The American people were able to learn a great deal from the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran today. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told students and faculty at Columbia University that Iran doesnâ€™t like terrorism and wishes to be friends with all nations.
It turns out we were all wrong about Iran! Women have all the rights in the world and are freely able to participate in every level of Government. No really! We were further informed by the President that homosexuals are in fact not executed in Iran, because there are no homosexuals in Iran.
On the subject of terrorism Ahmadinejad explained that Iran doesnâ€™t support terror and the Iranians are in fact the real victims of terror.
He was repeatedly asked whether he wished to see the destruction of Israel and he answered with a question of his own. Of course his question was whether or not the occupation of Palestine was a serious issue. He further asserted that while he doesnâ€™t deny that some type of holocaust happened he maintains that the entire issues does require further investigation.
Columbia President Lee Bollinger delivered an appropriately stinging introduction to the President of Iran, calling him among other things a â€œpetty and cruel dictator.â€ Bollingerâ€™s remarks received a thunderous applause from the audience as did Ahaminejadâ€™s response.
At the end of the day, I guess everybody got what they wanted out of this circus. Columbia got to host a dictator under the guise of â€œacademic freedom,â€ and Ahmadinejad got some good propaganda to use at home to show what a powerful world leader he is.
Inviting a terrorist killer like Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia is on of the most outrageous things I have ever heard of, but I do appreciate University President Lee Bollingerâ€™s opening remarks. His remarks were somewhat surprising given his dismal record of condemning dictators and supporting the military.
It simply cannot be overlooked that Columbia University has banned the U.S. Military ROTC from campus, but welcomed a brutal terrorist dictator.
So people who wish to be part of the U.S. military are not welcome at Columbia, but those currently engaged in or planning to engage in killing the U.S. military are always welcome at Columbia University.
It will be interesting to see what type of fall-out will ensue as a result of this controversial visit by the Iranian President. Many alumni have said they will never send another donation to Columbia again. The New York state legislature is debating whether or not to cut off funding for the University.
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Copyright © 2010 Chris Jones
Ahmadinejad: The Misunderstood Dictator
Copyright © 2010 Chris Jones
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