Iranian head hunters at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Wednesday, 19 September, 2012

The Satanic Verses On Monday we learned that Iran had increased the bounty on the head of the British author Salman Rushdie to $3.3 million. When the perverse Ayatollah Khomeini called for the murder of Rushdie in 1989, the Frankfurt Book Fair, to its credit, excluded Iran for three years from its precincts, but now this outlier of the Empire of Evil is returning to the banks of the river Main. When Matthias Küntzel asked for an explanation, he was told that the Book Fair “feels a responsibility to support the development of free structures in the field of publishing and literature all over the world… This necessarily includes convergence via a sustained dialogue with precisely those countries in which the publishing of books and content meets with political difficulties.”

The “convergence” of Iran and Salman Rushdie will mean death and $3.3 million for the hit team. So much for “a sustained dialogue”.

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