"We are from God and to God we shall return." (Quranic verse). I am informing all brave Muslims of the world that the author of The Satanic Verses, a text written, edited, and published against Islam, the Prophet of Islam, and the Koran, along with all the editors and publishers aware of its contents, are condemned to death. I call on all valiant Muslims wherever they may be in the world to kill them without delay, so that no one will dare insult the sacred beliefs of Muslims henceforth. And whoever is killed in this cause will be a martyr, God Willing. Meanwhile if someone has access to the author of the book but is incapable of carrying out the execution, he should inform the people so that [Rushdie] is punished for his actions ~ Rouhollah al-Mousavi al-Khomeini."
On 14 February 1989 the preceeding fatwa was issued against Salman Rushdie. His crime was that he had insulted the Prophet of Islam and the Quran in his novel entitled "The Satanic Verses". Prior to the fatwa being issued, not many outside of literary circles had even heard of Salman Rushdie or his novel "The Satanic Verses". Surely not the Iranians or the rest of the Muslims living throughout the world.
By 1997 Salman Rushdie would find that much of Europe and the civilized world had not only abandoned him, but had sacrificed his freedom and safety in a futile and pathetic attempt to appease his would be Islamic judges and executioners. On 14 February 1997 , Salam Rushdie wrote a letter to London's 'The Guardian' newspaper excoriating the EU for it's impotence and in it both deploring and pleading with England and the EU to stand firm and intervene in this matter of the highest urgency. In retrospect, Mr. Salman Rushdie's words would offer a veiled glimpse at the coming future of European and Western civilization. A civilization that would one day willingly subjugate itself to dhimmitude. in the name of diversity and "religious tolerance".
In 1999 a United Nation report stated that "...there has been an escalation of death fatwas emanating from Iran, and elsewhere, against individuals and entire groups...[sic]" , many people would be killed and many would die and yet nothing would be done. While much of the world has forgotten, Salman Rushdie today still lives his life in fear. On 12 February 2005 of this year Iran officially stated that the fatwa against Salman Rushdie did only remain valid, but that it was irrevocable.
Like many others, I had not heard of the small paragraph in the Newsweek article until on Friday the 6th of May when Pakistani cricket legend and now politician Imran Khan decided to preserve a copy of the magazine and call a news conference to show copies of the offensive paragraph to everyone and let others know not only how offended he was by it, but how all Muslims should be offended by it as well. Taking the cue from Mr. Imran Khan and finding themselves now equally offended, both Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya urgently bought their own copies of the magazine so they could immediately broadcast to the illiterate Muslims throughout the world this offensive paragraph.
Again the sabre rattles and sharp fangs of militant Islam become exposed as the "muslim street" goes into a rabid bloodlusting frenzy brought on and incited not by Newsweek, but by Imran Khan and the Muslim media. This is not the first time we have seen this and it won't be the last. The "muslim street" has learned over the years that their rage and violence gives birth to concessions and rewards from an ever compliant America and Europe who will willingly sacrifice their own convictions, freedom and treasure in an attempt to temper the flames of Islamic rage.
And so, like good dhimmis, and in the name of diversity and "religious tolerance" once again we are called upon to sacrifice and thust another of our own into the volcano of Islamic rage hoping once more that we can appease and quell the insatiable hunger of our perpetually offended Islamic overlords. When will we come to the painful yet bitter realization that our mere existence is offensive to these people?
Regardless of whether the reports were true or false, to accuse Newsweek for the deaths of people would be synonymous with blaming J. D. Salinger for the death of John Lennon and yet Mark Whitaker of Newsweek magazine now finds himself on the defensive being accused of sparking global riots. The blogosphere has been even more unforgiving with Michelle Malkin now leading the charge and having the audacity to accuse Newsweek and their editors of having blood on their hands. Somewhere in Pakistan and the Middle East the real perpetrators of the incitement are laughing as the stupid kaffirs once again eat their own.
To blatantly imply or suggest that a nation of short-fused, uneducated Muslim reprobates living in mud huts and eating Fear Factor food could be whipped into a rabid killing frenzy all due to a paragraph written in English in Newsweek magazine is beyond reprehensible. It is indicative nothing more than that of a brainwashed Western civilization suffering from Stockholm's Syndrome and finally coming to terms with it's unwitted dhimmitude.