Yes, Lee Bollinger did a masterful smackdown of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Yes, he exposed a lot of the mad ravings of Iran's president for what they are – mad ravings. All to the good, in the great scheme of things. Bollinger spoke truth to power, to use the left's favorite phrase. And here is what reached the people of Iran:
Despite entire US media objections, negative propagation and hue and cry in recent days over IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's scheduled address at Colombia University, he gave his lecture and answered students questions here on Monday afternoon.
On second day of his entry in New York, and amid standing ovation of the audience that had attended the hall where the Iranian President was to give his lecture as of early hours of the day, Ahmadinejad said that Iran is not going to attack any country in the world.
Before President Ahamadinejad's address, Colombia University Chancellor in a brief address told the audience that they would have the chance to hear Iran's stands as the Iranian President would put them forth.
He said that the Iranians are a peace loving nation, they hate war, and all types of aggression.
Referring to the technological achievements of the Iranian nation in the course of recent years, the president considered them as a sign for the Iranians' resolute will for achieving sustainable development and rapid advancement.
The audience on repeated occasion applauded Ahmadinejad when he touched on international crises.
At the end of his address President Ahmadinejad answered the students' questions on such issues as Israel, Palestine, Iran's nuclear program, the status of women in Iran and a number of other matters.
The defenders of free speech neglect to understand a basic fact – it does not work in a country that stomps on it. (And for all the Koz Kidz who rant incessantly – this country isn't the one that silences people.) All that happened at Columbia was that a mad dwarf was given a really, really tall soapbox to stand on. Regardless of what Bollinger said or did. Because if you speak truth to power and nobody is allowed to hear you,, did you really ever speak at all?
There are some people I genuinely respect who think that Mad Mahmoud's appearance at Columbia was an objectively good thing. I respect that. If we all thought alike and echoed one another's words we'd be thoughtless automatons. Or Koz Kidz. But I really, honestly, think this was a bad thing overall. Have at it disagreeing with me.
UPDATE: Others: Captain's Quarters, The Corner, QandO, ScrappleFace, Jammie Wearing Fool, PW Pub, Small Dead Animals, Belmont Club, Sundries Shack (who has a roundup of world headlines. Hint: Bollinger is mentioned once.)