Tim Worstall has excellent commentary on the Insane Sir Salman Rushdie post of the day (courtesy of the UK Daily Pundit). Here's the UKDP:
Maybe someone should set up a petition insisting that supporters of Rushdie pay for his 24 hour police protection. Although I suspect that's one bandwagon Pinko Finko and the chatterati won't be so quick to jump on.
And here's Tim's outstanding reply:
The first duty of the State is to protect its citizens from violence from abroad. You know, keep Johnny Foreigner at bay. The second to protect them from violence at home. That's why we have the damned institution, dipstick.
I would not have made the distinction between 'violence from abroad' and 'at home', and I would have probably used somewhat longer words. But any elaboration would have spoiled it. 'That's why we have the damned institution, dipstick' sums up my thoughts perfectly.
Postscript: For those who haven't been following the story, BBC News has the background (here and here)