UK Labour Peer Compares Rushdie to 9/11 “Martyrs”
British Labour peer Lord Ahmed, rather than helping to bring sanity to the Salman Rushdie frenzy, has given an interview to French newspaper Le Figaro comparing Sir Salman to the “martyrs” of the 9/11 attacks.
Interviewed in Le Figaro newspaper in France, the Labour peer Lord Ahmed of Rotherham added fuel to the row when he hit out at Mr Rushdie.
“This honour is given in recognition of services rendered to Great Britain,” he said. “Salman Rushdie lives in New York. He is controversial man who has insulted Muslim people, Christians and the British. He does not deserve the honour.
“Two weeks ago Tony Blair spoke about constructing bridges with Muslims. What hypocrisy.
“What would one say if the Saudi or Afghan governments honoured the martyrs of the September 11 attacks on the United States?”