9.25.2007

fish, meet barrel

i don't get all the flack around this ahmadinejad dude.

y'all know what kind of ship he runs. so what was the point? to parade him around and give the nation a feel-good, moral superiority moment? or was it just a fair debate gone wrong?


[Columbia President Lee] Bollinger was strongly criticized for inviting Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia. The Iranian president was in New York in advance of his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

Bollinger had promised tough questions in his introduction to Ahmadinejad’s talk. But the strident and personal nature of his attack on the president of Iran was startling.

Bollinger described Ahmadinejad as having a "fanatical mindset" for making statements like wanting Israel to be “wiped off the map.”

"Do you plan on wiping us off the map too?" Bollinger asked, also asking questions about allegations Iran was supplying insurgents in Iraq. "Can you tell them and us why Iran is fighting a proxy war in Iraq?"

Ahmadinejad responded to boos and cheers that Iran is a "peace-loving nation."

"We love all nations. We are friends with the Jewish people," he said.

Ahmadinejad did not address all of Bollinger’s accusations directly, instead launching into a long religious discussion laced with quotes with the Quran before turning to criticism of the Bush administration and past American governments.

so, ok.

ahmadinejad denying the holocaust = wrong. (but not surprising)

"we don't have homosexuals" = hilarious. (but, again, not surprising)

asking what the horrors of the holocaust had "to do with the [treatment of the] Palestinian people?” = on point.

then this assh--i mean, our commander in chief--has the nerve to say that, "Ahmadinejad’s appearance at Columbia 'speaks volumes about really the greatness of America.'"

not really.

it just makes us look like bullies. again.

way to go.

4 comments:

Dark Daughta said...

Thank you. Sometimes...no, ofttimes I find that blogger spend a whole lot of time debating a whole lot of stuff that are really a bunch of really obvious point. Nothing too deep. I think that people are just looking for stuff to write about and if they need to infuse pretty mundane stuff with hype in order to find something that fits the bill, then they will.

sugar rush said...

yeah...

typically i use this space to think out loud, but i suppose that since i'm not really of the american cookie cutter variety, i don't really come off that way. and you've definitely broken the mold. in a good way. *grin*.

but yeah, if they really wanted to look bigger & badder, they could have just given dude a mike & 45 minutes and let him hang himself. why all the baiting & berating? sheesh.

take care.

beluvid ola-jendai said...

lol. thsi read like a mastercard commericial. priceless. whats crazy. is that what we here re: ahmadinejad cums mostli thru a filter. if not a interpreter. & tha left has so distorted tha (non)dialogue. that conversations occur more like a hostile inquisition than a fruitful dialogue uv mutual respect. we ask him disrepectful questions & expect him ta respond respectfulli. egads. mr. ahmadinejad... why r u such a bad man? will u please answer the question? bollinger showed his ass. they might as well ave had bill orielly up there or hinnity & coombs.

beluvid

sweetness said...

pretty much...

and thanks for bringing up the translator issue. i did remember seeing that he was answering, largely, in arabic. even so, maybe it was his own translator?

there are so many factors.

if i wind up bored at work today (per usual), i'm going to read those links you posted on myspace.

bless.