Author Sir Salman Rushdie tells James Naughtie about what the protests across the Islamic world mean for freedom of speech elsewhere.
If you gratuitously insult people in the name of free speech, don't be too surprised to get a bloody nose.
If your government thinks it is OK to gratuitously insult people in the name of free speech after your government had invaded their countries, then it shouldn't be too surprised to get a bloody nose.
The Western media has the prerogative of a whore - power without responsibility. The media will broadcast with glee all the outbreaks of violence against Western embassies in Muslim lands even as they know they will put the lives of Westerners living abroad in danger.
What can you expect to happen to a civilisation that is in thrall to the worst and most immoral of its women?