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Monday, June 18, 2007

Plus Ca Change, Plus C'est La Meme Chose, Alas

June 17, 2006 "An Iranian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) announced that it would pay a $150,000 prize to anyone who could put into effect a death sentence decree issued by the Late Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, against Salman Rushdie for blasphemy."

March 12, 1989 Umberto Eco, to Rushdie: "Nobody can ignore your ordeal, for at least three reasons.

"First (and once again), a man is being persecuted for having written a book.

"Second, for the first time in the history of this century the death penalty is extended beyond the borders of a single country, in spite of the laws of other countries. Exile, the last resort of free men, does not work any longer.

"Third, your potential killers are summoned through the media; ironically, any medium covering the event contributes to inform and mobilize new potential killers."


  • Am beginning to feel that that James Bond film with the Murdochian villain (can't remember the film's name) had it all correct.

    The media is often responsible for creating and perpetuating a lot of hate.

    Maybe, sometimes, ignorance can lead to bliss.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:59 PM  

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