Salman Rushdie in 1988 wrote the Book The Satanic Verses, a book few read and even fewer understood. An Indian Muslim by birth and educated in England it was not until the book was published in the US that suddenly it became a sensation. Still few read it but excerpts lifted from the book outraged the anointed ones in Tehran and the great philosopher, Grand Ayatollah , and God’s representative on Earth , Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini decided on a death sentence for Rushdie. Obviously one of his smart young handlers brought to his attention the “Blasphemous” verses in the book. Maybe was that Georgetown University fan of Khomeini fan Sadegh Ghotbzadeh.( Executed in 1982). Enemies of God are everywhere apparently.!!! Now Rushdie is depicted , by those who have had dealings with him, as a typical British megalomanic intellectual, anti -America, pretty well contemptuous of the great unwashed, who are unable to understand his esoteric writing . I never read the book. but I read a lot about it by people who claim superior intelligence. Some academics, such as Bernard Lewis did make some sense of the mostly murky writing. He also explained in very erudite terms why Khomeini as the self appointed head of the Shia world of Islam…(and probably in the Gand Ayatollah’s mind, the Sunni world as well) condemned the book. The God King Ayatollah Khomeini then passed the death sentence on Rushdie. Coming from “God” it was considered irrevocable.
In any event the demonstrations of outraged Muslims in the West, ( as usual America was the first victim of violent protests despite having no connection to Rushdie ) and lots of academic mush printed about it, created a huge market for the book. Those who bought it probably read a few pages and then put it prominently on a book shelf to be displayed should they be interviewed on TV.
Some years later, Khomeini’s successor ( Ali Khamenei) downplayed the death sentence, but apparently the assailant of Rushdie did not get the word. Much more likely, like the scheme to kill John Bolton and Mike Pompeo it is an Iranian paid assassination attempt. No doubt, critics of Iranian Islamism, and their crass imperialism, or even some aspect of Islam, will take notice and the liberal left wing marshmallows who control book publishing and the media will be filled with trepidation. The NYT and WaPo after some tepid reproofs will see the Assailant as another deranged Muslim whom was known by his neighbors as a nice friendly fellow. Well I could be wrong!!!There is always the chance the assailant could be a “white Nationalist.” In that case one can bet that the Department of “Justice” and the FBI will be all over it.
The clueless Western Foreign Service snow flakes who negotiate withe Iranian terrorist regime on the NUC plan (JCPOA) will not connect the dots. They are not intellectually discerning or physically brave enough to do so.
As Jean-Fracois Revel wrote in his book “How Democracies Perish, “Democratic civilization is the first in history to blame itself because another power is working to destroy it.”Unless free people are willing to oppose totalitarianism, democracy may perish. So we must defend insufferable snobs who write balderdash because our republic and freedom hangs on it .