Shades of Salman Rushdie
Another Muslim writer has been targeted by radical Islamists for his writings.
Tom Gross of the Media Blog at National Review reports:
Magdi Allam, 55, the Egyptian-born deputy chief editor of Italy’s most influential newspaper, Il Corriere della Sera, has received numerous death threats for the publication of his book
Viva Israele (Long Live Israel).
This, from the Jordanian-based pan-Arab publication Al-Bawaba about Mr. Allam's book:
Telling the truth can get you killed if you're a Muslim these days.
Viva Israele is the tale of Allam's life ever since his youth under the republican regime of late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. According to Allam, Nasser is responsible for having turned Egypt – and the rest of the Arab world – into the cradle of the “ideology of death”. Allam claims Nasser brought about an aggressive pan-Arabic dream based on the denial of Israel’s right to exist. The need for the destruction of Israel is the dominant theme that, Allam states, made death and destruction the core values of a once liberal Islamic culture. Thus, the new book defends the existence of Israel and terms armed Palestinian groups as “dangerous terrorist threats.” In addition, Allam wrote that during their operations in the Palestinian territories, Israeli forces have been trying to avoid hitting Palestinian civilians and only aim to defend Israeli citizens.
But it makes one wonder; where are the so called "moderate" Muslims stepping to the fore and supporting Mr. Allam? As long as they cower in the dark, afraid of the wrath of the extremists, they will continue to suffer by comparison with the radicals.