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I kølvandet på den amerikanske aktion mod Osama Bin Laden er dette spørgsmål blevet stillet af ingen ringere end en af Sydasiens dygtigste forfatter, som selv er født i en muslimsk familie. Ja, rigtigt gættet: Salman Rushdie.

Salman Rushdie mener, at det er umuligt at forstille sig, at man i Pakistan ikke kendte til Osama Bin Ladens tidstedværelse. Han udtrykker det lidt humoristisk således:

…Many of us didn’t believe in the image of bin Laden as a wandering Old Man of the Mountains, living on plants and insects in an inhospitable cave somewhere on the porous Pakistan-Afghan border. An extremely big man, 6-foot 4-inches tall in a country where the average male height is around 5-foot 8, wandering around unnoticed for ten years while half the satellites above the earth were looking for him? It didn’t make sense. Bin Laden was born filthy rich and died in a rich man’s house, which he had painstakingly built to the highest specifications. The U.S. administration confesses it was “shocked” by the elaborate nature of the compound.

We had heard-I certainly had, from more than one Pakistani journalist-that Mullah Omar was (is) being protected in a safe house run by the powerful and feared Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) somewhere in the vicinity of the city of Quetta in Baluchistan, and it seemed likely that bin Laden, too, would acquire a home of his own….

Salman Rushdie slutter sin artikel af med følgende rammende afsnit:

As the world braces for the terrorists’ response to the death of their leader, it should also demand that Pakistan give satisfactory answers to the very tough questions it must now be asked. If it does not provide those answers, perhaps the time has come to declare it a terrorist state and expel it from the comity of nations.

Her til aften var jeg i TV2 News, hvor vi bl.a. diskuterede Salman Rushdies spørgsmål. Hvad mener I? Er tiden kommet til, at verdenssamfundet simpelthen erklærer Pakistan for en terroriststat?

Opprinnelig i Jyllands-Postens blogg 04.05.11

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