Salman Rushdie was supposed to talk about how the U.S. is a safe place for writers was was stabbed by 24 old man in western New York. Salman Rushdie was supposed to talk about how the U.S. is a safe place for writers who have been forced to leave their home countries. On Friday, just before he was about to start, a man rushed the stage at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York and stabbed Mr. Rushdie in the neck. Hadi Matar, who is 24 years old, is in jail. It wasn’t clear what he wanted.
But Mr. Rushdie has been facing this kind of threat for decades. In 1989, the ayatollah of Iran put out a fatwa telling Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie because his book “The Satanic Verses” was said to insult Islam. Mr. Rushdie lived in secret for many years, but in recent years he has been more out in the open in New York. He might have started to think that everything had been forgotten.
Iran celebrated on Salman Rushdie stabbed
Hardliners in Iran celebrated the attack on social media on Friday. “This is something to be proud of,” someone wrote on Twitter, as translated by the New York Times. “If God wills it, we’ll have a party when Salman Rushdie goes to hell.” Another person wrote that the attacker was a member of “Islam’s soldiers without borders.” On the off chance that that is valid, it wouldn’t come as a very remarkable shock.
This week, federal prosecutors said that Shahram Poursafi, a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, planned to kill John Bolton, who used to be the National Security Adviser. Mr. Poursafi gave a U.S. informant information about Mr. Bolton’s schedule that “does not seem to have been available to the public.” He also said that Mr. Bolton was not the only person they were going after.
Masih Alinejad, a U.S. citizen who works for human rights, wrote in these pages that an agent of Iran tried to hurt her in Brooklyn. She says an FBI agent told her, “This time, their goal was to kill you.” We held him with an AK-47 that was ready to go. “
In the meantime, President Biden is still trying to save the bad Iran nuclear deal that President Obama made. Even if you set aside for a moment whether or not that negotiation is a good idea, how can the U.S. sit down with such a regime and expect it to keep its word?