Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ahmadinejad at Columbia

Yesterday I wrote that parents of Columbia University should send their kids and money to other universities because of their president’s invitation of Ahmadinejad to their university.

I was wrong.

Columbia University president Lee Bollinger completely vindicated himself with his brilliant introduction of Ahmadinejad. Bollinger pulled no punches, providing an itemized list of the Iranian president’s evils including Ahmadinejad’s

1) Brutal imprisoning of, scholars, journalists and human rights activists
2) Illegitimate execution of 210 people this year alone, including children
3) Holocaust denial
4) Threats to wipe Israel off the map
5) Funding of Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad
6) Undermining of American troops in Iraq by funding and arming the terrorists
7) Ongoing attempt to develop nuclear weapons

Bollinger told Ahmadinejad to his face that he exhibited “all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator” whose “fanatical mindset” “underlies all you say and do.” He said that Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial made Ahmadinejad “ridiculous” and that he was either “brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated.”

Bollinger spoke of Ahmadinejad’s “absurd comments” and his “preposterous and belligerent statements,” and expressed "revulsion of all you stand for.” Since most of Bollinger’s remarks were expressed as questions, Bollinger closed saying, “I doubt that you will have the intellectual courage to answer these questions.” Bollinger was right.

Bollinger was calm and collected, but rude and insulting at the same time---he told the truth and it was great! There is a time—on rare occasions—when rude and insulting is quite appropriate, and this was one of those times. Ahmadinejad does not deserve to be respected but Bollinger deserves to be honored with a parade! To see the video go to Hot Air.Com.


Robert said...

I guess I fail to understand why you would invite someone to speak at your university if only to insult them. It doesn't make a lot of sense. I guess you could make the argument that nothing reveals Ahmadinejad's character like letting him speak but I wonder why you'd provide a platform in the first place.

Frankly - I don't understand it. Was he attempting to "teach" his students by (essentially) putting Ahmadinejad in a glass bottle in a "safe" environment? I wonder what his response will be? Will he seek revenge? Ahmadinejad doesn't seem like the kind of guy to forgive and forget.

professor ed said...

The Columbia invitation issued to Ahmadinejad was an offer that could easily have been refuesed by the Iranian. I bellieve he knew what he was getting into by accepting the invite. After all, last year, he turned down a similiar opportunity because his handlers couldn't agree with Columbia on the final product. Two goals were achieved through this event yesterday: 1. Ahmadinejad was permitted to look foolish on a prestigous academic platform, and 2. the University's president was vindicated in the eyes of academe, and the rest of the civilized world.