You know our immigration rules are out of whack when we let a confirmed enemy of America take a working vacation in the Big Apple, but let's not get too excited: A country that doesn't embrace free speech -- even when it's coming from a smelly turd like Ahmadinejad -- is an insecure country. He won't say anything that truly damages us ... and we can take a certain amount of pride in the fact that we have offered that Muslim Nazi a soapbox he'd never offer us.
Speaking of free speech .... after so many newsreels of Iranian hotheads burning U.S. flags and hollering "Death to America!" I hope someone had the presence of mind to burn an Iranian flag.
UPDATE 1:35 P.M. -- President Ahmadinejad got a lesson in free speech today, and saw that truly free speech isn't the one-sided exercise he enjoys in Iran.
Columbia University President Lee Bollinger excoriated Ahmadinejad in his introduction. "Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator," Bollinger said. He also lambasted Iran's "brutal crackdown" on dissidents, public executions, executions of minors and other actions, CNN reported, and assailed Ahmadinejad's "denying" of the Holocaust as "ridiculous" and "dangerous propaganda." CNN said Bollinger called Ahmadinejad either brazenly provocative "or astonishingly uneducated."
When Amadinejad took the podium, he said Bollinger's introduction included "insults" and falsities, and flew in the face of an environment that's supposed to let people speak their minds.
Translation: The Iranian blowhard thought he was the only person in the room who could speak his mind.