Thursday, January 20, 2005

FATWA AGAINST SALMAN RUSHDIE (AGAIN)

Here is an excerpt from Daveed Gartenstein-Ross's post, Whither Reformism in Iran? [Hat tip to Gus Van Horn.]

Today Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reaffirmed the fatwa against Salman Rushdie. Speaking to Muslim pilgrims making hajj, Khamenei described Rushdie as as a "mahdour al-damm mortad," meaning that he is an apostate whose blood may be shed with impunity. (The Counterterrorism Blog, 01/19/05.)


From my post, END THE APPEASEMENT NOW!

Maybe you are wondering why the fatwa against Salman Rushdie is on the list. Mohammad Ali Samadi of the "Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign" gives the answer: Salman Rushdie is the only non-military target for us, because we believe his attack against Islam was much worse that a military assault. (Parinoosh Arami, Reuters, 06/05/04.) (EGO, 06/07/04.)


It looks that I am on the minority side: "Survey: Americans oppose Iran invasion."

And the Iranian "President" Mohammad Khatami doesn't seem to be afraid:

I do not think that America is in a position to resort to the madness of attacking Iran," President Khatami said in an interview with Iranian radio during a visit to Uganda. "We believe that the probability of America's attack on Iran is very negligible. America faces major problems in Iraq and elsewhere." (BBC, US attack 'madness', says Khatami, 01/20/05.)