Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sir Salman: Has the backpedaling begun?

Rushdie furor stuns honours committee.

The committee that recommended Salman Rushdie for a knighthood did not discuss any possible political ramifications and never imagined that the award would provoke the furious response that it has done in parts of the Muslim world, the Guardian has learnt.

It also emerged yesterday that the writers' organisation that led the lobbying for the author of Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses to be knighted had originally hoped that the honour would lead to better relations between Britain and Asia.

There are none so blind as those who will not see. Liberals...