Monday, September 24, 2007
Dancing with the Devil
There is a lot of criticism being heaped upon Columbia University for inviting Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad to speak on campus. University Dean John Coatsworth has defended the invitation by remarking he’d have invited Adolph Hitler to speak, where at least the architect of The Holocaust would’ve been put up for rational scrutiny.
Hitler’s position on world affairs of the time have been pretty soundly scrutinized. Neville Chamberlain’s hollow “peace in our time” statement is now an epitaph for the failures of diplomacy and reasoned discourse with unreasonable men.
How ironic that Dean Coatsworth would mention Hitler and Ahmadinejad in the same breath; The Iranian President denies The Holocaust ever took place. Depending upon how the next few days go in New York City, Ahmadinejad may deny this visit ever took place, as well.