A spokeswoman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed any link between the Iranian government and Hadi Matar, the prime suspect in the assassination attempt, in response to the stabbing attack on Salman Rushdie on Friday August 12, 2022.
I quickly glanced at the timelines of Amnesty, HRW and the ACLU to see how they responded to the attack on Salman Rushdie out of interest. It turned out that they didn’t say anything at all. Not a single tweet
was posted about the intellectual attack, which was motivated by a rogue state. Where have these NGOs gone?
Nasser Kanaani, an Iranian government official, claimed on August 15, 2022 that Iran had no involvement in what was then described as an “assassination attempt”.
Suspicions have been raised since Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s now deceased Supreme Leader, issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie in 1989 in response to the publication of his controversial book The Satanic Verses, which sparked controversy.
Hadi Matar’s social media background and support for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a division of Iran’s armed forces, also led to suspicions of Iranian government involvement.
Salman Rushdie led a courageous life, refusing to allow bullying to silence him, his writing or the values he stands for. He is on my mind and I hope he recovers.
According to ABC, Salman Rushdie is no longer on a ventilator and is slowly recovering from the stab wounds.
Iranian government responds to Salman Rushdie attack
While Iranian government officials denied any involvement in planning the attack, many people applauded the attempt to kill Salman Rushdie.
On Salman Rushdie, Amnesty International remained silent.
Nasser Kanaani said in a public statement that he believed Rushdie was attacked fairly. He stated:
We believe that no one, including Salman Rushdie and his supporters, deserves criticism, blame or even condemnation in connection with the attack on him in America.
“No one can hold the Islamic Republic of Iran responsible in this regard. We believe that the insults he received and the support he received were directed at all religious believers. By failing to respect the sanctity of Islam and by going against the beliefs of over 1.5 billion Muslims as well as the beliefs of followers of all divine religions, Salman Rushdie has exposed himself to wrath of the general public.
Kanaani went on to say that while Iran was not at fault, it was Rushdie’s own actions that led to the attack.
The attempted murder of Salman Rushdie by an Islamic madman has not received much attention from the Labor bench. Why, I wonder?
According to the BBC, Iranian media outlet Jaam-e Jam also praised Hadi Matar’s alleged actions. Iranian media described it as retaliation after Rushdie’s agent warned that it was possible for Rushdie to suffer permanent eye damage.
However disturbing and heartbreaking, Salman Rushdie’s tale appears to be just the latest justification for journalists to reach a hitherto unrecognized degree of rotten hypocrisy after trashing free speech and human rights. human rights over the past two years.
The announcement said:
“The devil’s eye has been blinded.”
Iran’s response to the strike was denounced by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken as follows:
State media recently gloated over the assault on Rushdie’s life, and Iranian state institutions have long incited violence against him.
He went on to call Iran’s response “despicable”.
President-elect Kamala Harris
President-elect Kamala Harris
The attack on author Salman Rushdie this week horrified Doug and me. The foundation of any free and open society should be the ability for people to freely exchange ideas. Hatred and violence have no place.
The release of The Satanic Verses has previously been linked to acts of violence. The novel’s Japanese translator, Hitoshi Igarashi, was fatally murdered in his office in Tsukuba, Japan in 1991.