Ahmadinejad Speaks at Columbia

 

As for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comments during the speech, they were outrageous as expected. Aside from denying there were gay Iranians, he went on to contradict himself as he always does on the issue of the holocaust. In one part of the speech he states, “If the Holocaust is a reality of our time, a history that occurred, why is there not sufficient research that can approach the topic from different perspectives?” (different perspectives being those of the deniers such as David Irving and David Duke, the latter he invited to his holocaust conference in Tehran, receiving equal credibility as those of the affirmers). Then in the same speech he states, “Why is it that the Palestinian people are paying the price for an event they had nothing to do with?” He wants to have it both ways: The holocaust didn’t happen, but if it did, then the Palestinians shouldn’t have been made to bear the brunt.

The latter argument has become fashionable today and it’s something far leftists and rightist can agree on, though anyone with knowledge of the history of Zionism knows the movement long preceded the holocaust (the first Zionist immigrants began coming in the 1880s). True, the atrocities revealed after the holocaust shocked the world to the point of garnering support for a Jewish state in Palestine. But it is also true, though less commonly known, that the holocaust dealt a nearly fatal blow to the Zionist enterprise, after the bulk of potential immigrants from Europe that the Zionists hoped to bring over in order to strengthen the Yishuv (pre-state Jewish population of Palestine) by giving the Jews a substantive edge in population over the Palestinians, were killed off during the Holocaust.

Columbia University President Lee Bollinger stated in Ahmadinejad’s introduction that it was important to “know thine enemies,” a key justification he gave for inviting Ahmadinejad to speak. But it was obvious from the outset we weren’t going to learn anything about Ahmadinejad that we didn’t already know. Equally obvious was that once given a platform, Ahmadinejad would spin it into a charade for propaganda purposes for the audience back home. Just look at the coverage it received from the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

 

IRI President addresses students at Colombia University

New York, Sept 25, IRNA
Ahmadinejad-Colombia Varsity-Address
Despite entire US media objections, negative propagation and hue and cry in recent days over IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s scheduled address at Colombia University, he gave his lecture and answered students questions here on Monday afternoon.

On second day of his entry in New York, and amid standing ovation of the audience that had attended the hall where the Iranian President was to give his lecture as of early hours of the day, Ahmadinejad said that Iran is not going to attack any country in the world.

Before President Ahamadinejad’s address, Colombia University Chancellor in a brief address told the audience that they would have the chance to hear Iran’s stands as the Iranian President would put them forth.

He said that the Iranians are a peace loving nation, they hate war, and all types of aggression.

Referring to the technological achievements of the Iranian nation in the course of recent years, the president considered them as a sign for the Iranians’ resolute will for achieving sustainable development and rapid advancement.

The audience on repeated occasion applauded Ahmadinejad when he touched on international crises.

At the end of his address President Ahmadinejad answered the students’ questions on such issues as Israel, Palestine, Iran’s nuclear program, the status of women in Iran and a number of other matters.

 

 

 

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