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The senseless assault on Salman Rushdie was a cruel reminder that the past still casts a shadow

Omar Waraich


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Salman Rushdie had become more publicly active in recent years. Photo: PA/PA Wire

Salman Rushdie had become more publicly active in recent years. Photo: PA/PA Wire

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

Omar

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Salman Rushdie had become more publicly active in recent years. Photo: PA/PA Wire

For the past several years, it seemed as if the threat had finally abandoned him. Before he was attacked, Salman Rushdie was mounting a stage in New York state to speak of how America had given him, and many writers and artists before him, a sanctuary.

Ever since he left Britain in 2000, he was able to resume the life that had been denied to him from the day, in 1989, that Ayatollah Khomeini pronounced a fatwa calling for his death.


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