Iranian reactions accuse the United States of planning the attack on Salman Rushdie

The violent attack against the writer Salman Rushdie constitutes a conspiracy by the United States, “which seeks to spread Islamophobia in the world,” an Iranian newspaper reported on Sunday, in the absence of any official comment so far from the Islamic community. . Republic.

The British writer of Indian origin with American citizenship, whose blood was emitted by Iran in 1989 after the publication of his novel “The Satanic Verses”, on Friday in the state of New York, was stabbed multiple times, in an attack that provoked the Western condemnation. , as well as praise from some militants in Iran and Pakistan.

“Perhaps a young Muslim who had not seen the light of day when Salman Rushdie wrote his satanic book wanted to take revenge on him,” he said in the hard-line “Joan” newspaper on Sunday.

The attacker, Hadi Matar, a twenty-four-year-old American of Lebanese descent, was born several years after the publication of The Satanic Verses, in which Muslim hardliners see insults to the Koran and the Prophet Muhammad.

The newspaper “Joan” addressed the hypothesis of a conspiracy orchestrated by the Americans, “in a different scenario that it is very likely that the United States seeks to spread Islamophobia in the world.”

As for the Kayhan newspaper, “the attack on Rushdie showed the weakness of US intelligence and demonstrated that tight security measures cannot prevent attacks.”

And he reported that “the attack on Salman Rushdie shows that taking revenge on criminals on American soil is not difficult.”

Kayhan considered that former US President Donald “Trump and Pompeo (his former Secretary of State) will feel a greater threat.” Whereas they are the “main masterminds behind the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani,” the former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, who was killed in a US raid near Baghdad in January 2020.

Iranian authorities have yet to comment on the attempted assassination of 75-year-old Salman Rushdie, who remains hospitalized in critical condition.

“I don’t see the hand of the Iranian state in this attack,” Thierry Covel, an expert on Iran and a researcher at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations in Paris, told AFP. But this incident will certainly increase US mistrust of Iran.”