Friday, September 21, 2007

Ahmadinejad to Columbia

Bill Kristol is appropriately outraged, as he responds to Columbia president Lee Bollinger's assertion that Ahmadinejad is in for 'sharp questioning:'

In fact, the introduction with "sharp challenges" by Bollinger makes the situation even more of a disgrace. Now there will be the appearance of real dialogue, of Ahmadinejad answering challenges, which further legitimizes the notion that Holocaust denial, say, is a subject of legitimate and reasonable debate. But if Bollinger had chosen to deny Ahmadinejad's request, or not to dignify Ahmadinejad's appearance by his presence--then Bollinger would have been denied the opportunity to lecture us, in Columbia's press release, to this effect: "It is a critical premise of freedom of speech that we do not honor the dishonorable when we open the public forum to their voices. To hold otherwise would make vigorous debate impossible. That such a forum could not take place on a university campus in Iran today sharpens the point of what we do here....This is America at its best."
Read the whole thing.


Anonymous said...

Muslims Against Sharia condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the decision of Columbia University to provide a speaking venue for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Apparently letting Akbar Rafsanjani speak at the National Cathedral was not the height of American Dhimmitude, because providing a venue for the world's foremost anti-Semite, whose proclaimed goal is the destruction of the USA and Israel, definitely takes the cake. What is surprising is that we don't hear any complaints from Columbia alumni who should be ashamed of their silence.

More on the subject: Why Does Columbia host Ahmadinejad?

Aryeh Amihay said...

To the best of my understanding, Ahmedinejad was invited to the forum not as an expert on Holocaust Studies, but as president of Iran, and hence a world-leader, who - like it or not - is shaping Middle Eastern politics and US foreign policy.

His comments on the Holocaust are horrific and shameful, but that is not the reason he was invited.

More on this on my blog: