I can’t really say I understand the reasoning for Salman Rushdie’s recent knighthood. Perhaps the fact that he was willing to stand up for his freedom of speech despite threats from religious fanatics? Whatever the reason for his knighthood, the Muslim world was pretty unhappy. Here’s a clip of what Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, Pakistan’s religious affairs minister, said to the Pakistan’s National Assembly (which unanimously condemned Britain’s award of a knighthood):
“The West is accusing Muslims of extremism and terrorism. If someone exploded a bomb on his body, he would be right to do so unless the British government apologizes and withdraws the ‘sir’ title,” ul-Haq said. (Link)
Um … wait – how do those statements go together? Oh, I get it – the West is accusing Muslims of extremism and terrorism, but if someone does a suicide-bombing because of the knighthood of Salman Rushdie, it’s not “extremism and terrorism”; it’s a completely justified retribution.