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Ahmadinejad: The Misunderstood Dictator

by Chris Jones (writer), Houston, September 24, 2007


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 doesn’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 doesn’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 doesn’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 “petty and cruel dictator.” Bollinger’s remarks received a thunderous applause from the audience as did Ahaminejad’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 “academic freedom,” 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 Bollinger’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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By Venditto on September 24, 2007 at 08:02 pm
excellent article. I was actually on the campus today watching his speech. Look for my article about it later on tonight in the NYC Broo.
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By Ariel on September 24, 2007 at 08:07 pm
Yep same here, good job, Chris. And looking forward to your article too, Venditto!
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By Steven Lane on September 24, 2007 at 09:42 pm
Politics about his "invitation" aside, Bollinger's comments were direct and to the point. Ahmadinejad"s responses showed the world what an idiot he is...........I loved the audience's peals of laughter when he said there were no gays in Iran. Really well written piece.
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By Chris Jones on September 24, 2007 at 10:03 pm
I'm glad everybody liked the piece. I look forward to reading yours as well Venditto. We still have another propaganda filled day tomorrow live at the UN!!
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By Dany Bachir on September 26, 2007 at 02:40 am
Excellent one. Just wanted to say that this guy has some influence on some political group in my country. And this group is causing us so many trouble. So, this guy is causing my country so many trouble. The guy is Ahmadinejad, the group is Hezbolla and my country is Lebanon. Cheers all.
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