When Hirsi Ali came to the Netherlands, the West was free and tolerant. When Indo-British author Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses sparked debate about the limits of free speech in 1989, the West stood up for the fundamental rights of its citizens. At that time, British Prime Minister Margreth Thatcher protected the Indo-British writer, despite completely different political views, after the Iranian head of state Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him. Although Rushdie’s book was criticized in Western countries, freedom of speech was never an issue.

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