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Re. The article "Salman Rushdie was never safe"

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Submitted by Bryan Taplits (United States), Aug 19, 2022 at 11:38

Very nice column, Dr. Pipes.

Here's my two cents: The fatwas issued in 1989 always would put Rushdie in danger, no matter how many years passed.

Why? Because as Rushdie and Christopher Hitchens maintained-it was less likely that as the years passed an Iranian agency of the Iranian Govt. would attack Rushdie.

But what was ignored: It was more probable that a fanatical student of Islam would read and be mindful of the fatwa (perhaps he learned of it in an Islamic school or in a violently radical Mosque. Or maybe from new Islamism friends)-and he would then try to execute it. The students of radical Islam ever generate, irrespective of the years gone by.

After all like most religions Islam puts a high rating on what has passed in the past- This is why Rushdie and Hitchens were wrong about Rushdie's safety-and you were right. I guess the phrase, "whistling past the graveyard" strikes this cautionary note and has passed down to us for a reason.
Rational people become a bit more cautious at night-not less. It's true they generally are not worried about a Mafia hit; what they are worried about are young muggers who aren't worried about breaking the law.

However the fatwa would be read and absorbed.


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