Atlas Shrugs: The Zero is a No Show at Ground Zero
Can’t say I am surprised. The evil dwarf punked out and did not make good on his threat to pay his respects to the Islamic suicide terrorists that invaded our great nation on 9/11.
I caught the downtown train to meet up with Kevin McCullough and march to Ground Zero to keep Ahamadinejad off the hallowed ground at Ground Zero.
Only the best people were there.
Claudia Rosett, love that woman. She had to bolt to cover another oil for food trial – considering she is the only one covering the greatest scandal in human history, she could hardly miss it.
Kevin and Desiree Burnstein, 9/11 family
Law enforcement made us move the signs off Port Authority property and would not let Desiree speak at Ground Zero (watch the video.) If we were screaming Death to America, perhaps we would have gotten more respect. /sarc tag off.
The evil dwarf couldn’t shine these folks shoes
Atlas reader met up, Edge, and insisted on providin transport to the next stop on the ” Death to America” Tour. I’d tell you who he is but then I’d have to kill you. 😉
UN coverage coming up. Check back
Atlas Shrugs: There are no Homosexuals in Iran:
Columbia University Awaits the Killer. Columbia University Awaits the Killer. Of course he invoked the mahdi in the opening statement. Listening to the brutal despot, Glick is right when she said Columbia has disgraced itself beyond repair.
Excellent photos thanks to Elizabeth
Enormously talented artist Creative Patriot
Outside of Columbia – no free speech on campus for these folks, they had to demonstrate off campus.
Drum roll for the new Hitler
Students wait in front of Butler to watch the showdown between Sheriff Bollinger and I’m A Dinner Jacket on the big screen
“Peaceful” Iran’s love of humanity
The leftards are so ……predictable. Evil’s handmaiden.
I just got back from the UN (video and pics to come, check the blog) – I couldn’t make it to Columbia – had to get my kids off the bus but I did catch the poison dwarf spew his invective on FOX. What can freedom loving peoples say to such an abomination?
That this huge media opportunity was given to such a madman is tragic. The oppressed peoples of Iran must give up all hope when they see Ahmadinejad’s heralded appearance at one of the world’s leading universities.
His lies, his narrative, his Zionist oppressor bile, his contention that the woman of Iran are the free-est in the world, his despicable homophobic assertion that there are no gays in Iran “no such phenomena” (perhaps because he hung them all) was all to be expected. The really sick part was the uproarious applause of the morally ill in the audience. Columbia is a complete and utter failure.
John Bolton spoke after the evil midget made his speech and was dead to rights when he said of Ahmadinejad, “he got exactly what he wanted.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday questioned why Iran doesn’t have the right to have a nuclear program but the United States does and repeated his inference that the Holocaust is a myth in animated remarks before students and faculty at Columbia University.
“How come you have that right and we don’t have it?” he challenged, referring to the development of nuclear weapons capabilities.
During his third visit to New York in three years, Ahmadinejad opened his remarks with an objection to a scolding by Columbia University’s president.
After sitting through the blistering introduction by Lee Bollinger — in which he was lambasted for calling for the annihilation of Israel, denying the Holocaust and supporting the execution of children — Ahmadinejad said it was insulting to be spoken about that way.
“At the outset, I want to complain a bit about the person who read this political statement made against me,” Ahmadinejad said. “In Iran, we don’t think it’s necessary to come in before the speech has already begun with a series of complaints … It was an insult to me and the knowledge of the persons here.”
In his scathing introduction to the much-anticipated on-campus event, Bollinger told the leader of Iran that he exhibits “all the signs of a brutal dictator.”
Bollinger levied repeated criticisms against Ahmadinejad, calling on him to answer a series of challenges about his leadership, blasting his views about the “myth” of the Holocaust “absurd” and saying that he doubted he “will have the intellectual courage to answer these questions.”
“Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator,” Bollinger said, to loud applause.
He said Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust might fool the illiterate and ignorant.
“When you come to a place like this it makes you simply ridiculous,” Bollinger said. “The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history.”
Ahmadinejad rose, also to applause, and after a religious invocation, said Bollinger’s opening was full of “insults and claims that were incorrect, regretfully.”
Ahmadinejad accused Bollinger of offering “unfriendly treatment” under the influence of the U.S. press and politicians.
He did not address Bollinger’s accusations directly, instead launching into a long religious discursion laced with quotes with the Quran before turning to criticism of the Bush administration and past American governments, from warrantless wiretapping to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Bollinger was strongly criticized for inviting Ahmadinejad to Columbia, and 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.
“You are either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated,” Bollinger told Ahmadinejad about the leader’s Holocaust denial. “Will you cease this outrage?”
Ahmadinejad said he simply wanted more research on the Holocaust, which he said was abused as a justification for Israeli mistreatment of the Palestinians.
“Why is it that the Palestinian people are paying the price for an event they had nothing to do with?” Ahmadinejad asked. He closed his prepared remarks with a terse smile, to applause and boos, before taking questions from the audience.
President Bush said Ahmadinejad’s appearance spoke to the “greatness” of the United States of America.
“He’s the head of a state sponsor of terror, and yet, an institution in our country gives him the chance to express his point of view, which really speaks to the freedoms of the country,” Bush told FOX News on Monday. “I’m not so sure I’d offer the same invitation, but nevertheless, it speaks volumes about the greatness, really, of America. We’re confident enough to let a person express his views. I just really hope he tells everybody the truth.”
Bush said that while he’s “not sure” he would have offered the Iranian leader a platform from which to outline his agenda, he thinks it’s OK that Columbia University did invite Ahmadinejad to speak.
“This is a place of high learning and if the president (of Columbia) thinks it’s a good idea to have the leader from Iran come and talk to the students as an educational experience, I guess it’s OK with me,” Bush told FOX News in an interview. “The problem is Ahmadinejad uses these platforms to advance his agenda, which I suspect in this case … He doesn’t want America to know his true intentions.”
Before his Columbia appearance Monday, the Iranian leader opened his U.S. speaking tour by inferring the Holocaust was a myth, taking a swipe at Israel — it’s “a regime based… on racism” — and defending his request to visit Ground Zero.
The Iranian leader, speaking via video from New York City to journalists at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., tossed aside a question about Israel by saying Iran doesn’t recognize the “regime,” accusing it of killing people and committing various other atrocities.
It was typical of many of Ahmadinejad’s responses, which often started with laughing challenges to journalists in which he said, “That’s not right,” or asked, “Where are you getting that?”
On the Holocaust — which the Iranian leader has called a “myth” — he said that “if the Holocaust is a reality, why don’t we let more research be done on it? … Where did the Holocaust happen to begin with? It happened in Europe, and given that, why is it that the Palestinian people should be displaced? Why should they give up their land?”
He also said that he wanted to “pay my respects” at Ground Zero — the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York City, where the World Trade Center once stood — since his visit here last year. But, he claimed, the U.S. government and other politicians prevented that from happening.
“I was interested in expressing my sympathy to victims of tragedy,” he said. “It’s the responsibility of everyone to understand the root causes of 9/11.”
At the Press Club, the Iranian president delivered some remarks through an interpreter, and then answered questions from the moderator. A similar format was used at the Columbia event.
Ahmadinejad said the world needs to build a better future “based on peace and security of all humanity,” and he spoke of a world full of love, kindness, beauty and allegiance to God as the ultimate goal.
“No one should prevent love and kindness from flourishing in mankind and turn it into hostility,” the Iranian president said. “Family is the center of love and beauty.”
He said people should follow God, who would lead them to a “sublime” state.
“When we take a look around us, we are not happy with what we see,” Ahmadinejad said. “Threats of war have affected everyone. Continuous wars have in fact hurt the human spirit. If we look at the root cause of some of these problems, we will be able to think about how to build a better future, a more prosperous future based on peace and security of all humanity.”
Ahmadinejad spoke of the importance of the press, in spite of the fact that Iran’s media is state-run and criticized as tightly controlled by the government.
“The press plays a connecting role. It provides information and can serve as a channel for promoting current thinking,” he said. “The role of the press is to disseminate moral behavior … The press can be the voices of the divine prophets.”
The Press Club moderator asked the Iranian leader about Iranian weapons and involvement in Iraq, about his views on whether religions other than Islam have a place in the world and on his country’s treatment of women and approach to the freedom of the press.
The Iranian president repeatedly asked where the moderator got his information and challenged the truth of his statements.
And when asked whether Iran was sending weapons into Iraq to fight against American troops, Ahmadinejad replied that “Iraq security means our security.” When pressed, he denied that Iran was engaging in that kind of activity.
When asked whether he wanted to go to war, he said he did not.
“Why is there a need for war?” Ahmadinejad said. “Why should they threaten another country? Why should they create more insecurity? I think officials who talk this kind of talk should really be pressured and warn to know what to say and when not to say something.”
Ahmadinejad said that the religions of “Christ and Moses” as well as Islam are “all brothers. They all want the same thing.”
He defended Iranian women as among the most free in the world, and said they were involved in all walks of life in Iran.
The Iranian president started his speech at the National Press Club by reciting some verses from the Koran. No one on the panel or seated in the audience applauded or reacted in any way when he was introduced.
Amid angry demonstrations on the Ivy League campus and at the United Nations, Ahmadinejad delivered a speech and conducted a question-and-answer session at Columbia, followed by a scheduled address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.
Ahmadinejad said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press that Iran would not launch an attack on Israel or any other nation, and he does not believe the U.S. is preparing for war against Iran.
“Iran will not attack any country,” Ahmadinejad told the AP. Iran has always maintained a defensive policy, not an offensive one, he said, and has “never sought to expand its territory.”
Asked whether he believed the U.S. is preparing for war, he responded: “That is not how I see it … I believe that some of the talk in this regard arises first of all from anger. Secondly, it serves the electoral purposes domestically in this country. Third, it serves as a cover for policy failures over Iraq.”
In a 30-minute interview at a hotel near the United Nations, Ahmadinejad struck a soothing tone. He said Iranian foreign policy was based on humanitarian concerns and seeking justice.
He reiterated his call for a debate at the United Nations on world issues with President Bush.
Referring to fears of a military campaign against Iran, he said: “We don’t think you can compensate for one mistake by committing more mistakes.”
The Columbia event has spurred an emotional debate about free speech.
Over the weekend, the university said it would welcome any notable figure visiting the United States — even Adolf Hitler — to speak to students and faculty at the Ivy League college.
But there are those who have questioned the New York college’s standards. They ask why a school that will not allow an ROTC program to be part of its curriculum would allow Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, one of America’s avowed enemies, onto its campus.
Critics wonder why the leader of a nation that exports terrorism is allowed to speak, but the leader of an American organization that seeks to secure U.S. borders was not.
“It’s extremely important to know who the leaders are of countries that are your adversaries,” Bollinger told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “To watch them to see how they think, to see how they reason or do not reason. To see whether they’re fanatical or to see whether they are sly.”
The Iranian president addressed students and faculty at a forum only days after Columbia retracted a speaking invitation to the president of the Minuteman Project, a controversial citizens’ group that seeks to secure America’s borders from illegal immigrants, even going so far as to try building a fence along the border with Mexico.
Minuteman founder and president Jim Gilchrist said he feels “sweet and sour” toward Columbia after an invitation to participate in an Oct. 4 talk was taken away last week. Gilchrist appeared at Columbia last year, but his speech was thwarted when students and other opponents stormed the stage as he took the podium.
“I’ve always respected Columbia, but I’ve relegated it to a gutter school after that incident,” Gilchrist said in a phone interview. “They’ve stopped free speech. That’s worse than killing people. With that, you can kill an entire nation.”
But Gilchrist — an ardent supporter of the First Amendment — actually backs the university’s decision to host Ahmadinejad.
“I’m defending his appearance,” he said. “I think he should speak. To say no, he cannot speak, is to support exactly the same thing that happened to me.”
He believes Columbia’s administrators are good about fostering free speech but give too much power to “radical” groups in determining who gets a forum on campus.
Student and faculty group the Columbia Political Union initially voted to ask Gilchrist back this year, but it was ultimately the organization that reversed the vote and rescinded his invitation. The CPU apparently was not a key factor in the Ahmadinejad visit, which is sponsored by Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and is part of the university’s annual World Leaders Forum.
Several Columbia students — even some who planned to rally against Ahmadinejad — said they supported the Iranian president’s appearance.
“He’s a leader of a large nation and what he says is important, even if it’s wrong,” said Dmitry Zakharov, 25, a Columbia University graduate student.
University officials did not return calls from FOXNews.com seeking comment on the school’s public-speaking policies and decisions.
But John Coatsworth, the dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, said in a weekend interview with FOX News that just about anyone would be welcome to speak at the university — except the leaders of countries with which the United States is at war.
As for Hitler, he said, prior to the invasion of Poland in 1939, “if Hitler were in the United States and wanted a platform from which to speak, he would have plenty of platforms to speak in the United States. If he were willing to engage in a debate and discussion, and be challenged by Columbia students and faculty, we would certainly invite him.”
“Columbia, as a community dedicated to learning and scholarship, is committed to confronting ideas,” Bollinger said in a statement issued last week. “On occasion this will bring us into contact with beliefs many, most or even all of us will find offensive and even odious. …
“It should never be thought that merely to listen to ideas we deplore in any way implies our endorsement of those ideas, or the weakness of our resolve to resist those ideas or our naiveté about the very dangers in such ideas.”
Bollinger said that the “faith in freedom” is “our nation’s most potent weapon against repressive regimes everywhere in the world. This is America at its best.”
Click here to read the entire Columbia statement about the Iranian president event.
Tensions are high between Washington and Tehran over U.S. accusations that Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons, as well as helping Shiite militias in Iraq that target U.S. troops — claims Iran denies.
“Well, you have to appreciate we don’t need a nuclear bomb. We don’t need that. What need do we have for a bomb?” Ahmadinejad said in a “60 Minutes” interview aired Sunday, taped earlier in Iran. “In political relations right now, the nuclear bomb is of no use. If it was useful it would have prevented the downfall of the Soviet Union.”
He also said: “It’s wrong to think that Iran and the U.S. are walking toward war. Who says so? Why should we go to war? There is no war in the offing.”
Before leaving Iran, Ahmadinejad said the American people have been denied “correct information,” and his visit will give them a chance to hear a different voice, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Ahmadinejad has appealed to the American people before, distinguishing between the population and their government. Recently, he told a television show that Iran wants peace and friendship with America. Since coming to power in 2005, Ahmadinejad also has sent letters to the American people criticizing President Bush’s policies in the Middle East.
Washington has said it is addressing the Iran situation diplomatically, rather than militarily, but U.S. officials also say that all options are open. The commander of the U.S. military forces in the Middle East said he did not believe tensions would lead to war.
Ahmadinejad’s scheduled address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday was to be his third time attending the New York meeting in three years.
But his request to lay a wreath at ground zero was denied by city officials and condemned by politicians who said a visit to the site of the 2001 terror attacks would violate sacred ground.
Police cited construction and security concerns in denying Ahmadinejad’s request. Ahmadinejad told “60 Minutes” he would not press the issue but expressed disbelief that the visit would offend Americans.
Columbia canceled a planned visit by the Iranian president last year, also citing security and logistical reasons.
Michelle Malkin’s Mahmoudapalooza: The madman comes calling:
This is probably one of the most powerful signs I snapped photos of today…
Absolute moral authority.
Meantime, no sign of the Iranian nutjob here at Ground Zero. It’s possible he squeezed in his visit this morning when the protesters were cleared up. If so, though, why would he sit on the disgusting propaganda photos?
Outside Columbia University at the Stand with Us/Hasbarah protest, approx. 1:00pm Eastern.
Update 5:45pm Eastern. Judith at Kesher Talk has photos of the protesters and 9/11 family members who gathered at Ground Zero this morning before being hustled out by the Port Authority.
Gerard Van der Leun has a round-up of reax to Bollinger’s rope-a-dope.
Update: 4:35pm Eastern. We’ve headed over to Ground Zero, where some of the Columbia University protesters have gathered in case the Iranian nutjob decides to sneak his cursed wreath onto the memorial site.
After the Columbia University speech let out, dozens of protesters stood at the front gates of Columbia chanting “Shame on Columbia!” The anti-Mahmoud coalition took on a few clueless ANSWER protesters clad in orange and Bush Derangement Syndrome bumper stickers. I interviewed Iranian-American dissident Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi of the Secular Muslim Summit, who was livid after confronting the moral equivalence and historical ignorance of the moonbats holding anti-Bush signs. The Jewish groups and Iranian critics of the mullahcracy were joined by many NYC-area bloggers and Gathering of Eagles members as well.
Dan Riehl sheds light on the significance of Mahmoud’s science and technology spiel:
Anyone listening closely should have been able to comprehend that Ahmadinejad’s discussion of science and technology was about the search for truth and it was based upon the notion that to discern truth one must be free of ideology and bias due to a pure understanding of Islam via The Koran. That was why he preceded all that science and technology stuff with the little intro on divine wisdom. And the particular truth he was riffing around had to do with the Holocaust.
It’s precisely that point, which the Left and apparently some on the Right miss that makes Iran and Ahmadinejad so dangerous.
Don’t let the warm embrace of some of the Columbia University students fool you. We saw plenty of disgusted Columbia alumni and families who were not impressed.
Update 2:15pm Eastern. Watching the speech on a TV at a deli. So, Columbia is getting an earful about Allah and Islam. Lots of finger-waving…and now he’s accusing the West of forcing other cultures into “submission.” Classic projection. He’s complaining about nuclear intimidation. Seriously. He attacks the West for “denying the scientific progress of others.”
One CNN commentator is calling Columbia president Lee Bollinger’s introduction a “humiliating dress-down.” Bollinger chided Mahmoud for his “preposterous, belligerent statements.” Raves for Bollinger here. I’m withholding judgement. If you caught it and you agree, chime in.
Update 1:35pm Eastern. Inside the gates, Ahmadinejad has begun the “dialogue.” Video. There are several hundred counterprotesters outside the Columbia gates, mostly Jewish organizations and some brave Persian dissidents. I’ve talked to rabbis, young families, students, alumni. Most are livid that Columbia has penned them off campus. There are busloads of kids here, but many older folks are disappointed that the turnout isn’t higher. This may be because lots of people turned out for the anti-Mahmoud rally at the U.N. Organizers expect many of them to head over here. Lots of helicopters overhead.
We’re going to try to do a livestream from the protest. Meantime, a few more photos:
This mother and daughter drove from Morris County, NJ:
Here’s the Iranian nutjob’s National Press Club appearance.
Update 11:46am Eastern. Allah passes word via PJM that Ground Zero was cleared of anti-Mahmoud protesters this morning.
Meantime, we’re stationed at Columbia at the front gates on 116th and Broadway. I just interviewed CU undergrad Jacob Kriegel, president of the student Jewish organization LionPAC. There’s a sizable crowd gathering. Many Persian students raising their voices in opposition to Ahmadinejad’s presence. We’ll have video.
Here are a few pics of the scene on Broadway, which is lined with media:
Update 9:50am Eastern. Was there a quid pro quo? CNSNews’s Susan Jones raises the question in a story about the recent release of an Iranian Columbia alum (hat tip – reader Jeff):
The president of Columbia University is expressing relief that a Columbia alumnus was released from an Iranian prison — just days before the Iranian president is scheduled to speak at Columbia University.
Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh, who works for George Soros’s Open Society Institute, was one of several Iranian-Americans detained by Iran for allegedly conspiring against Iran’s national security.
Tajbakhsh was freed on bail last Thursday. Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad is speaking at Columbia on Monday, and the invitation for him to appear on campus has drawn widespread condemnation from politicians and ordinary Americans, who view Amadinejad as an enemy of the United States and Israel.
Here’s more from the student publication, the Columbia Spectator.
As they say: Question the timing.
Update 9:30am Eastern. Spoof time–a reader sends along the webpage of the new Columbia University School of Terrorism.
Fake, but accurate.
Not a spoof: Left-wing lesbian crushing on Mahmoud.
Another small sign of sanity at Columbia: The law school dean, David Schizer, speaks:
This event raises deep and complicated issues about how best to express our commitment to intellectual freedom, and to our free way of life. Although we believe in free and open debate at Columbia and should never suppress points of view, we are also committed to academic standards. A high-quality academic discussion depends on intellectual honesty but, unfortunately, Mr. Ahmadinejad has proven himself, time and again, to be uninterested in whether his words are true. Therefore, my personal opinion is that he should not be invited to speak. Mr. Ahmadinejad is a reprehensible and dangerous figure who presides over a repressive regime, is responsible for the death of American soldiers, denies the Holocaust, and calls for the destruction of Israel. It would be deeply regrettable if some misread this invitation as lending prestige or legitimacy to his views.
But Hugh Hewitt is right:
While the dean’s candor on what Ahmadinejad represents is welcome, the idea that “prestige or legitimacy” is not inherent in the invitation is just absurd. It is the “World Leaders Forum” at one of the world’s great universities –of course Columbia is not merely “lending” the fanatic “prestige” and “legitimacy,” it is wholesaling both to him and all he represents.
For as long as we recall that Iran has been killing American soldiers and Marines, we will also recall that when Ahmadinejad came to the United States, it was Columbia that welcomed him and gave him a stage, a microphone, a vast audience and all the “prestige” and “legitimacy” Columbia can confer.
A reminder again about the protests taking place today in NYC and D.C. against Iranian madman Mahmoud Ahmadenihad, via The Israel Project. I’ll be in NYC today for his “Manhattan Moment.” How about you:
MONDAY, SEPT. 24:
What: Ahmadinejad to speak at luncheon at National Press Club by videolink
When: 12 p.m.
Where: Washington, DC: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW
MONDAY, SEPT. 24:
What: Rally led by Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Community Relations in cooperation with United Jewish Communities, UJA-Federation of New York and Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Speakers include Debra Burlingame, sister of Charles F. “Chic” Burlingame, III, (Capt., USNR, Ret.), pilot of American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11.
When: 12 p.m. (rain or shine)
Where: NYC: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 2nd Ave. at 47th St.(across the street from the UN)
MONDAY, SEPT. 24:
What: Rally by students from Columbia and other universities incuding Rutgers, Brooklyn College and Queens College, area high school students and dozens of Jewish organizations
When: 1-3 p.m.
Where: NYC: Outside Columbia University at W. 116th St. and Broadway
Keep checking back for updates.
American former hostage Barry Rosen, held captive in Iran for 444 days with more than 50 other innocent citizens, delivers his message to Mahmoud in the NYPost today:
Ahmadinejad was one of those outrageous Iranians who took me and more than 50 other Americans hostage for 444 days, violating international law and making us suffer indescribable moments of terror.
There is simply no reason to give him a platform to spew his venom.
No matter how hard-hitting Columbia’s president questions Ahmadinejad, the Iranian leader is a winner.
Every word he utters is meant for his radical constituents at home and legitimizes his standing among other dictators like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.
It’s only when Ahmadinejad permits his own people to march and speak freely, that I believe Columbia President Lee Bollinger would be justified in giving the Iranian president an open forum.
Not before then.
Clint Taylor looks at Columbia and is reminded of Yale’s embrace of the Taliban.
Michael Rubin nails academia’s selective defense of free speech:
The issue we see with Columbia is deeper than freedom of speech but rather the inconsistency with which university faculties choose to support it. If men like Richard Bulliet and Lee Bollinger, and women like Lisa Marie Anderson cared about freedom of speech, they might want to enable those who don’t have it, rather than celebrate the men who have taken it away.
Exactly. It has been nauseating listening all weekend to the same, speech-squelching student mobsters who shut down secure-borders proponent Jim Gilchrist now preaching about allowing “dissenting voices” to be heard.
There is one, rare voice of sanity and adulthood at Columbia. Power Line reprints a statement from Columbia U’s business school dean, Glenn Hubbard. His bottom line:
Some would argue that a University should be a place of intellectual freedom and open debate, but others including me argue that Mr. Ahmadinejad, who is responsible for the death of American soldiers, denies the Holocaust, and calls for the destruction of Israel, has proven himself incapable of engaging in a true and honest academic discussion.
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