By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
September 25, 2007
There are no gays in Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, and the Holocaust never happened.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might actually believe these false claims but almost nobody else does.
Ahmadinejad doubts the official U.S. version of 9/11. He sounds like someone who thought Harry Potter and Peter Pan were real.
Yet he wanted to visit “Ground Zero.” If the spot marks no actual place of historic import: why visit?
Mr. Ahmadinejad also thinks he lives in a democracy. That is because he holds power in a viciously brutal regime that has no inkling of human rights, rights for women or gay rights. In Iran, the rights do not exist for those not in the leadership or the cream of society.
In Iran guys like Ahmadinejad and Islamic Mullah’s call the shots. You want in?
Columbia University president Lee Bollinger said Mr. Ahmadinejad is “a petty and cruel dictator.”
Mr. Ahmadinejad used the Socratic method to question some other truths of history.
On September 11, 2001: “Why did this happen? What caused it? What conditions led to it? Who truly was involved? Who was really involved and put it all together?”
Brilliant: except questions are not argument and certainly fall way short of facts, proof and truth: things with which the president of Iran has only a limited familiarity.
Free speech was preserved even as Ahmadinejad criticized the United States for spying on its own citizens and neglecting free speech on Monday at Columbia University.
To put this all in an academic nutshell (something Mr. Ahmadinejad might be familiar with as he was at one time a professor): Ahmadinejad: C-. Bollinger and Columbia University: A-.
Mr. Bollinger said Mr. Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust might fool the illiterate and ignorant. But not the knowledgeable and educated.
“When you come to a place like this it makes you simply ridiculous,” Bollinger said.
Thank God General Dwight David Eisenhower and others who saw into the future to this day and gave us a vast photographic and documentary record of the Holocaust.
“The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history,” said President Bollinger.
Thank God Israel continues to work on its own security and military forces, including an airstrike against Syrian nuclear facilities just more than a week ago.
And thank God for free speech. It exposes imbeciles like Ahmadinejad, allows the educated and informed to air and debate their views in an orderly manner, and it keeps our democracy alive.
Where is it in this world is free speech stifled? Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Cuba and Venezuela to name a few.
Any volunteers to live under the restrictions of Hugo Chavez or Hu Jintao or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
Those student from Columbia University who cheered Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: we appreciate your right to believe what you will. But for tickets to China or Cuba or Venezuela or Iran: step to the head of the line. You are welcome to them.
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