Salman Rushdie: Terrorism is not about Israel/Palestine
Salman Rushdie on Islamic extremism and Al Queda – its about the Talibanization of the world.
â€œIf tomorrow the Israel/Palestine issue was resolved to the total happiness of all parties, it would not diminish the amount of terrorism coming out of al-Qaâ€™ida by one jot. Itâ€™s not what theyâ€™re after,â€ he adds, his foot tapping against mine as he leans forward. â€œYes, itâ€™s a recruiting tool, rhetorically. Many people see thereâ€™s an injustice there, and it helps them to get people into the gang, but itâ€™s not what they want. What they want is to change the nature of human life on earth into the image of the Taliban. If you want the whole earth to look like Taliban Afghanistan, then youâ€™re on the same side as them. If you donâ€™t want that, youâ€™re not. They do not represent the quest for human justice. That, I think, is one of the great mistakes of the left.â€
Rushdie has never been much of a fan of the United States, Britian or Israel, but his insight on Islamic extremists is probably spot-on.