Forget Free Speech: Rushdie’s Fatwa Is Winning

Forget Free Speech: Rushdie’s Fatwa Is Winning. By Giulio Meotti.

Salman Rushdie is a champion of free speech, bravely standing up for Western ideals when so many shy away from the fight. If only more people could follow his example, instead of taking the path of appeasement in the name of cultural sensitivity, the long years of murder and mayhem wrought by the Islamists on the West might come to an end…

I know all too well the threat Islamism poses. After I came out as an apostate, I was forced into a bubble of protection that still surrounds me to this day. I have 24-hour security. I still receive death threats. My friend, the sweet, vulgar, brilliant Theo Van Gogh was murdered simply for making a film with me. His attacker used a knife to stab a letter into Theo’s chest: it said that I would be next.

That is how Ayaan Hirsi Ali reacted to the attempted murder of Salman Rushdie in Chautauqua, New York. …

The fatwa is gaining ground, and more and more people have to live under protection due to criticism of Islam.

The Islamists are steadily bumping off their targets:

Islamic extremists in 2012 published a terrifying “most wanted list” …

Title: “Yes we can. A bullet a day keeps the infidel away…”

What happened to the faces and names on that list? They have been killed, left the public arena to protect themselves, or died under police protection.

The Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks died with his police guards in a terrible car accident. …

Images from here.

Carsten Juste, who as editor of the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten published the cartoons on Muhammad in 2005, apologized and left journalism. …

Kurt Westergaard, the cartoonist of the most famous of the Danish cartoons, passed away in his “bunker house” where Islamists had tried to assassinate him.

Molly Norris, a Seattle Post cartoonist, became a “ghost”. She changed name and disappeared. Nothing is known about her after the FBI put her in the witness protection program.

Geert Wilders is alive only because he is protected by a military unit of the Dutch army generally assigned to ensure the security of the embassy in Afghanistan. Wilders still lives in safe houses and must wear a bulletproof vest during televised debates.

Stéphane Charbonnier, editor-in-chief of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, was murdered along with eight of his colleagues.

Now there was the attempt to assassinate Salman Rushdie. …

Media silence on Islamic political violence:

We do not even know they exist: our fearful conformist media never tell their amazing stories. …

They are not “repentants of the Mafia”, mobsters turned into witnesses for the state prosecution. No, they are academics, activists, writers, journalists, intellectuals. We are talking about more than a hundred personalities in Europe. Their “fault”? They criticized Islam.

A professor of Iranian origin and a critic of Islam, Afshin Ellian, works at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, where he is protected by bodyguards. On the second floor of the Law Department, where he teaches, Ellian can be reached through a corridor with electronic access and armored glass. The place looks more like a bank vault than a normal law department.

In Denmark, Lars Hedegaard, director of the International Free Press Society, who miraculously survived an attack at his home, is under police protection. An assassin dressed as a postman came to Hedegaard’s front door in Copenhagen and shot at his head, missing him only narrowly.

The new address of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper offices is secret and it has six armored doors and a safe room that the journalists can enter in case of attack. The entire editorial office of Charlie Hebdo is now protected by 85 police officers. Former Charlie Hebdo director Philippe Val lives in a house with bulletproof windows, police officers and an armored safe room where there is a special telephone line to call for help. Each Charlie Hebdo employee is always accompanied by a car with two policemen. If the need arises, another police motorcycle or armored car should arrive. …

In Denmark, the editorial office of Jyllands Posten today resembles a military bunker. With a razor wire barrier, bars, metal plates and cameras that surround the newspaper for a kilometer, the office is now protected by the same mechanism as river locks. A door opens, a car enters, the door closes and the one opposite opens. Journalists enter one at a time, typing in a personal code (a measure that did not protect Charlie Hebdo reporters). The Jyllands Posten cartoonists have escaped numerous attacks, including at home. Even after the January 7, 2015 massacre in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo office, which was targeted partly because it had republished the Danish Mohammed cartoons, Jyllands-Posten announced that, out of fear, it would not republish its own cartoons, saying:

We have lived with the fear of a terrorist attack for nine years, and yes, that is the explanation why we do not reprint the cartoons, whether it be our own or Charlie Hebdo’s. We are also aware that we therefore bow to violence and intimidation.

Maybe the left rather wish they could shut up their critics permanently too. They would only need to make an example of a few, and the rest of us would keep our heads down.

The western left have barely regressed back to 1700 England, where prime ministers jailed their political opponents. Radical Muslims are forever stuck in seventh century Arabia, so the left has a way to go yet.