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Letter writer seems to call for assassination

In your edition of Feb. 28, you published a letter by Semseddin T"urk"oz ["The Satanic Verses is libel against Islam"]. This letter was rather highly critical of the controversial novel The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. Generally, the letter seemed to repeat the sort of diatribe we have been hearing from Iran and from its spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khomeini.

The letter ends thus: "We pray that this entire matter is resolved swiftly and justly." I want to know, just what on earth T"urk"oz has in mind? Is he endorsing Khomeini's notion of assassinating Rushdie?

Perhaps more to the point, what do you, the editors of The Tech think that T"urk"oz had in mind? To the ordinary observer, it appears that you have just published an exhortation to murder.

James L. Kirtley, Jr. '67->