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Plus, of course, friendship—though I like to think that my reaction would have been the same if I hadn't known Salman at all.
To re-state the premise of the argument again: the theocratic head of a foreign despotism offers money in his own name in order to suborn the murder of a civilian citizen of another country, for the offense of writing a work of fiction. Bush, when asked to comment, could only say grudgingly that, as far as he could see, no American interests were involved…” ― Christopher Hitchens, tags: atheism, bastille, bullying, censorship, demagogy, dictatorship, enlightenment, fascism, fatwa, first-amendment, free-speech, friendship, george-hw-bush, hate, humor, individualism, intimidation, iran, irony, khomeini, literature, love, principles, religion, rushdie, satanic-verses, stupidity, theocracy, united-states, united-states-constitution, washington-post tags: acid, arch-enemy, aura, backbiting, bad-eggs, bogus, calumny, chemical, crazy-people, criminal, curse, demon, devil, electrocution, enemies, facial-expression, fake, false, fear, foolishness, gaze, glory, gossip, gossipers, halo, hate, hater, haters, hatred, influence, insanity, intimidation, madness, negative, negative-people, people, pessimism, rival, simpleton, slander, slanderers, stupidity, threat, threaten, toxic-people, trepidation, venom, vibration “He poked his finger into my chest again.
“Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there’s nothing you can do.
If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you.
Just as we did in District Thirteen.” ― Suzanne Collins, “When the Washington Post telephoned me at home on Valentine's Day 1989 to ask my opinion about the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwah, I felt at once that here was something that completely committed me.
It was, if I can phrase it like this, a matter of everything I hated versus everything I loved.
The three shapeshifters stared at me, openmouthed.“That’s how you intimidate people. Get your asses to the car.” ― Ilona Andrews, “Whoever has experienced the power and the unrestrained ability to humiliate another human being automatically loses his own sensations.
Tyranny is a habit, it has its own organic life, it develops finally into a disease.
He scrambled backward, rolled to his feet, and took off.
No more root-and-branch challenge to the values of the Enlightenment (on the bicentennial of the fall of the Bastille) or to the First Amendment to the Constitution, could be imagined. “Well, I have something to tell you: don’t let the sun set on you in this county, because…”I grabbed his wrist and yanked him forward, tripping him with my foot. “Listen well, because I won’t be repeating myself, you racist prick.
He went down back first and I caught him by his throat, three feet above the ground, lifted him up a bit and bent down to his face. If you make any trouble for me or my people, I’ll hunt you down like the pig you are and carve a second mouth across your gut. The next time you hear something laugh and howl in the night, hug your family, because you won’t see the sunrise.”I opened my fingers.
The habit can kill and coarsen the very best man or woman to the level of a beast. the return of the human dignity, repentance and regeneration becomes almost impossible.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “People reject what they do not understand because it makes them feel small.
In the hate column: dictatorship, religion, stupidity, demagogy, censorship, bullying, and intimidation.
In the love column: literature, irony, humor, the individual, and the defense of free expression.