Voice from the Commonwealth Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams
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Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have renewed a call to kill Salman Rushdie, whom Iran condemned to death 14 years ago for allegedly insulting Islam in a prize-winning novel.
Reformist and independent newspapers ignored the 14th anniversary of the death sentence this week, while few extremist hardline papers gave it prominent coverage.
But the hardline Jomhuri Islami ran a 16-page supplement Saturday with a front-page cartoon of a dead Rushdie being carried in a coffin draped with flags of the United States, Britain and Israel, countries seen by hard-liners as the main supporters of Rushdie's novel. Ayatollah Hassan Saneii, head of the semiofficial Khordad foundation that has placed a $2.8 million bounty on Rushdie's head, was quoted by Jomhuri Islami as saying that his foundation would now pay $3 million to anyone who kills Rushdie.
Such nuance,such worrldy understanding. Surely I can see why such a peacefully run regime would merit a place on the UN Committee on Human Rights. And I understand completely why Liberals the world over demand that we accede to the demands of such a peaceful regimebefore we can act.
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