“Honouring a hated apostate will definitely put the British statesmen against the Islamic community and hurts their feeling once again.” You mean there was a recent interval where there wasn’t a general sense of grievance against the West?
“Iran slams British knighthood for Rushdie,” from Agence France-Presse:
TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran on Saturday accused British leaders of “Islamophobia” for knighting Indian-born author Salman Rushdie, who was issued with a death fatwa by Iran’s revolutionary leader 18 years ago.
“Knighting one of the most hated figures in the Islamic world is a clear sign of Islamophobia among high-ranking British officials,” foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters.
“Honouring a hated apostate will definitely put the British statesmen against the Islamic community and hurts their feeling once again,” he said of the novelist, who was knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday.
“Insulting Islamic religious sanctities is not accidental but organised and is taking place with the support and direction of some Western countries.”
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in January 2005 that he still believed the British novelist was an apostate whose killing would be authorised by Islam.