Wylie described the author's wounds as "profound," and noted the loss of sight of one eye. "He had three serious wounds in his neck.
Despite the decades-long Iranian campaign to murder Rushdie, the American response has been curiously muted.
None of the readily available evidence of state-sponsored violence seems to have factored into how the American press and the White House are choosing to present the attack on Rushdie.
Iran’s barbarity is real, its antisemitism concrete and its threat to the West tangible. When Khomeini said three decades ago that he wanted Rushdie dead he meant dead, six feet under.
"There are texts in the Islamic religion that are opposed to violence. Explicit texts,” said Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim al-Issa, hoping other leaders follow.
Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, said Rushdie's attacker may have been convinced to commit the attack by a Mossad agent.
BEHIND THE LINES: The man who stabbed Salman Rushdie last week supported Iran which had issued a kill order against Rushdie.
Endless patience and restraint will not improve America’s safety. Strong punitive action is needed to deter the leaders in Tehran.
The suspect of Salman Rushdie's stabbing said that he respected Iran's former Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Israel's Ambassador George Deek was threatened by his Iranian counterpart Seyerd Mousavi on Twitter last July.