Monday, September 24, 2007

The Evil Has Landed: Ahmadinejad in the Big Apple

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in the middle of two question-and-answer sessions in New York City today ... and protesters are out in force. That's a good sign.

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.

3 comments:

Vince said...

True, we are doing the 'right' thing in letting him have the opportunity. I can't imagine the favor will be returned...at least without some heavy censorship.

Noga said...

Columbia U is taking the bull by its two horns, one being academic freedom, the other - freedom of speech, in providing a stage for a bellicose, superstitious, antisemitic, misogynistic, homophobic, Holocaust denier, wannabe genocider and a megalomaniac of the first order.

You've got to admire such dedication to the absolute right of someone, not just to speak, but to be heard, and not only to be heard by anybody but to be heard by some of the finest minds in America, in the cradle of leadership. Whoo-ah!

Oliver Kamm, speaking of another matter pertaining to the thorny issue of freedom of speech, comes close to providing a rather decent and workable rule of thumb for evaluating the advisability of Columbia's choice to host Ahmadinejad:

"I am close to being an absolutist on free speech. I do not, however, consider that defending someone's right to utter pernicious sentiments obligates you to provide the vehicle by which he may do so. "

http://oliverkamm.typepad.com/blog/2007/07/comment-is-free.html

Would Columbia U would allow its students' magazines to publish the Danish cartoons, in the name of the same righteous absolutism?

Anonymous said...

First of all I should say its really upsetting all only can see what the media show them? in other words all your senses are control with media you only see what media show only hear things midi show you? its understanding at least for me? you people never had a chance or access to others media. You only can see things what just few people show you and tells you?
If its about a free speech why don't you call the biggest evil on the earth who killed thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan for nothing without any reason ? I am sure and challenge you all your president (W. Bush) will not able to answer the secondary school kids dose kids who has lost their parents under your militant's bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Its your government who attack and kills its you who voted and you are responsible for all what happens now a days in our Afghanistan and Iraq not only Bush you all have hand in killing people and destroying Iraq.
If you got brain in your head, you will think where Holocaust happened and who did, who should be called Idiot ? It was Muslims who sheared their lands with Jews not you (Americans, Britons or Germans) if holocaust happened in Germany why don't you get their lands and give to Jews to do justice why Muslims lost their life at their won home land?

IF YOU REALY BELIEVE IN FREE SPEECH COME AND ANSWER AND FIND THE ANSWER FOR YOUR SELF AS WELL ? WE SHOULD CALL YOU UNEDUCATED AIL MANNER ?
I AM SORRY BUT YOUR THOUGHTS MADE ME TO BE LIKE YOU AND TALK WITH YOU IN UR WON LANGUAGE?