Kudos (or mega-kudos, as Rush Limbaugh might say) to Columbia University’s President Lee Bollinger for giving Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the type of introduction he deserved: harsh, critical and insulting.
Bollinger received a lot of criticism for inviting Ahmadinejad to speak at the University but it appears now that Bollinger not only had an ulterior motive but also has a great understanding of the true spirit of American freedom. We are a free country where even, to quote Bollinger’s portrayal of Ahmadinejad during his introduction, “petty and cruel dictator(s)” are free to be heard. The bottom line appears to be that Bollinger’s motive for inviting Ahmadinejad to Columbia was simply to expose him for the fraud and liar that he is. Mission well accomplished.
At one point in his introduction, Bollinger brought up the Holocaust and Ahmadinejad’s public statements and actions regarding the Holocaust and then ‘scorched’ Ahmadinejad with his opinions of those statements and actions:
“In a December 2005 state television broadcast, you described the Holocaust as the fabricated legend. One year later, you held a two-day conference of Holocaust deniers. . . . When you come to a place like this, it makes you simply ridiculous. The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history. You are either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated, will you cease this outrage?”
In response, the visibly angered Iranian president backtracked on his statements about the Holocaust; he now claims that he is not “passing judgment on whether the Holocaust occurred.” He then added a new dimension to the Holocaust; Ahmadinejad now claims that the Holocaust is being used a justification for Israeli mistreatment of the Palestinians.
First I’ve heard of it!
One of the biggest lies of the day was Ahmadinejad’s response to an audience question about the execution of homosexuals in Iran; his response: “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country … I don’t know who’s told you that we have this.”
Wow! If Iran did not have any homosexuals, why would it need the laws that call for the execution of males for the crime of ‘penetration” with another male — but for those laws hundreds of Iran’s ‘non-existent’ homosexuals would be alive today.
Bollenger’s invitation, it turns out, exposed the Iranian leader for who and what he is and gave us (and the rest of the world) an additional justification for doubting Ahmadinejad when he asks the world to believe him, when he insists that his nuclear program is purely for peaceful purposes. Can you trust this man? You be the judge!
CTV Canada: Ahmadinejad called ‘petty’ and ‘cruel’ at forum
From the Blogs:
Idealist*dc: Ahmadinejad @ Columbia U
The Van Der Galiën Gazette: President of Columbia Blasts Ahmadinejad to His Face