Mercy, we’ve got this lunatic on our own soil and can’t do anything about it. Like what you ask? Well, maybe arrest and life imprisonment for supplying weapons and advisers to those killing our service personnel in Iraq, permanent ban from entering the country, maybe a little visit from Bob the Nailer — I know, I know, leader of a sovereign country an all, can’t violate the UN charter, immoral act — sometimes, the real world’s a lot less Tom Clancy than one would like. Today’s certainly one of those times. Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Holocaust denier with the goal of Israel’s total destruction writ large in his day-planner, is making his third visit to the UN to spew forth his hate and propaganda on a world stage tomorrow. Today, he’ll be the invited guest at Columbia University — showing that the ivy has grown so thick in that league that those in charge can’t see past the inside of the leaves . . . the disgrace of giving this avowed enemy of Western Civilization a collegiate microphone is nowhere to be found. . . .
OK, the Columbia speech is over — I didn’t get to hear the whole thing, but snippets here and there. At least Columbia president Lee Bollinger, didn’t roll over like a lap puppy during his introduction:
“Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator,” Bollinger said, to loud applause.
He said Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust might fool the illiterate and ignorant.
“When you come to a place like this it makes you simply ridiculous,” Bollinger said. “The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history.”
The audience actually greeted the tin-horn with a level of applause that should shame us all. Of course, ol’ Mahmoud didn’t disappoint with his intense level of dishonesty and subterfuge:
“People in Iran are very joyous, happy people,” he told a National Press Club audience that questioned him about the arrests of students, journalists and women. “They’re very free in expressing what they think.”
He said women in Iran were “the freest women in the world … They’re active in every level of society.”
Right! And, there’s this bridge in Brooklyn that he’d like to interest you in. . . . In the Q&A session afterwards, ol’ Mahmoud actually stated that there were no homosexuals in Iran. (The audience broke out in derisive laughter at that statement!) He said that this was a phenomena that only happens in the US and the West. (If true, no doubt because they’ve slaughtered them all under Sharia!) He also said that there were many Jews living in Iran in peace, (That would be news to the large LA population of Persian Jews that fled the persecution of the Ayatollahs!)
Protesters at the event freely spoke their minds — not many were pleased that one of the West’s main enemies had been given a free forum. In this [ol’ Mahmoud’s] case, free speech is worth much, much less than what it costs.
So, what about the poor schmucks in Los Angeles that get their news and opinions from our local kitty-box-liner, how did they set up this event in today’s edition? How did they portray our mousy-lookin’ little friend up there on the left, basking in the Photoshopped glow of his greatest desires? About like you’d expect — only even more so. They’ve changed the headline in the online version to Ahmadinejad hailed in Middle East, but in the dead-tree edition page-one just above the fold it reads, Arabs see a hero in Iran leader, and it gets a bit gushier after that.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a flinty populist in a zip-up jacket whose scathing rhetoric and defiance of Washington are often caricatured in the Western media, has transcended national and religious divides to become a folk hero across the Middle East.
The diminutive, at times inscrutable, president is a wellspring of stinging sound-bites and swagger for Muslims who complain that their leaders are too beholden to or frightened of the Bush administration. Ahmadinejad, who arrived in New York Sunday ahead of a U.N. General Assembly meeting, is an easily marketable commodity:a streetwise politician with nuclear ambitions and an open microphone.
“I like him a lot,” said Mahmoud Ali, a medical student in Cairo. “He’s trying to protect himself and his nation from the dangers around him. He makes me feel proud. He’s a symbol of Islam. He seems the only person capable of taking a stand against Israel and the West. Unfortunately, Egypt has gotten too comfortable with Washington.”
Do the LAT’s writers ever bring up ol’ Mahmoud’s goal of “wiping Israel off the map”? Well, finally, in the fifth ‘graph from the end, in an aside quote of a Cairo accountant. And, in their sidebar capsuling a history of Iran’s leader they seem to not find it important to mention that he was a Basij instructor during the Iran-Iraq War, training thousands of children to become martyrs via clearing mine fields with their own bodies. Guess that little tidbit kinda just slipped their minds. They did mention that he was alleged to have been a member of the group that took control of the US Embassy after the ’79 Islamic Revolution. As they say about little favors . . .
Dean Barnett has a novel idea of how to deal with all this: Sharia Day at Columbia!
So what should Columbia do to appropriately honor Ahmadenijad? I say in for a dime, in for a dollar. If Columbia’s going to honor the insane Persian, do it in style and with full commitment. It’s not too late President Bollinger – declare today “Sharia Day” on Columbia’s campus.
Put all the women in burkas. Pull out a dozen or so Columbia co-eds so they can have their hymens inspected to make sure they haven’t violated their family’s honor. In keeping with the spirit of the day, I’m afraid this test will have to be pass/fail. Potentially aggrieved family members should be standing by with appropriate weaponry.
To further make the Mahdi at home, Columbia could round up a couple of homosexuals. In fervent Islamic circles like those the Mahdi leads, there happens to be a serious theological debate about whether pure practitioners of Islam should execute homosexuals by throwing them off a building or burying them alive. Thus, President Bollinger will have to deliver two gays to the Mahdi just to be on the safe side.
But the females and the gays shouldn’t be the only ones who get to participate in Sharia Day. Sharia is nothing if not inclusive. All of the campus’ non-Muslims can pay next year’s Poll Tax today. No reason everyone can’t be part of the festivities!
Sounds like fun! Bring the fam’ . . . just leave that cousin with the full Judy Garland collection at home — no use taking any chances, right? And, Britney and Madonna might want to take a pass, too. Just being cautious mind you. Dean also posts in full the “hard questions” to Columbia’s president Bollinger that Instapunk has leaked. Guess we all need to give Bollinger a bit more credit, although I’m still not convinced that ol’ Mahmoud should have ever been given that platform.
We’ll continue watching, and reading, all day today. As Scarlett says, “Tomorrow is another day.” Tomorrow at the UN — just another ramblin’, lyin’ pack of garbage out of one of the world’s vilest of pie holes.
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