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These sort of things will end when makers of threats are treated as fathers of deeds

Reader comment on item: Salman Rushdie and British Backbone

Submitted by Sully (United States), Jun 26, 2007 at 11:26

The original mistake was made when Khomenei was permitted to issue his Rushdie fatwah with impudence. We would now live in a more polite and settled world had he been diplomaticly requested to withdraw the threat the next day and, he failing to do that, a smart bomb had destroyed him and his mosque the day after.

The British government should make plain to the current threateners that reprisal for the next Muslim attack on a British subject anywhere in the world will be delivered against such as the trade union that offered the reward and the cabinet minister who called for suicide bombing.

Islam will reform itself when the its "moderates" understand that we consider the Imam who shapes the suicide bomber as legitimate a military target as the fellow who arranges his transportation, the "social service agency" that assures him of support for his mother or widow, and the factory that produces his explosive belt.

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