Today is a sad day for America. Here we are in a time of war, and we offer the President of one of the countries in the "axis of evil" a national platform. Not only did he speak at Columbia University, but all the major cable channels broadcast his words nationwide. And what did President Bush have to say about it?
President Bush said Ahmadinejad's appearance at Columbia "speaks volumes about really the greatness of America."
He told Fox News Channel that if Bollinger considers Ahmadinejad's visit an educational experience for Columbia students, "I guess it's OK with me."
Other American officials were less sympathetic.
On Capitol Hill, conservatives said Columbia should not have invited Ahmadinejad to speak. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said "there is a world of difference between not preventing Ahmadinejad from speaking and handing a megalomaniac a megaphone and a stage to use it."
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., said he thought Columbia's invitation to Ahmadinejad was a mistake "because he comes literally with blood on his hands." *
Simply unbelievable. President Bush is either suffering from a bad case of burnout or he simply doesn't care.
Ahmadinejad is responsible for the deaths of who knows how many American soldiers in Iraq--it was proven that Iran supplies arms and agents in the war. He blatantly funds Hezbollah . . . but of course he is welcome at Columbia, and the President of the United States shrugs his shoulders and says, "Okay by me."
I feel like I'm living in some alternate reality. Evil is evil, and the benediction of free speech does not apply to it. Would Columbia and the media offer a national stage to the president of North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA)? Since when is evil entitled to free speech simply because it's promoted by an elected official?
I sincerely hope Columbia loses millions of dollars in donations as a result of this fiasco, and I'm very sorry to say (from the perspective of a past loyal supporter) that I will be glad to see George W. Bush go.
Ahmadinejad questions 9/11, Holocaust
Associated Press, By NAHAL TOOSI