Iranian president Ahmadinejad was invited to speak at Columbia University on Monday.
I, for one, was delighted that the college invited the man to come and deliver a speech. There was a great deal of uproar and protest around the event, but the college – rightly – stood by their decision to go ahead with their plans. Sure, they were giving a very unpopular man a very powerful forum to speak, but they were also giving him a proverbial noose with which to hang himself in front of the American people. Columbia University was also giving their president an opportunity to deliver what may have been one of the best introductions EVER. Observe:
Columbia was also correct in allowing Ahmajinedad to speak because, as one reporter put it:
Ahmadinejad is the president of a major nation in a vital part of the world, and we should have enough self-assurance and belief in our own system of government, and in the intelligence of our college students, that we can let them (and our larger public) evaluate his words, whatever they may be.
Well, his words were, to put not too fine a point on it, dumb.
Did you know that there are NO gays in Iran? (I bet there are no left-handed people there, either.) That women in Iran enjoy the “highest levels of freedom”? That the Holocaust is a “myth”? All true: so sayeth the moronic leader of Iran.
Here’s what I think about this – I applaud Columbia University for letting Ahmadinejad speak. They upheld the tenets of this country by offering this man the opportunity to exercise his freedom of expression, and offered the rest of us an opportunity to see and hear for ourselves what a certifiable nut job the guy really is.
God/dess bless the people of Iran. With a guy like this at the helm of their country, they need all the help they can get.