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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Rushdie talks sense

Writer Salman Rushdie accuses the Bush administration of fuelling Islamic fundamentalism by failing to seriously engage with the international community.

"It seems really remarkable that the moment you leave America...you find not just America's natural enemies, but America's natural allies talking in language more critical than I, in my life, have ever heard about the United States," he says.

Rushdie lived for years under an Iranian fatwa after writing the "blasphemous" Satanic Verses. He is currently President of PEN America, a worldwide organisation dedicated to defending writers in detention.

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Anonymous Simon James said...

Yet the greatest recent violent expression of anti-American sentiment - September 11 - was planned and organised under the latter stages of the Clinton Presidency.

Thursday, April 14, 2005 4:09:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Indeed. The Clinton administration was fundamentally flawed, too. Richard Clarke talks extensively about this, though he blames the Bushies more extensively.
My point here is that 9/11 has been used and abused to suit an ideologically extreme agenda and America is reaping the harvest of this. Will sense prevail?

Thursday, April 14, 2005 4:45:00 pm  

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