It was 20 years ago that the Satanic Verses book exploded on the British mainland. The liberal, right wing and Zionist commentators and elites took their collective Semtex and made sure Ayatollah Khomeni's ill-advised fatwa was used to demonise the whole Muslim world and British Muslims in particular.I don't think he had too much choice about that role.
Salman Rushdie, in self-righteous indignation, took the role of a noble writer, hounded and hunted, forced to live in secrecy with MI5 protection bravely defying the worst of Islam's collective reactionary zeal.
Poor Salman Rushdie, 'He must be supported for his stand for freedom of speech. Did you see how 'they' burned the book!'Or what about the fact that the Cartoon Jihad succeeded in intimidating countless newspapers or the recent attempt to silence Mark Steyn or Khalid Bin Mahfouz's many lawsuits?
They never mentioned how he buckled and changed Midnight's Children when Indra Gandhi threatened to sue. Well done you, Salman. You stood up for your right to defend. They didn't mention how Penguin burnt the entire stock of books by the French cartoonist Sine 'Massacre', which was full of blasphemous anti-Christ cartoons.
Salman (can I call him that? Well, OK, Rushdie) has never stood up to the Italian authorities for banning the excellent anti-colonial film 'Omar Mukhtar, Lion of the Desert.' Or how about the incident where a play in New York commemorating the tragic killing of Rachel Corrie by an Israeli Caterpillar bulldozer, was cancelled due to Jewish pressure? Or how about the craven silence by the BBC, when Auntie was told what they could broadcast and what they couldn't by the Jewish Board of Deputies?
Of course not. The only debate that they care about is the right to offend Muslims. If we get offended then tough, we have to accept free speech. If the Jewish community get offended, then it's a sensitive issue. If the west ban a film, it's quietly dropped. If a Muslim country bans a book, it's an affront to 'our way of life'.That's right, forcing an author to live under 24-hour guard is just book-banning.
There is no debate about how Muslim groups have been targeted by Zionists trying to silence our voices. There is no debate about the Lib Dem Baroness Jenny Tonge who empathised with the Palestinians and was removed from her front bench position.I hope that doesn't involve some variety of Semtex, collective or otherwise.
The 20th Anniversary of the Satanic Verses will be used to beat the Muslim community over the head again, however we should never for a second think it's justified or dignify it with admission. And as Brits we must turn this into a debate about the right to speak and at every opportunity expose the hypocrisy of those who are going to give Muslims a trial by media.
They will try to beat us into a state of submission but this time, we are going to beat back.
This time we are ready.
Crossposted on Soccer Dad