The United States must retaliate for the attack on Salman Rushdie
Iran’s bloody fingerprints are all over this terrorist attack on American soil, and Joe Biden must punish Iran for this outrage.
In the wake of the attempted murder and brutal stabbing of Salman Rushdie, it is time for the United States government to start taking the threat posed by Muslim terrorists seriously. President Biden needs to show unprecedented strength in leadership and make sure the terrorist regime in Iran and other Muslim terrorists know this will not be tolerated – especially on American soil. This is more than a religious controversy: This is an act of war.
While Iran denies direct responsibility for the attack, it is nonetheless an undisputed fact that Iran’s supreme leader put a “fatwa” on Rushdie and called on Muslims everywhere to murder him in response for his book lampooning Mohammad. Iran also placed a bounty on Rushdie’s head that has stood for well over three decades now, and Iran blamed Rushdie and his supporters for the attack. Iran’s bloody fingerprints are all over this terrorist attack. The fact that the suspect was communicating with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard makes Iran's guilt even more obvious.
Retaliation is mandatory. President Biden should refuse to allow any Iranian diplomats into these United States. Since Iran does not have an embassy here, the Iranian delegation to the United Nations should be forcibly deported. If the United Nations does not join us in defense of free speech, the UN itself should be forcibly deported from American soil and we should leave the organization. This is a move that should have happened generations ago, but weak leadership of both parties stopped it from happening. Yes, MAGA folks, this weak leadership includes Donald Trump.
Sadly, even some in the West have been weak in defending free speech and opposing Islamic terrorism in the immediate aftermath of the stabbing. Jo Maugham used the terrorist attack as an opportunity to whine about how free speech is a tool of oppression. He is not the only one, as Pope Francis even lectured people about not insulting another's religion in the aftermath of an attack by Muslim terrorists a few years ago. It is truly sad when the top figure of the Roman Catholic Church cannot unequivocally condemn violent terrorists without lecturing people about hurt feelings.
Now is not the time to go wobbly. Now is the time to unequivocally defend free speech and push back against fanatics who would use "religion" as an excuse for murder, rape and genocide. That starts at the White House with our foreign policy.
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