I had been having an ongoing debate internally about whether Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should have been allowed to speak at Columbia University. I really couldn't decide. If forced, I probably would have leaned against it because I do believe he is supplying our enemies with support, money and armament to kill our soldiers and therefore he shouldn't be allowed to step foot on our soil to further his agenda (not to mention his positions on the Holocaust and Israel -- as one person was quoted as saying: any enemy of Israel is an enemy of the U.S.). The U.N. is not U.S. soil, but an American university is an entirely different story.
What I find despicable, though, is the Columbia University president lambasting Ahmadinejad during the opening comments and introduction of the Iranian president. That was just a face-saving move on his part because of all the heat he was getting.
Sure, he had a right to voice his opinions. That was, after all, the pretext for inviting the Iranian president to speak. But if he was taking that position, he should have saved his opinions until after Ahmadinejad spoke.
Posted by On The Mark