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Ahmadinejad in New York -- Columbia U and others Smarm in the name of "Open to Ideas"

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Submitted by Sofa Sogood (United States), Sep 23, 2007 at 00:18

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Ahmadinejad is coming to the UN on Monday. Wouldn't it be a dream if there were American solidarity to show him the contempt we all feel for him.

He was responsible for the sacking of our embassy, killing several and keeping the rest of its employees hostage for over a year in intolerable conditions (an act of war in itself to anyone except Jimmy Carter). He made fools of the British by kidnapping its sailors, forcing the female to wear a hijab, and then playing Mr. Generous by letting them go. He has arrested and imprisoned Americans visiting their families in Iran. He executes homosexuals and abets honor killings and the stoning of women. He sponsors terrorism which has been responsible for the deaths of many, many Americans. He is planning an attack to "wipe Israel off the map" (another act of war). His intentions are to acquire atomic weapons and with even just the threat of their use, dominate other countries and oil production in the Middle East -- so he can destroy us economically. And he is currently, right now, killing our soldiers with his supplies of bombs and troops in Iraq. He is an implacable and dangerous enemy.

He has nothing to tell us that we don't already know, and is a consummate gamesman. There is nothing to "understand" or "negotiate" -- we will not "influence" him. We don't need to hear his "reasoning." What else will he do but put the blame on us, explain why he is an "innocent" and has nothing but the "best intentions" -- if we're stupid enough to give him an audience. Why on earth should we subject ourselves to that -- much less voluntarily ask for it?

Because we host the UN, our nation is obliged to let him onto our shores. (What awful "consequences" would there be, I wonder, if we just said "N-O!"?) Other than that, we should treat him like the despicable pariah he is. He should be limited by guards to a minimum of movement, made to feel very unwelcome, and be shunned.

Instead, this very glib and clever worm-tongued creature is going to be "honored" by an appearance at one of our "sacred" halls of knowledge -- Columbia University -- and introduced by its President, Lee Bollinger. He'll be given a chance to address (threaten and lie to) (does anyone recall how he made mince-meat out of Mike Wallace on TV a few years ago?) our countrymen by CBS on 60 Minutes, in the same manner that our media subjects us to lectures by Osama Bin Laden in our own homes. (Wouldn't it be good if Osama went through all the trouble of making and distributing a video that nobody but the CIA listened to?) There are going to be other "events" arranged for him, including a video luncheon with the National Press Club.

Instead of having to go home with his head hung low because he was ignored and treated with disdain by Americans -- without photos and videos because each and every one was spoiled by placards and protesters denouncing him -- and no American "posed" smiling while shaking his hand ...

How nice for him. He will be able to use all this red-carpet treatment to the utmost for propaganda at home. He can show his people how powerful and important he is, and how the cowed and fearful Americans kissed his behind -- humbled themselves to him -- waited with bated breath for his every word -- because of his threats. It will bring him votes. He is up for re-election in 2009 -- no doubt the prestige acquired during this visit will boost his popularity. The "best" moments will be up on You Tube for all to see over and over again. For his countrymen, his Hizballah, his Hamas and himself, the prestige will vindicate his outrageous and villainous behavior.

(Does President Lee Bollinger realize that (no matter what happens in the future -- could be America or Iran is bombed, etc.) -- his most unctious behavior and most humiliating moments will very likely be posted all over You Tube forever and ever -- used by terrorists to bolster their egos -- and despised by the rest of us.)

There's something so very rotten infecting our society that inhibits a basic sense of dignity, self-respect and self-preservation which ought to prevent our "people" -- leaders of our society -- from such shameful, obsequious displays -- totally self-abusing our own "openness" to humiliate -- ourselves.

How, I wonder, do nations that look up to the US as a leader view this absurd aberration of the idea of "fairness?" If they are in any way dependent on us, it will make them feel weak in the knees, and encourage them to look elsewhere for guidance and inspiration.

Has our "Crash Course on Islam" taught us anything? I've got a sinking feeling in my stomach.

How could we behave this way? How could we?


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