Monday, September 24, 2007

Ahmadinejad gets deservedly frosty reception...

Fred Thompson had this to say regarding Iranian President Imademongod, or whatever his name is:

"Columbia University gave a public forum today to a tyrant to spread his lies and deceit. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a mockery of free speech by standing in front of an auditorium of academicians and students and denying the existence of the Holocaust and his deadly intentions toward Israel.

I find it ironic that Iran’s president accepted an invitation to speak at Columbia University, since students who dissent on Iranian campuses are not met with debate, they are met by a gun and imprisonment. A few months ago, eight college students were imprisoned in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for publishing articles and cartoons critical of Iran’s government in a student-run newspaper. The Evin facility has been described as Iran’s ‘most feared prison’ and is known to stone women to death. We need to do our best to empower freedom-loving people throughout Iran."

Now, its no secret that I'm a Fred Thompson fan. So, it should come as no surprise when I tell you that I agree whole-heartedly with what Mr. Thompson said. But I would like to add this:

Unless our country takes the hard line against evil dictators and petty tyrants across the board, we do not have the moral high ground. We cannot morally support one evil man but condemn the actions of another. What I am specifically thinking, here, is Kim "Awec Bawdwin" Jong Il, but of course this should apply to all of our foreign policy. If we simply avoided propping up banana republic dictators and madmen simply to make short term gains in foreign policy, we wouldn't be in the position of having to rebuild Iraq--though heaven knows most of those countries over there can use some more McDonalds--and a place to get a good pork chop.

So, extend integrity into our dealings with other countries. This is what I would like to see change. Evil bad? Then all evil is bad. Not just the inconvenient evil. Lets start with Iran, and keep rolling. It is inconceivable that we should allow governments like Venezuela, North Korea, and Iran, three countries that combined have fewer people than Nigeria to influence the world with their vileness.

I was pleased, at least that Columbia University President Mr. Lee Bollinger, atypically for academic America, was not fooled by Iwantajihad's visit, and went so far as to pull no punches during his opening remarks during the Iranian leader's visit to his university:

"We at this university have not been shy to protest and challenge the failures of our own government to live by our values, and we won't be shy about criticizing yours. Let's then be clear at the beginning: Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator."

And he went on to say, regarding Wannabeatadog's denial of the Holocaust:

"[He is] either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated"

So, I will leave you with this remark to the Iranian President: You want to utilize America's free speech Mr. Ahmadinejad, tell your story to Mr. Paveway and his buddies Mr. MOAB and Mr. Tom A. Hawk.

And you can quote me on that.

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