HE is horrified to read that distinguished author Salman Rushdie, whom I chatted with a few years ago in Telluride, has been stabbed at the Chatauqua Institution.

The 75 year-old was about to give a speech when he was knifed by an Islamic nutter..some Iranian loser who wanted to execute Rushdie for writing “The Satanic Verses” (’88). In ’89 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, proclaimed a fatwā against Rushdie (i.e., a call for his murder) for his book having defamed Allah.

Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam) was quoted in ’89 as being supportive of the Rushdie fatwa, but he claimed he was misquoted.