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Open Forum With Ahmadinejad at Columbia

Posted by Mike on September 22, 2007

He prays in the well of the United Nations for the coming of the Twelfth Imam, denies the holocaust, kidnaps British sailors, arms and funds terrorist organizations, and threatens the to wipe Israel off the map. For this and many other reasons, the U.S. State Department has designated Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a terrorist. For some other unknown reasons, Columbia University designated him as an ideal participant in an open forum where “controversial ideas” may be freely discussed. One wonders if they would have invited Adolph Hitler to give one of his infamous choreographed speeches.

Open debate and discussion is a great thing, even when one plans to advocate a point of view most would consider outside the bounds of reasonableness. The same cannot be said a maniacal tyrant who is such a threat to the world that even continental Europe is concerned. Perhaps Columbia University really believes their invitation to Ahmadinejad was done solely to foster open dialogue. I merely wish that they would extend the same courtesy to conservatives concerned about illegal immigration that they show to a state sponsor of terrorism.

UPDATE: I should know by now to always check out Hot Air before discussing liberal insanity. The answer to my rhetorical question is “yes.” Columbia would invite Hitler.

3 Responses to “Open Forum With Ahmadinejad at Columbia”

  1. Chris said

    This is the same Columbia University that employs Nick DeGenova. A few years ago, DeGenova, an Anthropology assistant professor at the Liberal U in Morningside Heights created a stir when he said that he wanted to see the US Military defeated in Iraq wishing for “a million Mogadishus” and “The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military.”

    I am not surprised that Columbia has invited him to speak there (they still really don’t like it when people who endorse conservative, pro-American principles and ideas speak there, as the events of last year proved) and I concur with the thoughts of Romney on where this terrorist should be in the US.

  2. opit said

    Guess they would invite George, then.

  3. Ryan said

    Relativism. It’s the number one thing (but not the only thing) that makes leftist nuts leftist nuts when conversing with them in my opinion. They seem to think that the freely elected, then reelected, President of the world’s most stable democracy should be lumped in with the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran’s theocracy. While straining to think like a twelve-year-old who’s just heard one of his parents yelling at the TV, I can see that this is more based within an emotional response not a logical or rational one, which I believe is the problem with people on the left. Bush Derangement Syndrome morphs and manifests in numerous ways and I feel bad for people who are caught up in the “Bush is Hitler”, “Bush is a war-criminal”, “Bush was selected not elected”, “Bush lied kids died” crowd. It’s kind of sad that they’re off their rockers as such. Funny, yes. But sad too sometimes. It makes them very easy to argue with because they are too emotional, therefore demonstrate weak thinking skills when put into a face-to-face debate situation with informed people.

    Columbia would not invite George. By their own omission they’d rather invite Hitler and Mahmoud. Perhaps they have more to talk about with sinister and evil dictators who oppress their people’s speech, livelihoods, lifestyles, due process, religion, and other freedoms. While back here in America, I’m still waiting for that successful suit against any part of the Patriot Act from an American civilian citizen whose freedoms have been directly squashed in an overtly abusive way that can be deemed an infringement of rights. And it’s been nearly six years. Iranian’s don’t get to do that to their government. They execute gay people, oppress women and non-Shia Muslims and non-Persians, etc. But some liken “George” to these same people? You guys make it too easy.

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