Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Salman Rushdie

Now that the apparently much misunderstood Iranian Republic, provoked it seems by some amateur film of YouTube, has upped the bounty on the head of Salman Rushdie, I note that even Guardian readers are getting upset (though obviously not Germaine Greer, John Berger or John Le Carre, all of whom took against Rushdie for writing his unreadable novel, although not because it was unreadable).

Despite attempts to blame the crappy film on the Israelis (by the BBC, among others) there seems an astonishing absence of the usual "blame it on the Jews" stuff that greets most Islamist outrages, though I suspect it is only a matter of time.

The moronic reaction to the you tube 'film' is terribly depressing*.  Perhaps even more depressing is the reaction of the United States to the murder of its Ambassador in Libya.  And I am preparing to be depressed by the British Government's response to Iran's upping of the bounty on the head of a British citizen - and a knight, to boot!

Now excuse me while I get back to my Christopher Hitchens...

Read up about all this in The Guardian, here and here.

* "moronic reaction to the you tube film" is not quite right, because it is fairly obvious that the Mullahs, ayatollahs and other assorted fascists have pounced on the film in order to stir up the rabble. Which is not to say that the rabble is not moronic, but rather that the reaction is not to the film, but to their leaders' rabble-rousing nuremburging.