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These are the bare facts. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran received an unsolicited invitation to speak at Columbia University in New York. He showed up. In his ‘welcome’ address, Columbia University president, Lee Bollinger, said of Ahmadinejad – to his face – that "you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator. You are either brazenly provocative, or astonishingly uneducated." This was followed by even more insults heaped on the guest speaker. At one point during Ahmadinejad’s speech, he naively declared that there were no homosexuals in Iran. The assembled audience responded to this with jeering laughter. I think this was a mistake. Don’t get me wrong. I am no admirer of the Iranian President – although I do believe he is seriously underestimated by the West. The man may act like a country buffoon, but he knows exactly what he is doing – and what will sell to his own people. Back home, his popularity rating is triple that of George Bush. Whether his speech was a public relations exercise, or a genuine/hypocritical attempt to explain his political stand to ordinary Americans, will remain debatable. However, that is not the main issue here.
Originally posted by jsobecky
reply to post by sanchoearlyjones
I'll keep looking for the hate in the speech.
Look for it in the streets of Tehran where they hang the bodies of homosexuals from the lampposts, and stone young girls to death after burying them up to their neck.
I don't ever remember Gandhi supporting acts like that.
I must say, you have some strange heroes.:shk:
Originally posted by justinsweatt
I honestly find myself not caring about this whole thing. This is another typical non-issue being put on the media hot seat so that the rest of the world can be distracted from whatever real news worthy item is actually occurring. It makes me wonder what is actually being swept under the carpet that will be under the tag "while you were whargarbling about so and so", here is what happened.
Originally posted by HotDogNoBun
reply to post by Cosmic4life
I think they should have walked out. Wouldnt you have walked out if Hitler was speaking at the UN?
The comment about Qadaffi being like a truther... that is just perfect that you truthers identify with a rambling lunatic and are proud of it.
Originally posted by quackers
How many walked out as a sign of protest, and how many walked out so to be seen to be in protest?
Originally posted by 814ck0u7
if the most recent link containing what we are told is the mans speech is genuine...
then no one who is criticizing the man on this website has read it.