The committee that recommended Salman Rushdie for a knighthood ... never imagined that the award would provoke the furious response that it has done in parts of the Muslim world, the Guardian has learnt.
It also emerged yesterday that the writers' organisation that led the lobbying for the author of Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses to be knighted had originally hoped that the honour would lead to better relations between Britain and Asia.
I am nearly speechless. Doesn't this story read like an April Fool's joke? How could this group of people possibly be this ignorant? I thought that Americans were supposed to be the ignorant ones.