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Provocation

Reader comment on item: Intimidating the West, from Rushdie to Benedict
in response to reader comment: Follow agent provocateurs!

Submitted by Harrak (Canada), Oct 1, 2006 at 13:20

Mr Ghulam,

I enjoyed reading your comment. Well done; but I would agree more with Dr Pipes' response. Nevertheless, you made an interesting point about Salman Rushdie that makes one ask this question:

" Salman Rushdie can say what ever he wants, he is free to talk and even free to imagine. If he is such a great novelist or a great artist, how can he have a one book career? no outstanding work before, nor after?"

If I am to answer this question, I would say that the imagination he made had a political value and he was rewarded for his political contributuion by the parties of interest. As a result, he got a political Fatwa from Ayatollah Khomeini.

The protests by Muslims like all may agree are a political phenomenon (freedom of association/speech..)and they seem to be a result of political statements or writtings..

Submitting....

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