Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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This was the scene at Columbia University in Manhattan on Monday.

As if a hologram of the man who is often said to be one of the most dangerous in the world was in the auditorium.

Only it wasn't a hologram. It really was Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, unshaken, despite the scathing preamble Columbia University President Lee Bollinger spoke toward him before the Middle East leader approached the podium....

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Ted Rudow III,MA

One can call Ahmadinejad many things, but a dictator he is by no means. He can't even -- he doesn't even have the power to appoint his own cabinet ministers. It's a presidency with very limited power. And to claim that he is in a position to threaten the United States or Israel is just bizarre, frankly.
And ever since, the Israelis and the pro-Israel interest in the United States have lobbied to make sure that there is no dialogue or there's no rapprochement between the United States and Iran. And the Iranians have done similar things. They have undermined every US foreign policy initiative in the Middle East that they feared would be beneficial to Israel.
U.S. isn't really against terrorists; it's just against terrorists who aren't its friends and allies! After all, if it were against terrorists, it would be against Israel, against the various Israeli governments which have thrown the Palestinians off their land and seized it.
Ted Rudow III,MA
Former Grad student

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