Big story today – Ahmadinejad in the U.S. The outcry began last week when Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs invited Ahmadinejad to speak on its campus. Freedom’s Watch will run this ad in the NY Times today, at the full rate, of course, unlike MoveOn (did they pay them back?)
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit
Listening to support for Ahmadinejad, it seems to be rooted in free speech and benefit for the world. Columbia has not extended free speech to a host of other viewpoints. This only demonstrates the left-leaning view of the school. Free speech is a right guaranteed to American citizens, not foreigners and especially not leaders of countries that are actively involved in supplying arms, supplies, and bodies to kill American soldiers. Columbia’s anti-military, hate-Bush stance has blinded them to the painful truth that Ahmadinejad is not some dreamy, peace-loving leader.
Columbia U. is the ultimate hypocritical ivy league school: It does not permit the ROTC program on its campus because of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy towards homosexuals. But Ahmadinejad is a militant leader who kills homosexuals.
Michael Rubin at the National Review Online says it well:
The issue we see with Columbia is deeper than freedom of speech but rather the inconsistency with which university faculties choose to support it. If men like Richard Bulliet and Lee Bollinger, and women like Lisa Marie Anderson cared about freedom of speech, they might want to enable those who don’t have it, rather than celebrate the men who have taken it away.
Closed to the public, no protest signs allowed, questions to be asked via index card with no back-and-forth between the students and honored guest. A “free exchange of ideas” indeed. In a way I’m glad, though: this puts all the pressure on Bollinger to grill him. If he softballs him — which he probably won’t lest the few remaining scraps of his credibility end up in the toilet — he’ll never hear the end of it.
One Kos Kid has a krush on the madman.
I know I’m a Jewish lesbian and he’d probably have me killed. But still, the guy speaks some blunt truths about the Bush Administration that make me swoon…I want to be very clear. There are certainly many things about Ahmadinejad that I abhor — locking up dissidents, executing of gay folks, denying the fact of the Holocaust, potentially adding another dangerous nuclear power to the world and, in general, stifling democracy. Even still, I can’t help but be turned on by his frank rhetoric calling out the horrors of the Bush Administration and, for that matter, generations of US foreign policy preceding.
You just gotta love the matter-of-fact tone as she mentions the atrocities that Ahmadinejad is known for and guilty of. Yet, the good she finds in him is his joining far leftists and a select group of very liberal Democrats in criticizing Bush. The only good I find in this is that her views are not mainstream.
Writing at the Huffington Post, Sen. Mike Gravel confuses political action for military action.
But Ahmadinejad is Iran’s elected head of state and by snubbing him, we snub the Iranian government and its people. Right now, such a snub is not only wrong-headed, it’s dangerous.
If we take military action against Iran, liberals would be criticizing America for being overly preemptive. If Americans were to take any political action against this dictator, liberals would see it as only somewhat preemptive and a prelude to certain military action. But when a militant murderer such as Ahmadinejad is simply the subject of criticism, Gravel calls it “wrong-headed” and “dangerous.” Criticizing a dictator has nothing to do with the Iranian people and very little to do the government beyond what Ahmadinejad mandates.