Today is the day of controversy in New York. The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has arrived in New York amongst a ton of outcries and anger. First he wanted to tour Ground Zero which thank GOD the city of NY told him no, but now he has been invited to speak at Columbia University. The Dean at Comlubia U. said that he will be allowed to use freedom of speech here in hopes that he would do the same back in his country. Yeah….right….
The Dean also said that if Adolf Hitler were still be-bopping around, he would be invited to speak to. Ok, he didn’t say it in exactly those words but you get my drift. Why don’t you just invite Osama, Saddam, and Satan himself.
Many students are ticked off as would be imagined.
From the NY Daily News:
“It’s a stain on the university,” said sophomore Elizabeth Friess, 20. “You can’t have an open debate with someone who wants to wipe out Israel. There is no reasoning with someone like that.”
“It was offensive to hear a dean, of all people, say they would invite Hitler,” said senior Lexi Khan, 21. “There aren’t too many educational qualities you can draw from a man who sent people to gas chambers.
This man is trash and a egotistical warmonger. America prides itself so much on the home of the free and the brave; however, this individual is allowed to be on a university campus to use OUR freedom of speech. Last time I checked, we did not have a dictatorship in America and people from war driven countries such as Iran do not have freedom of speech here.
On the other side though, (yes, I’m trying to be diplomatic which is very difficult in this situation) I’ll be waiting for the questions to start rolling toward Ahmadinejad and see just how calm and responsive he’ll be. I only hope that the Dean will use this opportunity to get Ahmadinejad in a corner and pelt him with questions that Americans would like to hear answers for.
From the story from the NY Daily News, read here.
Here is a clip from Fox News about Ahmadinejad’s visit today.