In his masterpiece The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie wrote, “From the beginning men have used God to justify the unjust.” Perhaps even Mr. Rushdie did not know how true this would prove in his own life. Months after its release, Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called upon God to “call upon all brave Muslims, wherever they may be in the world, to kill.” [Mr. Rushdie] without delay.” Last week, Hadi Matar nearly ended Mr. Rushdie’s life, seemingly in response to the ayatollah’s call. While the Islamist regime in my country and the attacker it seems to have inspired bear responsibility for this attack, it was made possible by Western policymakers.
Those of us who have experienced Tehran’s depravity firsthand have long warned the West not to appease its threats. The regime has been assassinating from day one, including my cousin Shahriar Shafiq. When Khomeini first shamefully invoked God in his unjustified call for the death of Mr. Rushdie in 1989, I spoke to Western media and leaders about holding the regime accountable for this wanton incitement to violence.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/salman-rushdie-and-the-continuing-danger-from-iran-islamic-republic-tehran-hadi-matar-satanic-verses-assassination-11660856003 Salman Rushdie and the Continuing Danger From Iran