Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Holding Hands With Hitler

When I first heard that Ahmadinejad was invited to speak at Columbia University, I was dismayed. I've been around institutions of higher learning long enough to know that colleges and universities attract the fringe, the kook, the radical, and even the homicidal. The president of Iran is all of those, and more.

What, then, was the president of Columbia University? An appeaser? A revolutionary? An islamist sympathizer? Based on what he said at Ahmadinejad's appearance, he's much more clever than his critics seem to think he is. Basically, he called his guest an asshole, a dickhead, a lying scumbag, and a piece of shit, though he couched the sentiment in gentler but no less obvious language. Great. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Get it out in the open. Let everyone hear what Ahmadinejad himself say what he thinks, and respond from there.

Mind you, if Ahmadinejad has shown up on my turf, I would have used more explicit language in introducing him. Plus, I would have kicked him in the nuts, gouged his eyes out, chopped my backhand into his throat, and while he lay on the ground writhing in agony, I would pour gravy on the front of his pants and sic a hungry dog on him. Of course, I'm not in charge of a university. I also don't believe in polite and tactful behavior in the face of an enemy. That's unmanly.

In short, I admire the way that the Columbian president handled things, though I would have dealt more harshly with the situation than he did.

The hive mind at the increasingly more and more demented Pittsburgh Psychosis-Gazette sees things differently. The PG thinks that the host's behavior was "boorish", and implied that inviting Ahmadinejad was little more than a publicity stunt. Well, of course. If there is conflict between an American and someone who wants to kill Americans, naturally the journalistic hive mind favors the latter. If you have any doubts about that, consider this passage from the editorial:

Mr. Ahmadinejad at least gets credit for facing the lions. It is difficult to imagine President Bush making a comparable visit to Tehran. Mr. Bollinger on Monday did not meet the standards of a president of an important U.S. university.
That's not to the credit of Ahmadinejad. It's to the credit of the United States, and to Western Civilization. It doesn't make the Iranian president a better person; it makes America a better country.

I swear, if the PG hive mind had been operating in 1938, they would have been lining up to suck off Hitler.

1 comment:

jipzeecab said...

When I was a senior in late 1967 at a small mid western liberal arts college associated with the United Presbyterian Church we had as a guest lecturer George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party.(so)I've always taken for granted that institutions of higher learning will eventually in due course invite the most vile of persons and give them a forum.
A year after graduation we were passing through the college town and spent a few moments chatting with a frat brother of mine who was editor of the school newspaper.
He mentioned that the school chaplain had not gotten his contract renewed because he was the one who had invited Rockwell to the campus.