Those Angry at Rushdie's stabbing have been missing in action over a far greater threat to our freedom

Cook, Johnathan
Date Written:  2022-08-16
Publisher:  Mint Press News
Year Published:  2022
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX24771

Both Julian Assange and Salman Rushdie have been victims of violence, but sympathy was only given to Rushdie. Cook argues that although both men are prominent proponents for the freedom of speech, Rushie questions the authority of clerics and governments in far-off lands, and Assange speaks out against the crimes committed by Western governments.



Across the Atlantic, President Joe Biden stressed Rushdie’s qualities: “Truth. Courage. Resilience. The ability to share ideas without fear… We reaffirm our commitment to those deeply American values in solidarity with Rushdie and all those who stand for freedom of expression.”

The truth is that the vast majority of those claiming this as an attack not only on a prominent writer but on Western society and its freedoms, have been missing in action for the past several years as the biggest threat to those freedoms unfolded. Or, in the case of Western government leaders, they have actively conspired in the undermining of those freedoms.

Prominent figures and organizations now expressing their solidarity with Rushdie have kept their heads down, or spoken in hushed tones against – or, worse still, become cheerleaders for – this much more serious assault: on our right to know what mass crimes have been committed against others in our name.

Rushdie has won trenchant support from Western liberals and conservatives alike, not for being a brave articulator of difficult truths, but because of who his enemies are.

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