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The book sold well and prompted no hostage takings by the Nation of Islam. Neither did the Ayatollah Khomeini issue a Fatwa on Grenier, like the one he slapped on Salman Rushdie in 1989, which is still in force. Richard Grenier passed away peacefully in 2002 at only 68. He lived to see the “murderous realism” of 9/11 but as Sen. Moynihan said, he was also a “great ironist,” and the ironies continue.
Moustapha Akkad made millions on the “Halloween” horror movies but was killed by a terrorist bomb in Jordan in 2005. Akkad’s The Message recently ran on Turner Classic Movies and touched off no protests anywhere.
Muslims, meanwhile, have launched violent rampages over mere cartoons of Mohammed. Grenier would have grasped that dynamic. He would have understood Innocence of Muslims and the mayhem that followed. In current conditions, such horrific violence night well follow publication of a book like The Marrakesh One-Two. Even if Houghton Mifflin were to release a thirtieth-year commemorative version (a good idea) it would not likely bear a cover endorsement from any U.S. Senator from New York.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan died in 2003 and his Senate seat was occupied by Hillary Clinton, who under president Barack Obama duly became U.S. Secretary of State. In that powerful office she apologized publicly for a video few had seen and which terrorists used as an excuse for the rape and murder of a U.S. ambassador and attacks on Americans in many countries. Even the great ironist Richard Grenier might find that one hard to top.
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