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Reader comment on item: Salman Rushdie Was Never Safe
in response to reader comment: Retaliation Is Needed

Submitted by myth (Germany), Aug 23, 2022 at 18:10

David, the attempt on Salman's life warrants retaliation. However retaliation must be immediate to be properly understood by the adversary. The late, never mind weak, response of any Western government demonstrates the entire West were unprepared. Think about it: the death-threat has been out there for 30 something years and no governemt has prepared for this event after all those decades. Perhaps someone had a vintage 7-inch record with the appropriate John Lennon song ready to play with a candle next to it.

Let's play "imagine" then. I woud imagine that Israel's government does have a protocol ready to execute should any Israeli citizen suffer such an announced attack.

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