rushdie knighthood debate…

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Christopher Hitchens goes head-to-head with an audience of appeasers on "Question Time":

I apologise to Marcus

Kenny's picture

It's been that sort of week!


Marcus's picture Linz points out that is not my quote.

I admit that statement also made me uneasy. However, given Ruth Edwards staunch arguments in favour of freedom of speech for writers in the rest of the article I wondered if she was convinced the Islamo-fascist protesters were initiating violence. I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.


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By contrast, Marcus wrote
"Indeed, I felt strongly at the time that the Government should have arrested those demonstrators who marched through British towns calling for Rushdie's execution".

Marcus didn't say that. It's in the article he quoted.

I'm with Linz on this. There

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I'm with Linz on this. There should be no arrests or charges for exercising the right to free speech.

Freedom of speech doesn't extend to enemies of war. This is the first war where the enemy is being invited in to fight from the inside. If it doesn't change, then everyones going to regret it.

Do you believe in free speech, Marcus?

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Linz wrote

"Salman Rushdie who said that without the right to cause offence, freedom of speech meant nothing. He should know!"

By contrast, Marcus wrote

"Indeed, I felt strongly at the time that the Government should have arrested those demonstrators who marched through British towns calling for Rushdie's execution".

I'm with Linz on this. There should be no arrests or charges for exercising the right to free speech.

As Voltaire said:

Jameson's picture

“I may disagree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it."

Good post, Marcus, putting Rushdie into perspective, and reminding us of an occurrence when a politician did what she was hired to do and protected the individual - despite his personal views of her. To this day there are liberals who wish death on Maggie - like the Northern Monkey in my office.

I’m heartened by England's refusal to kowtow to the towel-heads... I love to see the bulldog bark.

Salman Rushdie...

Marcus's picture indeed a stoic defender of freedom and opponent of Islamofascism.

But I read an article in the Daily Mail last week, which illustrates why he is disliked in some right-wing circles here (like Kenny). I haven't actually read his books and don't know much about his political or cultural attitudes, but here it is...

Self-pitying, pretentious and ungrateful - so why has Rushdie been knighted?

"When he won the Booker Prize in 1981 with Midnight's Children, I conscientiously attempted to read it three or four times, but struggle as I might, I could never get past page 50: there was something about its portentous tone and an absence of simple humanity that irritated me profoundly.

So too did the way he banged on relentlessly in public about his sufferings as a post-colonial expatriate.

It seemed to me that he didn't like India, his birthplace, and he certainly didn't like the United Kingdom, his host country.

But he was, of course, a wow with the masochistic liberal intelligentsia who loved his savaging of British values as insufficiently cosmopolitan.

Yet, as a taxpayer, I never grudged a penny of the £10 million or so spent on protecting Rushdie for a decade after Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for his murder because he considered The Satanic Verses blasphemous towards Mohammed.

The way the state swung behind this shocking assault on freedom of speech was magnificent.

Although Mrs Thatcher had herself been caricatured as a fascist called "Mrs Torture" in the offending book, she did not hesitate in her response: the British ambassador was ordered home from Tehran, the Iranian charge d'affaires was expelled and Special Branch instructed to spend whatever was necessary to keep Rushdie alive.

A fellow author who, like Rushdie, was born abroad (in my case, Ireland) and had made Britain my adopted country, I was proud of Britain's resolve and commitment to free speech.

But if anything, I felt we had not gone far enough. I loathe political correctness and believe to the core of my being that writers should have the right to offend.

Indeed, I felt strongly at the time that the Government should have arrested those demonstrators who marched through British towns calling for Rushdie's execution and even wrote to my MP to complain about appeasement.

Yet I was also conscious that the book at the centre of the storm seemed so unworthy of the profound battle of ideas that it had unleashed.

As I recall, there were few defenders of the literary merits of The Satanic Verses, and I believe to this day that it was clearly, intentionally - if not gratuitously - provocative.

Rushdie had been brought up Muslim and claimed to have a deep understanding of Islam, so he should have known that as an apostate he was guilty of a capital offence and should not have been amazed that Islam's self-appointed spokesmen took umbrage.

Did he really think through the consequences of his words? I rather doubt it; he was just an intellectual adolescent who just enjoyed taunting authority figures.

Certainly, Rushdie should never be compared with those brave Muslims who risk their lives by telling unpalatable truths about fanatical Islam - people like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somalian who became a Dutch MP and because of her outspoken criticism of the treatment of Muslim women has had to seek refuge in America.

Or Ed Hussain, author of The Islamist, who is under threat because of his revelations about how he was radicalised in 1990s London. They write to warn us of danger, not merely to blow a raspberry-at the Ayatollahs.

Yet, whether it was his intention or not, Rushdie's work generated a firestorm that still rages to this day, with the scenes in today's Tehran echoing the violent protests that surrounded the publication of the Satanic Verses nearly 20 years ago.

Some paid the ultimate price for supporting him. Hitoshi Igarashi, who translated the book into Japanese, was knifed to death in July 1991; Ettore Caprioli, its Italian translator, was seriously injured in a stabbing that same month; and William Nygaard, its Norwegian publisher, survived an assassination attempt in October 1993. (I give their names because they seem to have been forgotten).

Of course, it would be absurd to blame Rushdie for those attacks - the guilt lies solely with the fanatics.

But I was shocked that at a time when he should have been preoccupied by the terrible fate of these peripheral players, Rushdie was instead full of self-pity for his own predicament.

Of course he was frightened and of course it was a tough life moving from safe house to safe house, able to appear in public only rarely and without notice.

Yet he was lucky: he was alive, and lionised by many of the literati who formed the London-based International Rushdie Defence Committee.

But petulant and ungenerous as ever, he showed little gratitude to those who supported him - or to the British taxpayer who paid for his £10 million security bill - being more concerned with denouncing those who had the temerity to criticise him."

Islamo-Fascist Filth in NZ

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Dom Post, Sat June 23:

New Zealand Muslims have added their voices to worldwide anger at the British Government's decision to knight Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses. Federation of Islamic Association president Javed Khan said the organisation was saddened and extremely disappointed at the honour, saying Rushdie's book was blasphemous and had "inflicted emotional pain" on Muslims.

I note there's no being "saddened and extremely disappointed" by the fatwa. Piece of shit.

If we needed another reason to appreciate Britain...

atlascott's picture it is!  He may be an awful writer (don't know).  And he might be no friend of freedom (for all I know he may advocate beating your wife twice rather than the Islam-orthodox thrice nightly).  But I love his knighting, given his most unfavored status in the camps of our enemies.

Scott DeSalvo

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur!

It was also ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... Salman Rushdie who said that without the right to cause offence, freedom of speech meant nothing. He should know!

Fuck Islam!


Richard Wiig's picture

Since when have knighthoods been about being a member of "the club"? I'm pretty sure it was Salmon Rushdie who said something along the lines of: "Freedom is like air, you don't notice it until you start running out of it." Someone who says that surely knows the value of freedom to some degree, and can't be all bad.


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With Islam, and its conscientious practitioners! And contempt for its quiet practitioners, the "moderates" who silently acquiesce

You are moving dangerously into "bigot" territory. Beware!

My enemy's enemy is not my friend

Kenny's picture

Salman Rushdie is not friend of liberty and his books are awful. He does not deserve his knighthood.

And ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

This is a news story worth posting, and one that should fill any decent person with disgust.

With Islam, and its conscientious practitioners! And contempt for its quiet practitioners, the "moderates" who silently acquiesce.

I Have Finally...

James S. Valliant's picture

... come to appreciate titles of nobility! I say Her Majesty should make Sir Salman the first "Lord Rushdie" -- just so we can see the reaction.

No Complaints

Fraser Stephen-Smith's picture

This is a news story worth posting, and one that should fill any decent person with disgust.

Thank you, Glenn

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