I've been comparing ian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Hitler for years. It's a well-deserved comparison. So I was delighted to hear Columbia University President Bollinger tell Ahmadinejad that the Hitler wannabee exhibits "all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator," and question the ian leader's record on human rights and his statements that the Holocaust was a myth.
I also found myself largely in agreement with my esteemed RedState colleague, Pejman Yousefzadeh, who writes that it is good that Ahmadinejad was forced to deal with boos, hisses, denunciations and derisive laughter in response to his propaganda and lies. Nevertheless, Reuters reports the ian tyrant got his talking points in:
Ahmadinejad also insisted in a forum at Columbia University 's nuclear program was purely peaceful. Challenged over his past comments that Israel should be wiped off the map and questioning the Holocaust, he said his concern was why the Palestinians were suffering.Providing the ian the Columbia soapbox lends the junior Hitler more legitimacy for his poison and admirers.
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Bollinger asked a string of tough questions, most of which Ahmadinejad ignored in a 30-minute speech which dwelt at length on science as a gift from God and the importance of using knowledge and learning purely and in a pious way.
Answering questions about his views on the Holocaust, Ahmadinejad said there were no absolutes in academia, and "a different perspective" was necessary given the impact on the Middle East of those events.
"I'm not saying that it didn't happen at all," he said. "I said, granted this happened, what does it have to do with the Palestinian people."
Ahmadinejad also rejected criticism of human rights in his country, notably persecution of homosexuals: "In we don't have homosexuals like in your country," he said, sparking loud laughter from the audience. "In we do not have this phenomenon. I do not know who has told you we have it."
Bollinger and John Coatsworth, Columbia's interim dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, defended Columbia's invitation to Ahmadinejad, saying it would provide a forum for free speech and healthy debate. The event did provide a forum for Ahmadinejad, but there was no debate, there was merely an exchange of insults and a recitation of ian propaganda. Wherefore, I respectfully disagree with Pejman and submit that it was not a good thing that Columbia provided the evil madman from a now diminished but still valued, at least by Ahmadinejad, platform.
You can watch Bollinger's introductory tongue lashing of Ahmadinejad in this video: