I see that the knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, hate-mongering neo's are swinging their sabres again. Ahmadinejad will be speaking at the United Nations and is scheduled to speak at Columbia University.
The president of Columbia University said "That such a forum could not take place on a university campus in Iran today sharpens the point of what we do here."
Well said. Letting the man speak shows which is the better society. Silencing him shows we are afraid. Some say he will be sure to utter some nonsense that will further incite our war passions. Possible, but I doubt it.
Juan Cole tried his best to straighten out the constantly quoted 'wipe Israel off the map' line but nobody listened and thus, this weekend it was nearly all you heard about Ahmadinejad. (According to Cole what Ahmadinejad had said was more akin to that the Zionist regime would collapse - as had the once formidable Soviet Union and the regime of Saddam Hussein. In addition, Ahmadinejad was quoting the Ayatollah Khomeini who originally made the statement in the early 1980's - when we were actively trading arms for hostages, recall?)
In addition, if there were fines issued for violations of 'Godwin's Law' (a warning against invoking a comparison to Hitler) then righties would need even greater tax cuts to pay for all the penalties. Is Ahmadinejad Hitler? Yes, if it means he wants to see Iran as the middle eastern super power. But he doesn't have the ability to make this fantasy reality. He has the ability to mobilize terrorists, true - so how would nuclear strikes against him solve our terrorism dilemma? It wouldn't.
Bring him here. Let him speak. As reported at Huffpo "As leading campus free speech and first amendment scholar Robert O'Neil rightly notes: "If you suppress a viewpoint by disallowing or barring a controversial speaker, you make the speaker a martyr."