Jun 18, 2007

And... cue the outrage... 

Recently, the Brits hung a knighthood on Salman Rushdie. You remember him, of course, as the guy who offended Muslims by apparently insulting Mohammed in his book "The Satanic Verses" almost 20 years ago. He offended me at the same time by being a terrible writer who created a work that is practically unreadable (I read part of "Verses" once and almost had an epileptic fit because it was horribly written, but I digress). The point is, I almost mentioned this yesterday because it pissed off the stiffs in Tehran, and I'm all about that. But now… NOW it's a story.

Pakistan Minister Says Salman Rushdie's Knighthood Justifies Suicide Attacks
"This is an occasion for the (world's) 1.5 billion Muslims to look at the seriousness of this decision," Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, religious affairs minister, later said in parliament.

"The West is accusing Muslims of extremism and terrorism. If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so unless the British government apologizes and withdraws the 'sir' title," ul-Haq said, also urging Muslim countries to break diplomatic ties with London.
Annnnnd… there it is. I don't think it gets any clearer than that. And remember: this is PAKISTAN. Our "friend."

This is a "win-win" for Jihadists, by the way. Either the Brits pull the title and the Jihadis get what they want through threats and intimidation, or the Brits stand firm, Achmed blows up a bomb on the Undergound, leaves a note blaming the Queen for beknighting Rushdie, and British (and American) hand-wringing fools will accept the whole incident while reminding the rest of us that "We were warned!," or even better, "We had it coming." Nothing new really, but always fun to watch as it unfolds, isn't it?

But hey - at least we can look forward to days of worldwide riots and murders perpetrated by Christian "extremists" reacting to the flushing of Korans the desecration of Crucifixes and torching of a Catholic school in Gaza. What? Oh... We don't have that to look forward to, after all... my bad...

Guess we'll just have to go with the usual then...

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