Ahmandinejad at Columbia

I’m not sure what Mahmoud Ahmandinejad thought was going to happen when he went to Columbia University. If I were President of that University, my introduction remarks would have been kinder and my language more diplomatic but the meaning would have been the same.  I applaud President Bollinger for inviting and then questioning this clown of a President.

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From MSNBC.com:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioned the official version of the Sept. 11 attacks and defended the right to cast doubt on the Holocaust in a tense appearance Monday at Columbia University, whose president accused the hard-line leader of behaving like “a petty and cruel dictator.”

Columbia President Lee Bollinger and audience members took Ahmadinejad to task over Iran’s human-rights record and foreign policy, as well as Ahmadinejad’s statements denying the Holocaust and calling for the disappearance of Israel.  (more…)

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  1. He thought that he could get Street Cred as you would say and he did. He got to look like a leader saying tough things. Bollinger did the only thing he could do. He either had say what he said or live with fawning words about Mahmoud being repeatedly broadcast over Iranian state run broadcast, Al Jazeera and more importantly for him to alumni donors. Mahmoud had much applause from the inside of the auditorium. The only negative audience reaction were giggles elicited by his statement about homosexuals. None of what he said was seriously challenge and he even repeated he cherished belief about the Holocaust without any boos.

    Bollinger got punked. Mahmoud got excellent propaganda clips for the state controlled Iranian press.

    Kudos for New Yorkers for not allowing Mahmoud to visit the 911 site and turn that into a prop for himself!

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