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Antisemite Kevin Barrett Alleges Israel Behind Salman Rushdie Murder Attempt

I guess it was only a matter of time before someone accused the Jews of being behind the attack on Salman Rushdie. And it is absolutely no surprise that Iran, via their Press TV, would give a platform to the crank doing it.

An American writer and political analyst says the last week’s attack in the US on Salman Rushdie might be an Israeli plot to spread Islamophobia around the world.

Press TV website conducted an online interview with Dr. Kevin Barrett, an American author, journalist, and radio host, on the issue on Thursday.

Commenting on last week’s attack, Dr. Barret said, “During the same week that Rushdie was attacked, several Palestinian children were shot dead by Israeli snipers. Unlike Rushdie, those children did nothing to provoke the attacks. Their crime was to be born under occupation. They were targeted for genocide simply for existing.”

“Why are so many Western self-styled human rights advocates so obsessed with the likes of Salman Rushdie and so uninterested in the Palestinian children being murdered by the genocidal occupation? The answer is that they see Rushdie as a ‘martyr’ who represents their deepest ‘religious’ values of liberal secular humanism. The liberal pseudo-religion holds up individual freedom as its highest value. And the freedom to transgress religious and moral prohibitions — ultimately, the ‘freedom’ of Machiavelli and the Marquis de Sade—represents the secret desire of the devotees of the religion of liberalism. So for them, the obscene blasphemer Rushdie is the ‘martyr,’ while the innocent children of Palestine are simply collateral damage in the exercise of absolute freedom from religious and moral restraint as exercised by the Zionist de Sades, with whom they ultimately identify, and whose crimes they fund with Western taxpayer dollars,” the scholar noted.

When Dr. Barrett was asked whether the attack was a plot hatched by the US to spread islamophobia, he said, “The timing of the attack on Rushdie was curious indeed.”

“His case had been largely forgotten since the peak of his notoriety forty years ago. Suddenly, at the exact moment that the JCPOA nuclear deal was about to be revived, this incident generated worldwide headlines and threw a new roadblock in the path of the deal. And it happened just days after reports of an alleged Iranian plot against John Bolton,” he said.

“If we ask cui bono, ‘who gains,’ the answer is thunderingly obvious. Israel has made no secret of the fact that it views the JCPOA as an existential threat. The Israelis have done everything they can to derail the JCPOA,” he stated.

“And they have a long history of using false flag terror to achieve political goals. Anyone familiar with Thomas Suarez’s State of Terror: How Terrorism Created Modern Israel and Ronan Bergman’s Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations, knows that the Israelis will kill anyone, anywhere, anytime, to achieve their desired political objectives,” he said.

He added, “Additionally, the Israelis have a history of using mind-controlled patsies in their targeted killings. Perhaps the best-known case is that of Sirhan Sirhan, a young Palestinian who was put under hypnotic control and set up as the patsy in the killing of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. (The Israelis had killed John F. Kennedy in 1963 to remove a mortal threat to their nuclear weapons program, and needed to kill Robert in 1968 to stop him from winning the US presidency and exposing the truth.)”

Amazing how we are so powerful, regular people lose their agency, and become our mere puppets, ehh “mind-controlled patsies” (What a glorious phrase!). And I guess one of those patsies was Iran’s own Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who issued the fatwa against Salman Rushdie to begin with.

But it beggars the question: if we have these powers of hypnosis, how come we don’t use it more often. For instance, why not use it on Roger Waters? Surely, his brain is mush by now, and he would be an easy target.

Of course, this is all baloney, and Press TV’s “writer and political analyst” Kevin Barrett is a known antisemite and conspiracy theorist without a shred of credibility.

Which makes him the perfect Press TV guest.

Hat tip: Ari

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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