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Monday, September 24, 2007

Ahmadinejad at Columbia University

The Iranian President - whose name I am not even going to try to spell - is speaking at Columbia University as I type this. He was a little late getting started, but the guy who introduced him really blasted him and his policies before he took the stand, then I switched the channel.


Well, I don't see this as a matter of Freedom of Speech for one. Columbia has a very... weird and mixed message when it comes to Freedom of Speech. They have denied a whole lot of people and organizations the right to speak on campus but they let this guy? I mean, Ahmadinejad is so obviously a hatemongerer and demagogue that absolutely no one questions it. Like I said, even the guy introducing him blasted his policies and "thoughts" on many matters.

Further, why do I care?

I completely disagree with everything that comes out of this pint-sized tyrant's mouth, so why do I give a damn how he justifies them? And why do I want to sit around, listening to more of the same? I'm completely shocked that he's still speaking and hasn't been booed off the stage, but I have a feeling it's more because the people are waiting for the end his prepared speech, at which point there is to be a Q&A period.

Still, Columbia U. has a lot to answer for when it comes to this whole thing; I truly believe they only let this guy speak for the press it would give them. And that, it has! For nearly two weeks now, it's been the talk of the media, and every news station out there has been covering it since it started.

I don't know what they're waiting for; the guy hasn't answered a single question for anyone yet. He just answers questions in "response." That's all he's done for everyone so far, period. And all he's done at Columbia so far, too.

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