Posted by: thescoundrel | September 25, 2007

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Assembly at Columbia University

This is a follow up of my previous post about the recent speaking engagement by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University. The NY Times posted slices of the dialogue on it’s website in reverse chronology. From my readings of the NY Times information and various other media reported events it sounded like Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, who has been heavily criticized for allowing Ahmadinejad the opportunity to speak on the campus, verbally scalded the Iranian leader for his many political shortcomings. Bollinger alluded to the Iranian Government’s lack of civil liberties and ruthless treatment of women, gays, political/journalistic opposition and his denial of the Jewish Holocaust facts and Iranian terrorist connections. The following Bollinger concluding statement of his introduction of Ahmadinejad was almost prophetic: “Frankly, and in all candor Mr. President, I doubt that you will have the intellectual courage to answer these questions, but your avoiding them will in itself be meaningful to us. I do expect you to exhibit the fanatical mind-set that characterizes what you say and do.

Most of Ahmadinejad’s speech was as predicted, nonsense. He dodged answering questions about the Holocaust and terrorist connections by attacking the US and Israel. And he suggested that Iran under his guidance was a bastion for freedom of thought. He must of forgotten about his recent closing of a website that was a critic of the government. However student activism is justly rewarded with trumped up trials and a proper execution, no extra charge for the torture, I presume. Nor does he seem to remember the various rounds of educational cleansing. (Maybe Alzheimers is setting in.) No problem with drug addicts either, they just hang them. Here is a link to various other posts on Kamangir Archer’s blog pertaining to Iran and human rights. And I believe Ahmadinejad when he says they have no homosexuals in Iran. 😡 But it isn’t the laughing matter the Columbia crowd found it. My guess is that if they haven’t already been hanged on trumped up charges they are in hiding or have fled the country. And his government sure knows how to treat women right! Except maybe you might want to be properly dressed if you need hospital services. And they will gladly assist the women needing help with proper Iranian fashion sense by arresting them for dressing improperly. And if you are still having trouble with understanding proper Iranian fashion, the police will gladly help revitalize your memory with a first-rate bloody beating. And your husband shall see to your every need maybe even sell your body off to other men, of course outsiders might want to avoid helping out the woman less they get stoned. Of course remember adultery is a stoning offense, even if you are married to the man, if the judge refuses to acknowledge that you were married.

There is absolutely NO Doubt About IT, The Iranian government and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are all about giving Jews, Gays, Women, Activists and others human rights. But mostly those rights involve the right to get beaten or murdered.

😥 😥 😥

Thanks to Kamangir Archer Blog for most of the previous links and his blog that helps the world keep informed on the suffering and lack of civil liberties under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the current Iranian government.



  1. I guess the Iranian press witnessed a different conference in an alternate universe after reviewing the following story.

  2. Ahmadinejad’s appearance and comments were just what I expected, but I thought Bollinger came off worse than Ahmadinejad.

    Bollinger invites Ahmadinejad to his place, then proceeds to insult him, including his intelligence. I had to agree with Ahmadinejad that Bollinger showed a complete lack of manners and hospitality.

    He shouldn’t have invited him in the first place—-Bollinger was attempting to make the best of a bad situation—that HE created.


  3. As I said in my previous post, if it had been up to me he would only have been allowed access to the UN then sent merrily on his way back to mullahworld. But he has been trying to spread his propaganda here for some time. And if you read the Internet he has disciples and apologists. I have visited several blogs feeling sorry and supporting the tyrant. But in my opinion it was better to let him have his little say on our terms rather than him sit behind some camera crying poor-poor-pitiful-misunderstood me. Was Bollinger a jerk to him, yeah. My guess he was that way from public outcry. But then again I think Ahmadinejad got off easy with a mere tongue lashing. Sometimes you take your shots during the opportunities that avail themself even if you have to bait a trap to catch the rat. It might be the only chance you get at monsters like Ahmadinejad.

  4. I stayed up until about 4am here listening to the speech and the Q&A session. Bollinger seemed to be overreacting to the criticism he received. His public lambasting was ill-thought out. All it did was give Ahmadinejad the chance to look good. Also, it is pretty bad form to invite a guest and then do a lot of name-calling when they arrive.

    During Q&A, Ahmadinejad fell into a mode of continually ducking questions by directing different questions back at the audience, or just by obfuscation.

    Summary: I should have gone to bed and missed the whole thing. No new information was presented.

  5. Welcome Shinbikkuri, I do not disagree with your assessments. And if you or anyone else were expecting some great revelations they were sadly disappointed. I expected nothing more than what was produced. I am guessing that Bollinger either previously watched or read the transcript from the CBS television interview with Ahmadinejad and realized that if there were to be any exposure of Ahmadinejads actions it would have to come in his introduction of the man. You throw your punches when the opening is available. Bad taste, probably. Made him look bad and disrespectful, probably. But it was just as disrespectful for Ahmadinejad, in order to get the chance to speak, to pretend that he was going to offer up insightful information. It was a no win situation for Bollinger once he made the speaking engagement offer.

  6. I think you hit the nail on the head: “It was a no win situation for Bollinger once he made the speaking engagement offer.” I think he was trying to continue Columbia’s tradition of lending credence to American government opposition but, having been burned by public opinion in the past, decided to do some damage control.

    Bollinger could have thanked the President for agreeing to come and made a firm statement about his points he wanted answered and handed the floor over. It wouldn’t have changed the content of the speech, but would have affected how people perceived it. Bollinger’s lack of grace divided our attentions.

    Sounds like you went into the speech with a much more reasonable set of expectations. I think my ‘expectations’ were similar, but I ‘hoped’ for something more. 🙂

  7. I thought that Bollinger looked like a coward and a fool. Let him say that to the President of the United States. That’s being strong. Insulting a guest that you invited is disgusting, childish and repugnant. No matter who it is. Most religions find this kind of behavior horrific in the extreme. Next to murder, failure to extend proper hospitality is considered the highest evil.

    Self-righteous clap trap.

    Doubly sickening in that it makes many of us who hate Iran veer to their side.

    What an idiot. I haven’t been this angy since that doofus from the CIA said that, well, he could have, if he wanted too, stopped the Iraq war.

  8. Actually SCHQQ, he received better treatment than some of Columbia’s guest speakers. He did not deserve any. And though he was given an invitation it was an invitation that Ahmadinejad had been seeking for some time. Nor do I remember many of you feeling disgusted where other leftwing organizations bashed Bush at funerals, a time for solemnity not political grandstanding. It was evident after the Wellstone funeral, which was used as a political rally for Bush bashing, why they excluded to have any attendance from the Whitehouse. At least Bollinger had the chutzpah to say it face to face. And after the King funeral most leftwingers were all giddy over the bashing Bush took by attending the funeral. Plus after the Steven Colbert press club incident the Democratic Party was partying across the Internet. The whole Columbia incident sounds like standard operating leftwing procedure to me.

  9. Columbia University claims they are America’s best and brightest?

    Did you see the way they applauded Ahmadenijad?

    They are just a bunch of filthy Little Eichmanns.

    It is too bad that Cho Seung-hui didn’t go to Columbia University!

  10. Colbert for President! I love the guy and even though he’s wacky and wierd, he’d be better than any of the other candidates.

  11. Well Colbert probably wouldn’t be worse than many of the other clowns running. And at least he could do a comic script to liven up the office.

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