….must……blog….on…..Colombia…..and ……..Ahmadinejad…… (The link is to Spiegel’s version of the story.)
Here are my thoughts. Many, many people (mostly on the right) were/have been upset by Colombia’s invitation to Ahmadinejad to speak. Why? Well, the usual. “Shouldn’t give the enemy a platform”, “Shouldn’t let a terrorist spread his views” etc, etc.
I wouldn’t have invited him myself.
But now that he’s spoken – he’s all over the place. Everyone running with his clips has just “given the enemy a platform”, and “allowed a terrorist to spread his views.” In reality it’s a little like giving the guy enough rope to hang himself and working to counteract the “news” in Iran of his successful speech with standing ovations etc, but again, “giving the enemy a platform”, “letting a terrorist spread his views”……
Also- Mr. Bollinger invited the guy to speak. We all expected the rambling Ahmadinejad rant and we weren’t disappointed. Mr. Bollinger however, is a professor and expert on the Constitution. His introduction was a “rambling rant”.
It was a list of types of Iranian evils, followed by a name calling, followed by a calling out. I would have expected a bit more intellectual discourse by the guy who should know how to insult someone in such a subtle way that Iranians themselves aren’t insulted by the treatment of their invited president.
The Iranian newspapers aren’t going to quote Mr. Bollinger and then have the Iranian people think “Whoa, our president is a bad guy”. I can’t even find a story on the dang speech from Kayhan or the Tehran Times. Maybe tomorrow, but sheesh, we aren’t necessarily front page news everywhere Mr. Colombia University.
Ralph Peters has the best column of the day because it’s about the ROTC/military who are not allowed at Colombia. Giving them the voice denyed by Mr. Bollinger.