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Submitted by Mark D. (United States), Feb 15, 2014 at 22:35

many others lost their lives in the disturbances revolving around his book. Worse, the long-term impact of the edict has been to constrain the ability of Westerners freely to discuss Islam and topics related to it, what has come to be known as the Rushdie Rules.

For the Ayatollah to order execution, that was some book. So it would have been better off if he had not written that book? What was his purpose for writing it? Or is it a case of fools rush in where angels fear to tread? - Mark D.

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Interesting question. From the perspective of 25 years, I would say that we are worse off today because of the book and the edict.

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