Columbia and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

I am glad to see in some articles today validation for my thoughts about the Columbia University President Lee Bollinger vs. Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It was like watching a cat play with a mouse.

I did not agree with Columbia inviting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak in the first place. The invitation was flawed with the thought that people who “come” to America can say what they want. Once again I argue that many of our freedoms, such as free speech, come with being an American not by merely visiting an American. Would we afford Hitler or Stalin or Idi Amin such a pulpit as Columbia University?

But did they invite him for an ulterior purpose? Did they just want to put him in his place? Was this really a fundraiser? Almost any of us could debate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and prove him “either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated.” Why give the fruitloop the opportunity to “speak” at all?

And now, in natural progression, Iranians find themselves insulted. They should be. They should be insulted and ashamed that they let their uneducated religious and political leaders take them down the garden path; that they call memorizing verses from the Koran education; that they accept in the name of religion, unfair treatment of women or those of different beliefs.

Iranians are insulted everyday by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, their Assembly of Experts, their Expediency Discernment Council of the System and their Supreme Leader. Iranians are insulted by authorities who tell them what to wear, what to say, what to watch, what to read, what to think, what to do. Any human would be insulted.

%d bloggers like this: