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We missed the Salman Rushdie story on this week’s FFWN (watch on Rumble or HERE with links.) Below is my Press TV interview on the topic.

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#1: Salman Rushdie was attacked on Friday before a scheduled lecture in western New York. Rushdie was stabbed by a 24-year-old New Jersey man. Rushdie’s fiction book, “The Satanic Verses”, was released in September 1988. It has been prohibited in Iran, India, Bangladesh, Sudan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Thailand, Tanzania, Indonesia, Singapore, Venezuela, and Pakistan. Rushdie referred to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in his book as “Mahound,” a disparaging epithet given to the Prophet by early crusaders that meant “devil” or “false prophet.” What is your take on the attack?

The obscene blasphemy in Rushdie’s book is actually much worse than just calling the Prophet (pbuh) insulting names. It is way over the top, and raises the question, why did he write such a book? Several decades ago I read three of Rushdie’s novels as part of my graduate studies in World Literature. My impression was that he wrote The Satanic Verses as a deliberate provocation designed to get exactly the kind of attention it got. In other words, he deliberately set out to make himself into some kind of literary martyr. Why? Because he is an extreme egotist with boundless ambition but without the talent to match it; he wanted more fame than his writing alone would ever earn him.

Rushdie’s first book Midnight’s Children attempts to turn the author himself into a mythical hero whose birth and biography represent the birth and biography of modern India. That is quite a grandiose self-image. Midnight’s Children won the Booker Prize and sold well. What could he ever do to surpass that? I think he realized, consciously or unconsciously, that Midnight’s Children was overrated, his talent was limited, and that he would never again achieve that kind of success…unless he did something so outlandishly provocative that his name would become a household word for extra-literary reasons.

So in my view Rushdie deliberately courted the notoriety that ensued from the publication of The Satanic Verses. He invented himself as a character—the obscenely blaspheming author held up as a symbol of Western-style freedom, hunted and forced to live on the run, vastly more famous than thousands of much better writers, a kind of real-life cartoon character in the West’s comic book narrative of free speech (us) versus its enemies (them).

As time has passed, Rushdie’s one-note act has gradually faded from public view. So though I wouldn’t have been surprised to hear he been attacked in, say, the mid-1990s, it seems rather incongruous in 2022.

#2: Some self-proclaimed advocates of human rights have condemned the attack. How do you see this?

During the same week that Rushdie was attacked, several Palestinian children were shot dead by Israeli snipers. Unlike Rushdie, those children did nothing to provoke the attacks. Their crime was to be born under occupation. They were targeted for genocide simply for existing.

Why are so many Western self-styled human rights advocates so obsessed with the likes of Salman Rushdie and so uninterested in the Palestinian children being murdered by the genocidal occupation? The answer is that they see Rushdie as a martyr who represents their deepest “religious” values of liberal secular humanism. The liberal pseudo-religion holds up individual freedom as its highest value. And the freedom to transgress religious and moral prohibitions — ultimately, the “freedom” of Machievelli and the Marquis de Sade—represents the secret desire of the devotees of the religion of liberalism. So for them, the obscene blasphemer Rushdie is the martyr, while the innocent children of Palestine are simply collateral damage in the exercise of absolute freedom from religious and moral restraint as exercised by the Zionist de Sades, with whom they ultimately identify, and whose crimes they fund with Western taxpayer dollars.

#3: Some also argue that the attack was a plot hatched by the US or an attempt to spread islamophobia. Do you believe so?

The timing of the attack on Rushdie was curious indeed. His case had been largely forgotten since the peak of his notoriety forty years ago. Suddenly, at the exact moment that the JCPOA nuclear deal was about to be revived, this incident generated worldwide headlines and threw a new roadblock in the path of the deal. And it happened just days after reports of an alleged Iranian plot against John Bolton.

If we ask cui bono, “who gains,” the answer is thunderingly obvious. The state of Israel has made no secret of the fact that it views the JCPOA as an existential threat. The Israelis have done everything they can to derail the JCPOA. And they have a long history of using false flag terror to achieve political goals. Anyone familiar with Thomas Suarez’s State of Terror: How Terrorism Created Modern Israel and Ronan Bergman’s Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations, knows that the Israelis will kill anyone, anywhere, any time, to achieve their desired political objectives.

Additionally, the Israelis have a history of using mind-controlled patsies in their targeted killings. Perhaps the best-known case is that of Sirhan Sirhan, a young Palestinian who was put under hypnotic control and set up as the patsy in the killing of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. (The Israelis had killed John F. Kennedy in 1963 to remove a mortal threat to their nuclear weapons program, and needed to kill Robert in 1968 to stop him from winning the US presidency and exposing the truth.)

So it would not surprise me if the young man who is accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie was acting under the influence of Israel, not Iran.

(Republished from Substack by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Iran, Israel, Salman Rushie, Terrorism 
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  1. Zumbuddi says:

    Jew Henry Reese was “injured” in the attack — perhaps a sprained wrist while picking pockets of those who rushed to Rushdie’s defense.

    Reese and his Jewish wife used Rushdie and anti-Iran sentiment (a virtue among Jews, one comes to realize) to turn a run-down crack house into a multi-million dollar property — with a little, or a lot, of help from taxpayers via Uncle Sam.

  2. Notsofast says:

    nicely laid out exposition, with a plausible, if not obvious conclusion, the same old suspects.

    any updates on that dirty lego bomb that trump was constructing and obviously planning to sell to our enemies (as he has been charged under the espionage act)? i’m so glad the fbi is here to protect us from this criminal genius, madman.

  3. A123 says: • Website

    Rushdie is old news. Old old, bordering on Jurassic era level of obsolescence. The idea that any serious agency on any side would waste resources on him is silly. The perpetrator was a loser inflamed by long forgotten issues.

    Does anyone believe that Mossad would be this clumsy? Setting up a pathetic mental dribbler would gain nothing.

    How junior was the Iranian voice that immediately embraced the attack? The ‘official’ Iranian response was days late, and extraordinarily tepid. Any connection to the violent Lebenese Muslim attacker, Hadi Matar, would have been via Iranian Hezbollah. Has Nasrallah or any his people made a statement?

    Did Rushdie contract the apparently incompetent assault on himself, in a desperate attempt to regain the spotlight?.

    I am not suggesting that as a particularly serious option. However a stupid, Jussie Smollett inspired plot makes infinitely more sense vs. blaming official Israeli or Iranian action. Are we sure the attacker was from Lebanon? Not, Nigeria?

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  4. dimples says:

    Does using (pbuh) all time annoy Allah? It sure annoys me and I’m not even a god. Dr Kev, I think Allah gets it already! Or it is intended for Muslims to remind them all the time because, well, they are not all that bright?

  5. anon[404] • Disclaimer says:

    Remember that guy who worked with Rosen of AIPAC delivering secrets to Israel? He was advised to disappear by AIPAC after being exposed . That guy Franklin understood that he was being set up for being killed by Mossad and save AIPAC . He managed to avoid that fate .

    Zionist would kill the worst enemy of hItler if taht serves their immediate interest .They killed Folke Bernadotte, and they planned to kill Churchill .They sent letter bombs to White House .

    If Iraq were not attacked ,Bush and Cheney would have been pulverized to the dust by the Zionist media ( that means all media in the western world ) .How they could have done? By 24/7 messaging that despite warnings from FBI , from Egypt and from Italy 911 took place on their watch .Biush Cheney ignored .

  6. No. Just a typical, half-schizo, sub-90 IQ Muslim from Lebanon who saw a mention of the fatwa somewhere and whose scrambled brain somehow put two and two together and managed to stitch together a plan to stab fellow alien Salman Rushdie. Muslims have high mutational loads from centuries of consanguinity.

    • Agree: dimples
    • Replies: @RedpilledAF
  7. The obscene blasphemy in Rushdie’s book is actually…

    no blasphemy at all, because it is strictly impossible to utter any blasphemy, be it in writing of by caricatures (be they Danish or French), against a non-existing Nobody.

    • Troll: Iris
    • Replies: @Face_The_Truth
  8. @René Fries

    Muslims are in the mindset that, they are superior to non-believers of Islam.

    You will never see a Muslim like Dr. Kevin Barrett criticizing Muslims murdering Christians in African continent.

    Only when sub-human cockroaches like “Palestinian children” (i.e., future Muslim Jihadists) die from their self-inflicted Islamic wounds does Dr. Kevin Barrett scream out loud “Allah Who Akbar” without even bothering to understand the original Arabic meaning of “Allah Who Akbar”.

    Long after the Iraq-war fiasco, American war-criminal George Warmonger Bush was greeted with 2 pieces of shoes by an Iraqi journalist in front of a camera!

    Dr. Kevin Barrett deserves at least 4 pieces of them for constantly promoting genocidal ideology of Islam and world’s Muslim hyenas in the UNZ Review website.

    • Replies: @RedpilledAF
  9. Anonymous[201] • Disclaimer says:

    China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman is a 9/11 truther:

    • Agree: JR Foley, Iris
    • Thanks: mark green, dimples
  10. Jimmy1969 says:

    It is sad and pathetic that trash like this is allowed to be published here. It discreditis the entire site.

    • Disagree: mark green
    • Troll: Iris
  11. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:

    It is sad and pathetic that trash like this is allowed to be published here. It discreditis the entire site.

    C’mon man, as Mao would say, “Let a thousand flowers bloom.”

    There are columnists, bloggers, and writers on Unz who’d be deplatformed and silenced elsewhere, including Substack. And have been. Maybe stop reading those with whom you disagree or think are trash but don’t advocate that they be silenced or deplatformed from the last forum available to them.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  12. Anonymous[233] • Disclaimer says:

    Such a weak refutation as yours speaks for itself. The timing is too perfect for jcpoa.
    And, Rushdie got cut very badly, with a collapsed lung and knife damage to his eyeball. The Jussie Smollett caper left Jussie with minor scrapes.
    Check to see if there were any changes to security that day. If so, it was certainly the Jews.

  13. Zimriel says:

    Barrett the un-Christian apostate and anti-West traitor, shilling for Islam again.

  14. @The Anti-Gnostic

    Oh look, the Jew has arrived–or maybe Shabbos Goy?

  15. @Face_The_Truth

    Get lost Zio-filth. Your Talmudism is repulsive.

  16. So far we have a few sayanim/hasbara goons posting. That actually lends some credence to this being a manufactured hit (Mossad manipulating a mentally ill person). Whenever something is going down the comments in Unz Report get infested with that most disgusting creature–the Talmudic–or their Shabbos Goys.

  17. Franz says:

    Had to share this.

    Could not remember who the old bugger Rushdie was and found this on his wiki page:

    Rushdie was knighted for services to literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours on 16 June 2007. He remarked: “I am thrilled and humbled to receive this great honour, and am very grateful that my work has been recognised in this way.”

    Ye gods. Bad guy or not, Churchill has a right to spin a bit in his grave over what’s become of the “English-Speaking Nations.”

  18. @Anonymous

    Maybe stop reading those with whom you disagree or think are trash but don’t advocate that they be silenced or deplatformed from the last forum available to them.

    This is a critical time to preserve freedom of speech for all political views.

    Kevin has a very weak case (imho) based on the evidence he has presented, but he always has interesting ideas and perhaps he will find additional data to support his claim.

  19. ultimately, the “freedom” of Machievelli and the Marquis de Sade

    I don’t understand what you are talking about.

    • Replies: @Kevin Barrett
  20. camus10 says:

    the coroner “dr” Jack Grover at the SH scene of the massacre. that pathologist is a liar. he cd not confirm the body count. ‘plain this demonic player on the scene

    re-configure that Barrett

  21. @Brás Cubas

    The “freedom” central to secular liberalism—the impulse to free onself from the sacred norms of traditional religion—is driven by the desire to sin, as exemplified by those exemplary free thinkers, Machiavelli and de Sade. Why do you think the Western post-religious elite is a gang of sadistic child-raping-murdering-and-torturing pedophiles? That’s what Leo Strauss and all honest atheist teachers teach. They are self-professed “teachers of evil” who see freedom as the freedom to deny God and transcend (i.e. violate) God-given morality.

  22. @Kevin Barrett

    Thanks for the reply, and sorry for the delay in noticing it. You may be partially right about Sade, though there are political aspects which you neglect. Sade’s fantasies only work in a tyranny. It’s personal tyranny made possible by a State tyranny. About Machiavelli, I suspect you do not know what you are talking about. The Prince is just a political treatise. It teaches how to achieve power and how to secure it. Any other consideration is extraneous to the work. Perhaps you think power is the same as sin, but then you are an anarchist. It’s a tenable position, but you must be aware of it.

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