Two reasons why free speech myopians and too-clever-by-half pundits are wrong about defending Columbia’s decision to host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday. First, from the Jerusalem Post’s brilliant columnist, Caroline Glick, on the narcissistic folly of Columbia President Lee Bollinger’s “rough treatment” of the Holocaust denier (h/t Dennis Miller Radio Show):
What was said yesterday at Columbia is of no consequence whatsoever. What matters is that by inviting Ahmadinejad to its campus, Columbia University announced that supporting or opposing the genocide of the Jews is a legitimate topic for discussion.
…The times in which we live are difficult times. They demand an accounting from all of us. Do we uphold our humanity and defend life or do we sink into an easy silence as life’s sanctity is called into question by well-heeled, smooth-talking servants of evil who hide their depravity by speaking eloquently of freedom of speech?
Columbia University has made its choice. Now it is our turn to choose.
Despite entire US media objections, negative propagation and hue and cry in recent days over IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s scheduled address at Colombia University, he gave his lecture and answered students questions here on Monday afternoon.
On second day of his entry in New York, and amid standing ovation of the audience that had attended the hall where the Iranian President was to give his lecture as of early hours of the day, Ahmadinejad said that Iran is not going to attack any country in the world.
Before President Ahamadinejad’s address, Colombia University Chancellor in a brief address told the audience that they would have the chance to hear Iran’s stands as the Iranian President would put them forth.
He said that the Iranians are a peace loving nation, they hate war, and all types of aggression.
Congratulations, Columbia – you just provided Iran more cover to clamp down on dissidents, and on those non-existent homosexuals.