Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Bush helped Islamic terror: Rushdie

The Bush administration helps the cause of Islamic terrorism by failing to engage in serious dialogue with the international community, author Salman Rushdie said on Tuesday. Rushdie -- infamous for living for years under threat of death after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's 1989 pronouncement that his novel The Satanic Verses was blasphemous -- said he believes US isolationism has turned not just its enemies against America, but its allies too. "What I think plays into Islamic terrorism is ... the curious ability of the current administration to unite people against it," Rushdie told Reuters in an interview. Rushdie said he found it striking how the "colossal sympathy" the world felt for the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has been squandered so quickly. The novelist, born in India and raised in Britain, attributed the shift in sentiment toward the United States to the Bush administration's "unilateralist policies" and its "unwillingness to engage with the rest of the world in a serious way." "This go-it-alone attitude gets people's backs up," he said of President George W. Bush's foreign policy.


At April 13, 2005 2:57 PM, Blogger chaoticsynapticactivity said...

Not like Rushdie didn't try out the go it alone startegy, only to find out it made him a lot of enemies, and got him a death threat from a soverign nation. Sounds pretty much like the history surrounding President Bush's actions.

Does this mean he'll retract the "Satanic Verses" story and have all copies destroyed world-wide, so he can reach out to those who disagree?

At April 13, 2005 10:09 PM, Blogger Final Historian said...

Having met Rushdie, he is a nice guy and means well, but isn't an expert in geo-political affairs.

At April 13, 2005 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Squandered sympathy", what a joke. The left-wing newspapers in Europe were fairly beside themselves with smug joy after 9-11. I was there at the website of one of the most prominent lefty European newspapers, only a day or two after 9-11 -- I saw it all.

At April 14, 2005 9:40 AM, Blogger Kifaya said...

The Bush administration helps the cause of Islamic terrorism by failing to engage in serious dialogue with the international community

I agree w/ this to a certain extent. Bush and Co. think in terms of "actions speak louder than words" or "walk the talk or shut up." They don't detest "dialogue" for dialogues sake, they detest it because dialogue, to date, has not only NOT solved the is the problem.

All the while, because of their ignorance, arrogance and complacency Old Socialists, Old Fascists, Old Communists and Old Islamists prefer the drama of the status quo. They never were and are not now interested in dialogue. They are ignorant and arrogant in thinking that history stops w/ them. But history never stops getting written and while one can look back upon history repeating itself, one can also see that things were never the same again.

What Rushdie and those who believe that the source of all the worlds problems is the fault of America don't realize is that they hate America not for what she does, but for what she represents...change.

The surge of animosity toward America(ns) is only natural for people feeling the force of change upon them and fighting it all along way.

The larger problem is...time has run out and the stakes are high.

What does the future hold? How will history be written?

The next chapter of history is being written right before our eyes and many, many people have their head in the sands of Saudi Arabia. It's all about oil, right? I don't think so. I agree w/ Tom Friedman that America should, and probably will, make energy independence it's next moonshot. Environmental preservation after that. But if America were to conceive of and offer the technology to the greater world relieving it of it's dependence and support for dictatorial regimes around it would still be hated and the problems of the world would still exist.

The problem is hate and racism.

America has fought the haters and racists before and she is fighting it now.

The dialogue goes like this, "You are either with us or against us." Choose to be with us and you will progress and prosper, choose against, prepare for your downfall.

At April 14, 2005 12:04 PM, Blogger Runnymede1215 said...

It's dissapointing to read such mainstream cliché-statements from Rushdie.

He seems to subscribe to the popular opinion that it's the victims of terror who are guilty of provoking the aggressors, and are required to appease the islamists, hoping that this will make them possible to live with. ("Give the "Palestinians" what they want and all our problems will go away!!")

That's just absurd, the islamists are always looking for, and will always find some reason to attack the non-muslim world, if they think themselves capable of winning in the long run.

Their Jihad is obligatory, and guarantees them their place in paradise.

The US should continue to "go-it-alone", and expect no help or support from European or other countries.

The only moral thing to do is to stand up to the aggressors, the fact that the majority of nations would disagree doesn't change this. You are not right just because you are on the majority side.

Swedish anti-islamist discussion forum, FOMI, and my blog Islamkritik


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