Video: Nice job legitimizing a nut, Columbia, says Bolton

posted at 5:33 pm on September 24, 2007 by Allahpundit

He makes the point that Ahmadinejad would never allow an American critic of the regime to propagandize at an Iranian university. True as a general rule but as a one-time gesture to make a show of his own alleged enlightenment, I wonder. Remember, Ahmadinejad’s shtick is that he’s more “western” than the west. That was how their Holocaust revisionism conference was sold — as a celebration of free inquiry. Regardless, whether it’s their apologists coming here or our critics going there, any acknowledgment of the mullahcracy’s legitimacy is cringe-making. Bollinger can lay it on all he likes, but like Bolton says, at the end of the day Mahdi got his photo op. Even if the university emblems were conspicuously blacked out.

Bryan and the boss are at Ground Zero, just in case any unexpected visitors drop by. A few protesters are already waiting. Meanwhile, Bollinger sent around an e-mail after the event reiterating that “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 real dangers inherent in such ideas.” Exit question: When do they host an event for the Klan, then?

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I see Michelle’s last update was about an hour ago…was there any more news about Ground Zero being cleared of protesters? Sometimes, we know less here than the rest of the country…

Too bad Bolton couldn’t be there…drilling A-jad…

JetBoy on September 24, 2007 at 5:45 PM

It’s easy to see why he wasn’t the right stuff for the UN. The guy is all over the map. Never makes any sense…

JWS on September 24, 2007 at 5:46 PM

You thought I was a joke and so you laughed, you laughed when I said that your not believing me about the holocaust or my peaceful nuclear project would make me flip my lid.. RIGHT???
I know you laughed, I heard you laugh, you laughed you laughed and laughed and then you booed, but now you know I’m utterly mad… And..

They’re coming to take me away, ha-haaa,
They’re coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa.
To the happy home. With trees and flowers and chirping birds and basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes and they’re coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!!
Napoleon Mahmoud XIV XII

MB4 on September 24, 2007 at 5:48 PM

I posted this in a different thread earlier:

This isn’t a free speech issue. This isn’t about whether he has a right. This is about whether is it right or wrong. You do not give this lunatic a platform to speak while United States soldiers are dying at the hands of his regime.,2933,297777,00.html

He is an enemy of the state. When you give him this debating platform, you are legitimizing his opinions and perspective. He does not deserve a debate at the hands of an American University. He is a Jew-hating fascist that wants to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth and spread Neo-Islamic fascism principles. He represents all that is wrong and evil in this world and Columbia University is giving him his platform to spew his propaganda. We are at war and Columbia University should be ashamed. They should have any federal funds pulled immediately. This is the same University that doesn’t let ROTC on campus but lets a leader of a terrorist state spew his propaganda.

Absolutely appalling!

msipes on September 24, 2007 at 5:48 PM

Did anyone see Pat Buchanan on Hardball? He sounds like he’s about to sign up as political-consultant/general-buttboy for Ahmadinejad.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on September 24, 2007 at 5:51 PM

Shouldn’t rapists get this venue to promote their world view, too?

We don’t have to agree with them to provide them with a place to air their rapists’ perspective, right?

Mahmoud is worse than any mere rapist.

Because he uses the state to attack, pin down, rape -and then murder- his victims.

Bollinger is a scholastic tapdancer of little apparent skill who only looks more ridiculous the longer he keeps up this “toleration shuffle”.

You do not argue with a terrorist thug, you get him in a headlock and jail him.

If I were Mahmoud, I would ramp up the centifuges tonight.

Encouraged by the weakness and stupidity shown by such Americans.

Hitler asked: “Who remembers the Armenian Slaughter?”

Mahmoud will ask: “What American really remembers 9/11?”

He will have to learn the same hard way that enough of us do.

And we will all have to suffer more because of the idiots -like those at Columbia, and in our Congress- who do not unite against an enemy who has declared it intolerant and tyrannical intentions openly.

But who instead seek immediate power for themselves over the survival of their nation.

profitsbeard on September 24, 2007 at 5:57 PM

It’s easy to see why he wasn’t the right stuff for the UN. The guy is all over the map. Never makes any sense…

JWS on September 24, 2007 at 5:46 PM

Are you talking about Bolton?

rightside on September 24, 2007 at 6:05 PM

I think Bollinger did a good enough job schooling Ahmanutjob to justify giving him a few minutes to speak. I was also a good education for the students for the proper way to speak to mass murderer. Too bad that wasn’t the journalism school, because those are the morons that need to be taught how to ask questions.

Hopefully it will give at least one moonbat pause as to why their dogma is so similar to a guy who denies the existence of Iranian gays.

pedestrian on September 24, 2007 at 6:12 PM

Exit answer: To not do so would be hypocritical. And we can’t have that now, can we.



locomotivebreath1901 on September 24, 2007 at 6:18 PM

I know some of you caught Ahmagenocide’s opening prayer…
“Oh, God, hasten the arrival of Imam al-Mahdi and grant him good health and victory and make us his followers and those to attest to his rightfulness”….why?….it’s not yet clear, but it’s important to note that in 2005, Ahmadinejad was telling colleagues that the end of the world was just two or three years away, …
Read the rest of the story

abinitioadinfinitum on September 24, 2007 at 6:26 PM

Analogy — Mark Steyn writes in America Alone (again; I know) about his disgust for the military’s practice of wearing white gloves to handle Korans at Gitmo. He says it’s one thing for Muslim nutjobs to think of non-Muslims as “unclean”, but another thing altogether for us to agree with them and wear the gloves.

We’re not unclean. We’re just as clean, and probably much cleaner, than these filthy animals. I piss on their Koran. And I piss on Columbia and their invitation to this midget terrorist POS.

Jaibones on September 24, 2007 at 6:33 PM

Right on Bolton.

And I am not buying everyone all impressed with Bolllinger – speaking truth to power nonsense. Bollinger looks like an idiot.

True as a general rule but as a one-time gesture to make a show of his own alleged enlightenment, I wonder.

Riiight – complete with staged mandatory protests of the evil Bush.

Topsecretk9 on September 24, 2007 at 6:55 PM

Exit question: When do they host an event for the Klan, then?

Right before they let ROTC back on campus.

Iblis on September 24, 2007 at 7:10 PM

Hitler 1930…not killing Americans
Aloonyboonyjob TODAY….killing Americans in Iraq

Some much for his vaunted education. He can’t even get a comparison correct. Bolinger is a typical liberal moron.

csdeven on September 24, 2007 at 7:36 PM

lets not give columbia too much credit…they didn’t “legitimize” anyone on a geopolitical level. they did so on a sleepy academic level, a level best left ignored and left to its own devices.

to go on TV and cry about it is a waste of energy

ernesto on September 24, 2007 at 7:45 PM

Bollinger ripping dinerjacket at Columbia is nothing more then a way for this ass to make himself look like a big man.
If he wanted to send a message to President goat hearder a nice “Hell No your not welcome here!” would have shown a lot more then his little song and dance on the world stage.

Mojack420 on September 24, 2007 at 7:47 PM

On the other side of the coin (the side that is obviously damaged) Juan Cole says we “neo-cons” are just demonizing Ahmadinejad to start another war:

Rightwingsparkle on September 24, 2007 at 8:06 PM

The West is losing big time. I’m not worried that we will lose in the end. I don’t think that will happen. It just seems to me that for every capitulation, every weak moment and sheepish gesture you can add another 100,000 lives to World War III.

aengus on September 24, 2007 at 8:36 PM

Exit question: When do they host an event for the Klan, then?

They won’t, because the Klan (fortunately) is not a big enough deal anymore. Ahmadinejad, on the other hand, is. I’m a big fan of Bolton, and no real fan of Bollinger, but I think Bolton’s wrong here. Having a liberal University president as well known and highly regarded (in many circles)as Bollinger is call Ahmadinejad, among other things, vicious, uneducated, and a coward, in public, is an excellent thing. Bolton’s point of view is that of a diplomat, and he’s worried about legitimizing Ahmadinejad for the global audience. I think the more important audience here is domestic liberals, who are uncomfortable with the Bush administration, and with any tough talk concerning Iran. To hear that kind of speech from one of their own leading intellectual lights may help to legitimize a tough stance against Iran among such individuals. It’s a shame Ahmadinejad had to be here for such a speech to be made, but the result is something we should cheer, not disparage.

Big S on September 24, 2007 at 8:44 PM

As I said in another thread – Ahmedenijad was “counting coup”. As soon as he showed up he won in the minds of his main audience, the Middle East.

deepdiver on September 24, 2007 at 9:09 PM

Absolutely no one to blame ‘cept The Administration. I seem to remember some queer Palastinian leader… Arafat I believe, being denied entry.

Griz on September 24, 2007 at 9:27 PM

rightside on September 24, 2007 at 6:05 PM


JWS on September 24, 2007 at 10:09 PM

John Bolton is one of the most sane,clear thinking
Americans in the know of what really is taking place
on this planet.
Thanks to liberals they screwed him out of his UN position.
John Bolton is who we need in the (useless UN),he would
have been the right man,for the present time were in.

Imwearingdinnerjacketnut when he speaks at the UN,I see
something familiar.
When he speaks,just imagine its on the eve of World War 2,
and the speaker is Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura,
as the Japaneses Nomura,as it is with the leader of Iran
smiles and is so polite,hes telling the world we have no intentions whatsoever,we just want peace,and at about the same time the planes from the rising sun are on the way to Pearl.I,m not saying Iran is on the verge of an attack,we know Iran has been on a war footing since the Hostage Crisis.

Remember Achmednutis not a nut,according to Pelly,hes Wily,
and as we all know Wily means your dangerous as H!ll.

canopfor on September 24, 2007 at 10:13 PM

The Columbia appearance is being characterized as a ‘free speech’ issue. How disgusting that so many on the right would let such a characterization pass unchallenged. How obtuse are we!

The issue is neither the content of his speech, nor his right to say any damn thing he wants to. The issue is whether he should be given the privilege of using the university’s platform to say it.

petefrt on September 24, 2007 at 10:18 PM

I’m quite suddenly not sure that giving Ahmadinejad a pass to run around in the U.S. is a bad idea. Letting him go on a lecture circuit and feel recognized may be part of strategy of trying to co-opt him. I have no attachment to Ahmadinejad; I’d be happy to learn he were dead. Nevertheless, co-opting an enemy’s leaders is one of the modes of warfare; nor ought one be too proud to win a war worth waging.

Kralizec on September 24, 2007 at 10:29 PM

Kralizec on September 24, 2007 at 10:29 PM

Unfortunately, HIS strategy is take the BS session, edit it to make him look like a hero who stumpted the pathetic Americans, and broadcast it proudly. It’s called propaganda…

JWS on September 24, 2007 at 10:44 PM


JWS on September 24, 2007 at 10:09 PM

Phew. You had me for a second there…

Jaibones on September 24, 2007 at 11:26 PM

President Bush and Lee Bollinger and every other clueless, postmodern-indoctrinated moron (and sadly, here, even Bolton) has it wrong! America’s greatness lies not in its audience for the purveyors of the most evil, irrational, barbaric poison, but its reverence for the men of the mind, who would lift us out of the mud, erect buildings to reach the sky, proclaim the sanctity of the individual, and celebrate the power of man’s reasoning mind to understand and master the world he lives in, and the noble, life-affirming goal of committing oneself to living rationally, productively, happily.

Lazarus on September 25, 2007 at 3:22 AM

We should have just provided Mr. Ahm-a-doin-a-jihad with a $100 million$ Public Relations budget. Oh… that’s right… WE DID. Maybe after we loose a few million citizens and a few 100 square miles of America we’ll toughen up and fight for our right to live. Or not.

Griz on September 25, 2007 at 7:59 AM

Hey Fred. There’s your new Secretary of State. Bolton’s the man for the job.

When the Muslims finally nuke us I can only hope that we have enough sense to take out ALL of Iran and Syria. If we don’t annihilate both of those countries then this terroroism phenomenon will continue for generations. We’ll have nukes going off like popcorn if we don’t take care of business.

Once those countries are obliterated and the Muslim Messiah doesn’t come, will Muslims finally reject their religion and its leaders?

Mojave Mark on September 25, 2007 at 9:03 AM

At first, after Bollinger spoke the way he did, and Ahmedinerjad responded the way he did, and all the typical libs seemed to be jumping on the anti-ahmedinejad bandwagon, I thought allowing this great pervert to speak might have been a good thing. But after hearing Bolton, I changed my mind. These libs who now exclaim how horrible Ahmedd… is would still be the first to throw this country under the bus, they’re not the ones that count when it comes to this country’s security. I think it was a mistake to allow the stated enemy of our country and our allies a chance to take advantage of our country via our liberal loons. We should never give anyone like him such a public stage, unless it’s the occassion of his being tried and thrown in jail. Or bombed, whichever is more appropriate.

4shoes on September 25, 2007 at 9:08 AM

Exit question: When do they host an event for the Klan, then?

Allah: The question should be “When do they host an event for the U.S. Military?”

landlines on September 25, 2007 at 10:28 AM