The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 June 2007

Super Geniuses at work

Iran's Foreign Minister has complained about the British government's conferring of knighthood on Salman Rushdie, author of the novel The Satanic Verses and several lesser-known works, two or three of which I've actually tried to read.

Said Mohammad Ali Hosseini:

Giving a medal to someone who is among the most detested figures in the Islamic community is ... a blatant example of the anti-Islamism of senior British officials. The measure that has taken place for paying tribute to this apostate and detested figure will definitely put British statesmen and officials at odds with Islamic societies, the emotions and sentiments of which have again been provoked.

In other news, Wile E. Coyote has filed yet another complaint with the state of New Mexico, objecting to the naming of the Roadrunner as the state bird in 1949.

Posted at 10:38 AM to Dyssynergy


Heavens! Provoking the Muslims! We know what that can lead to. But Mr. Ali Hosseini should perhaps reflect on the fact that despite Iran's most fervent urgings, Rushdie survived the death fatwa laid upon him and went on to write further, highly acclaimed books. Also, Britain is a nuclear power, and Iran is not, at least not yet. Bearding the British lion in his den has been safe so far, but dare anyone assume that it will remain safe in perpetuity?

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 3:30 PM on 17 June 2007

Someone should drop an anvil on Hosseini's head.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 8:51 PM on 17 June 2007