Britain’s knighthood to the author Salman Rushdie contributes to insulting Islam and may lead to terrorism, a Pakistani minister has said.
It’s crazy that in Britain we live in a country of political correctness, where anything that can even be remotely offensive is abhorred. Not so in Pakistan, in Pakistan it is OK to say that committing a suicide bombing on Britain is justified. This green light didn’t come from the street, or the mosque of some radical Imam, no it came from the Pakistani parliament. Apparently they DEMAND, that Britain take back Salman Rusdie’s promised Knighthood.
Imagine if Tony Blair or David Cameron had stood in Parliament and said that anyone who attacks a Pakistani is justified, as they insult his intelligence. Their career would be in tatters, they’d probably be breaking numerous laws and there would be millions of complaints.
Not so in Pakistan, instead it seems that the majority of Pakistani’s might agree with him and have been out burning the British Flag.
Now I am not fan of Salman Rusdie. To be fair I haven’t read any of his books, but I have always held the opinion that he became famous because of the uproar caused by one of his books and has ever since been seen as an intellectual or fashionable author and has been riding on the success of that one book ever since (and again now – the book is ranked 13th on Amazon Bestsellers, no doubt thanks to this fresh controversy, rather than on merit).
I don’t really understand the uproar that the book caused either, I mean, in most of those countries people can’t normally read and those that can certainly can’t read English (those that could would have used that skill to leave the cesspit as soon as they could), so how do they know it is offensive? It certainly would never have been published in those countries. It is like those pictures of the prophet Mohammed. They were never published in Muslim nations, yet Muslims in their millions were out protesting against something that they never actually saw, only Muslims could do that. Just like they can protest against books they have never actually read. The informed decision doesn’t actually exist in Muslim countries, you do what your religious leader tells you and worry about his piety when you get to heaven.
I hope that the British Government doesn’t back down on this, not because I think that Salman Rushie deserves his honour but on a point of principle, I don’t see why we should pander to a country or countries that treat us with such contempt. They have no say in what we do, and we shouldn’t care too much about their opinion.