Rushdie talks sense

Writer Salman Rushdie accuses the Bush administration of fuelling Islamic fundamentalism by failing to seriously engage with the international community.

“It seems really remarkable that the moment you leave America…you find not just America’s natural enemies, but America’s natural allies talking in language more critical than I, in my life, have ever heard about the United States,” he says.

Rushdie lived for years under an Iranian fatwa after writing the “blasphemous” Satanic Verses. He is currently President of PEN America, a worldwide organisation dedicated to defending writers in detention.

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