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Iran denies being involved in attack on Salman Rushdie

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The Iranian government have long ago stated that they are not interested in Mr Rushdie. In interviews, Mr Rushdie himself has said that The Iranian regime is not a worry. This was most likely a "lone wolf" attack.

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The West “condemning the actions of the attacker and in return glorifying the actions of the insulter to Islamic beliefs is a contradictory attitude,” Kanaani said

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Gibbering religious crackpot.

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They once loudly shouted the Fatwa into the whole world, so they are of course the ones with the most responsibility, right next after that violent and brainwashed Islamic attacker himself.

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If polled you would probably find a rather large number of Muslims who were not exactly saddened by recent events involving Mr Rushdie.

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How happy must Israel be..gee the timing is pretty sweet for them….JCPOA back off the table? Job well done Israel….

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In 1989 28% of UK Muslims wanted Salman Rushdie dead according to a Harris poll. In 1989 the UK was hardly the center of Islamic fundamentalism. Of course "wanting" and doing something are very different things.

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While I think it highly probable that the Iranian government had no direct involvement and the attacker is just a lone wolf religious fruit cake, they are entirely to blame for promulgating the death treat in the first place and not rescinding it subsequently.

This is religious e hate crime, this is terrorism pure and simple.

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I wonder if they can legally pay him the previous stated reward for doing what he did, then he can pay for his defense.

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In 1989 the UK was hardly the center of Islamic fundamentalism.

But as far back as 1980, some in Britain worshipped the Ayatollah Khomeini.

From Not The Nine O' Clock News:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iPgOBoqsaQ

:-)

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With all the problems facing Muslims in the Western countries they did not need some crackpot American attacking Russia and then the following:

The West “condemning the actions of the attacker and in return glorifying the actions of the insulter to Islamic beliefs is a contradictory attitude,” Kanaani said.

We do not need anyone hate right now, thank you.

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It was an Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Khomeini who issued the fatwa against Rushdie and who died without lifting it so Iran has been involved every day since.

On 14 February 1989, so 12,235 days since.

The majority of Muslims have never read Satanic Verses.

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WA4TKGToday  06:08 pm JST

I wonder if they can legally pay him the previous stated reward for doing what he did, then he can pay for his defense.

Sir Salman Rushdie is still alive, maybe you're confusing him with Anne Heche?

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I meant we did not need "any more" hate. Pardon the typo above.

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Redstorm...

The majority of Muslims have never read Satanic Verses.

The majority of Muslims have probably never read the Koran either.

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I’d say the fatwa against Rushdie was pretty much on the mind of the attempted assassin, no matter what the Iranian leadership says. I also note that according to Iran, the only people to blame for this are Rushdie himself, and his supporters. No mention of the guy wielding the knife fifteen times or so.

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The attempt to pin this on Iran, or Lebanon, or Shiasm are all ways to avoid dealing with the reality that the 'suspect' was born and raised in what might be the most violence obsessed culture humanity has ever produced, AMERICA

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Jean,we do not have a problem with Muslim in America,he was a born American Muslim, Muslim are able to live their lives as they want to live in America

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"He and his supporters?" That sounds a lot more like a continued threat than a denial of responsibility.

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Jean ,it seems like European ,have all the problems now,with Putin ,and freezing in the winter

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While I’m certain that the Iranians aren’t exactly shedding a whole lot of tears, the likelihood that this was directed by Tehran is pretty slim. A lot has been made over the fatwa that was issued against Rushdie, but many may not know the fatwa was actually rescinded back in the 90s. Also, publicly stabbing a well known author in the middle of an interview does them absolutely no favors with regards to restarting stalled nuclear talks. If anything, this attack does more harm than good to Iran’s prospects. This whole thing has all the hallmarks of a clumsily planned lone wolf attack.

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Only the cleric which issued the fatwa can cancel it and he died without doing it.

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Is there a fatwa against Mr. Rushdie? Is there a cash award? If the answer to these two questions is 'Yes', then Iran is responsible for the attack. If it is responsible it should face consequences including sanctions and charges in the the International Criminal Court. This is not a grey or ambiguous area. Meanwhile, let's all go buy copies of The Satanic Verses and share them with our friends and communities.

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The attempt to pin this on Iran, or Lebanon, or Shiasm are all ways to avoid dealing with the reality that the 'suspect' was born and raised in what might be the most violence obsessed culture humanity has ever produced, AMERICA

Don’t recall “AMERICA” putting a bounty on this guy’s head, nor was the attacker being driven by any sort of pro-American ideological beliefs when he carried it out.

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Jean,we do not have a problem with Muslim in America,

Because we would never tolerate radical fundamental Islam.

he was a born American Muslim, Muslim are able to live their lives as they want to live in America

Yes, as long as you abide by our laws, no worries.

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An Iranian government official denied on Monday that Tehran was involved in the assault on author Salman Rushdie,

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Iran's late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had issued a fatwa, or Islamic edict, demanding his death. An Iranian foundation had put up a bounty of over $3 million

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They can denie it all they want, but the fatwa with a bounty issued on Salman Rushdie is still in force.

Now some one has acted on it for the $3 mill bounty and/or due to their belief they are doing it in the name of alla.

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"Is there a fatwa against Mr. Rushdie? Is there a cash award? If the answer to these two questions is 'Yes', then Iran is responsible for the attack"

By the same logic USA, openly putting people on their hit list and offering millions in cash awards, should be held accountable for assassinating people on the territory of sovereign nations. Further, there is no evidence Iran planned this while everyone knows USA recently assassinated a person in Afghanistan.

Salman Rushdie to Iran is what al-Zawahiri was to USA.

Why different standards of accountability/responsibility are used in those cases?

Hypocrites run rife on both sides of the blaming process.

I am not commenting on the act(s) , just the double standards applied to it (them).

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Geo

Salman Rushdie to Iran is what al-Zawahiri was to USA.

Why different standards of accountability/responsibility are used in those cases?

Slight difference. Al-Zawahiri is responsible for thousands of deaths. Salman Rushdie isn't.

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Iran denies being involved in attack on Salman Rushdie

No "involvement" is necessary. The Fatwah still exists and has never been revoked. So there are enough fanatics still willing to murder for it. Remember that the Japanese translator of the book (professor Igarashi) was also murdered for his crime of translating the book.

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RichardPearce

The attempt to pin this on Iran, or Lebanon, or Shiasm are all ways to avoid dealing with the reality that the 'suspect' was born and raised in what might be the most violence obsessed culture humanity has ever produced, AMERICA

Err what? Rushdie was born in India and raised in the UK. How do you get to "AMERICA"??

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WilliB

RichardPearce

The attempt to pin this on Iran, or Lebanon, or Shiasm are all ways to avoid dealing with the reality that the 'suspect' was born and raised in what might be the most violence obsessed culture humanity has ever produced, AMERICA

Oh sorry, by "the suspect" you meant the attacker? The death Fatwah he was following was issued by Khomeini in Iran, and not by anyone in "AMERICA". And you can bet his being "raised" in "AMERICA" included regular kutbas at radical mosques.

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The perpetrator was radicalized on a month-long trip to Lebanon in 2018, according to his mother.

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Willb,What about radical churches

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WilliBToday 03:05 am JST

Remember that the Japanese translator of the book (professor Igarashi) was also murdered for his crime of translating the book.

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There was no crime commited by professor Igarashi.

The only crime was his murder.

He was murdered because he translated a book.

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