Lose/lose with a dictator

If the blood-drenched history of the century just past had taught American academics one thing, it should have been that the totalitarian impulse knows no accommodation with reason. You cannot change the totalitarian mind through dialogue or conversation, because totalitarianism — however ingenious the superstructure of faux ideas with which it surrounds itself — is a creature of the will and not the mind…

So begins one of the few news commentaries in the mainstream press to accurately portray the ridiculous farce that occurred at Columbia University this past week. (I was pleasantly surprised to find this in the extremely liberal LA Times.) By giving the dictator of Iran a public forum, and then trying to soften the impact by insulting him during his introduction, Columbia President Lee Bollinger lost on two counts: he gave Ahmadinejab credibility and a giant platform to spew his hateful rhetoric and Bollinger was perceived as “rude” by many in the rest of the world… even those who despise Ahmedinejad and his policies! Way to go, Bollinger and fellow clueless liberals…

See:Ahmadinejad walks away with a win

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Music director in Naples, FL
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