NEW YORK -- Its proponents, including Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger and the Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, contended that having Iranian Dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak on campus would be a big step in the direction of mutual understanding.
Instead, Bollinger and Columbia University stepped into a black hole of shame, from which there is no escape.
What has the passage of a year wrought?
Only a better understanding of just how misguided Bollinger, John H. Coatsworth (the SIPA Dean), Richard W. Bulliet (the professor who initiated the A-Jad invitation) and the entire Columbia University Board of Trustees were.
Columbia University was played to the max by Ahmadinejad, who basked in the credibility his appearance provided for his gay-bashing, women-stoning, anti-American, destroy-Israel agenda. Bollinger and Columbia University have been accessories to every action of A-Jad since September 24, 2007. And, Bollinger and Columbia University will go down in history as having been duped by one of the 21st Century's most evil leaders.
What else has time revealed about the 2007 A-Jad speech at Columbia? Like a politician who serves his or her entire career with distinction, and then is caught in a lurid scandal, Columbia’s biographers and obituary writers will forever associate the school with a man who openly calls for Holocaust II against the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
We strongly suspect that Columbia has paid a financial price, as well, for its embrace of A-Jad. We know alumni donors who’ve cut or eliminated their contributions to the school in the wake of the September 24th blasphemy. And really, there is no way to know which major domo donors who might have once considered a major gift to Columbia have reconsidered.
One year later A-Jad and his hate-filled regime are stronger and more menacing than ever. As for Bollinger, Coatsworth, Bulliet and the other vermin who disgraced themselves and their university, we see no signs that they’ve managed to redeem their tarnished reputations even an iota.
In Jewish tradition, one remembers those who have died each year on the anniversary of their deaths by saying a special Yizkor prayer and lighting a candle. This September 24th, many Columbia University alumni and friends of the school will be lighting a candle for Columbia University to commemorate the day its morality perished.
More than 2,000 people have requested Purim masks depicting Iranian Dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and others involved in his speech last September 24 on the campus of Columbia University. Bnai Haman, which plans a Purim Ball on March 20 featuring modern Purim masks, says it has received requests from as far away as India, Japan and Kazakhstan.
Las Vegas (PRWEB) March 8, 2008 -- People from as far away as the Republic of Kazakhstan have written or called Bnai Haman seeking to obtain masks for this year's Purim celebration.
The requests began pouring in on February 19, when Bnai Haman, a not-for-profit volunteer group of Columbia University alumni and concerned citizens, announced that it is planning an Ahmadinejad-themed Purim party to mark the September 24, 2007 speech by Iranian Dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on campus.
At modern Purim carnivals, it is customary for children and adults alike to dress up as characters from the biblical book of Esther. Purim commemorates the reversal of fortune for the Jews of 6th Century Persia, who were facing extermination at the hands of evil Haman, a trusted adviser to the King. Thanks to the intervention of Queen Esther and her cousin, Mordecai, the King protected the Jews and instead hung Haman on the gallows he, himself, had constructed to kill Jews.
Last month, Bnai Haman said at its 2008 Purim Ball, to be held the evening of March 20, 2008, revelers will have the opportunity to dress like the biblical Purim figures or to wear masks representing those Columbia University officials most closely involved in the Ahmadinejad speech. Like Haman of ancient times, Ahmadinejad has publicly called for Israel to be wiped off the map.
"No one was more surprised than us when the requests started arriving, because we aren't selling or giving away masks," says a spokeswoman for Bnai Haman. "Our members are making their own masks for their own personal use."
Among the most requested masks are those of Columbia University's President, Lee C. Bollinger, who introduced Ahmadinejad last September, and Richard W. Bulliet, the Columbia professor who first invited the dictator to campus. Many requests have also been received for Ahmadinejad masks.
Bnai Haman said about 80 percent of its 2,000-plus requests have come from the United States; 10 percent from Israel and the remainder from countries throughout the world, including Australia, India and Japan.
"The Ahmadinejad-Bollinger speech was broadcast around the globe and its lasting impact can't be overstated," the Bnai Haman spokeswoman said. "The fact that individuals in the former Soviet East Block want to share in our Purim festivities demonstrates that the fight against evil knows no boundaries."
Bnai Haman works to remind the world of the lessons learned by the Ahmadinejad-Bollinger speech and to forewarn other universities and academics about the price to be paid for permitting dictators, terrorists and other villains to use their institutions as a platform for promoting hate speech.
The group maintains various information websites, including www.september242007.com.
Palestinian leaders are not making life any simpler for Columbia University and its president, Lee C. Bollinger.
In recent days, both Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mashaal have likened Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip to the Nazi Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews were systematically and deliberately slaughtered.
The problem for Columbia and Bollinger, who welcome Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites to speak on campus (and to teach there whenever possible), is that the Palestinians are comparing what is going on now in the Gaza Strip to an event that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells the world never even happened.
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Las Vegas, NV (February 15, 2008) -- Bnai Haman, a group of Columbia University alumni and concerned citizens, has posted a new statement on its web sites condemning the assassination of Hizbullah’s special operations chief Imad Mughniyeh. Mughniyeh was killed by a car bomb that detonated this past week in Syria, where he was in hiding.
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“As Columbia made clear, students and faculty at democratic, free-speech schools can learn so much about the mind of terrorists by inviting them to speak on campus,” says Jed Christianson, a spokesperson for Bnai Haman. “Mughniyeh's credentials in this regard were impeccable and with his untimely death, Columbia and its community are robbed of the opportunity to hear from this influential Middle East leader.”
And so it begins.
Robert Kraft, who continued to funnel large financial contributions to Columbia University even after the University invited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to disgrace its campus, has tasted the power of the ‘Curse of Ahmadinejad.’
Standby. Kraft is just the first of many Columbia University apologists who will find their once good fortunes bankrupted.
In what many believe is the greatest Super Bowl upset ever, the New York Giants emerged victorious, trumping the previously 18-0 New England Patriots in the final seconds of the game following a truly miraculous 83-yard, 12-play drive. During that drive, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was swarmed under by Patriots defenders, only to emerge from the scrum to throw a game-saving pass to David Tyree, who caught the ball on the tips of his fingers and steadied it with his head as he fell to the ground.
Somewhere in heaven, the spirits of Mordechai and Esther are smiling broadly.
Don’t believe this relates to the Ahmadinejad speech? Don’t believe that Robert Kraft is now cursed? Be patient. In the months and years to come, you will likewise see the dreams and careers of other Columbia University perpetrators – including Lee C. Bollinger, John H. Coatsworth and Richard W. Bulliet – slip through their hands like the Super Bowl XLII trophy that Robert Kraft had oh-so-close to his grasp.
You see, Columbia University committed a crime against decency when it invited Ahmadinejad to speak on campus last September 24th. A-Jad is an avowed anti-gay, anti-women, anti-American, anti-Semite who dreams of nuking Israel and then America off the face of the planet.
The Columbia University administration, led by the deeply, deeply misguided Bollinger, invited A-Jad to speak on campus in the name of academic freedom. Bad enough.
Bnai Haman voted unanimously to confer the Roosevelt Acquiescence Award on Robert Kraft, owner and CEO of the New England Patriots since 1994. The group is actively engaged in reminding the world of the harm that follows from allowing those who preach hate and genocide – such as Iranian Dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – to use well respected democratic universities as a platform.
Bnai Haman noted that Kraft, an alumnus of Columbia University and a trustee emeritus, went ahead and announced a major donation to Columbia’s athletic program even after the infamous September 24, 2007 appearance at Columbia of Ahmadinejad.
“When we weighed all the evidence, and with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, we realize that the troika of Lee C. Bollinger, John H. Coatsworth and Richard W. Bulliet couldn’t have succeeded without the support of the Board of Trustees,” Bnai Haman said. “These 23 men and women must also be remembered for their role in the A-Jad speech,” the group said.<< MORE >>
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But Columbia's decision to host Ahmadinejad on campus was not of a piece with its previous moves. The problem with the decision was not that it exposed Bollinger and his colleagues as hypocrites. Nor was the principle issue their obvious left-wing political bias. Whether or not Ahmadinejad, who denies the Nazi Holocaust and is gunning for a new one has a right to express his views is similarly not the main issue raised by their move.
THE PROBLEM with Columbia's action, the reason that there can be no moral justification for the university's decision, is because ...<< MORE >>
The president’s irrelevant U.N. speech was a bad combo with the schoolyard name-calling of Lee Bollinger. Even some in the anti-Ahmadinejad audience gasped a bit as Columbia’s president gave the meanest introduction in the history of introductions — one that only managed to elevate the creep sitting on stage with his thugs. Once you’ve made the decision to invite a tyrannical leader, you can’t undo it by belittling him in public. Universities are supposed to be places where you can debate and hear dissenting voices; it would have been far better just to hand the mike ...<< MORE >>
But this is different. Bollinger - to the applause of some and the reluctant admiration of many - has taken advantage of the sacrifice of our men and women under arms verbally to slap Ahmadinejad around.
He forgets that the only thing holding Ahmadinejad in check is our military power (which, in turn, is deployed only by our civil authorities). His performance, however skilled, was illusory and narcissistic, both for himself and for his admiring audience, precisely because Bollinger and his cultured admirers deliberately forget that it is not human ideals that defeats human nature, ...<< MORE >>
“I was glad to hear how strongly he [Lee C. Bollinger] condemned him [A-Jad],” he added. “But I don’t think it makes up for the invitation. With someone who denies the Holocaust, who wants to destroy Israel and to turn the Western world into an Islamic caliphate, there is not room to have discussion. It is like discussing with the Ku Klux Klan whether blacks are inferior.”
Elliot Mathia, Director of Hasbara Fellowships
New York Times
"I am very much in favor of freedom of expression," Peres told reporters..., "but what happened at Columbia University was giving a platform to the greatest lies in the world. Everyone knows that Iran is building an atomic bomb and is a hotbed of world terror."
Addressing remarks by the university's president, Lee Bollinger, who called Ahmadinejad a "petty and cruel dictator" but said he would have invited Hitler to speak, Peres said that "even Chamberlain and Hitler met for diplomatic talks, and behind all those nice words was genocide and one of the worst atrocities ...<< MORE >>
All in all, it was a fiasco for America and a blunder by Bollinger, as well as a coup for Ahmadinejad. His goal was not to respond to Bollinger, the Columbia students or Americans seeing him on television. His goal was to talk over their heads to the Islamic world and its terrorists and show how he bearded the Columbia lion in its own den.
President Bollinger, as an encore, why not invite Hugo Chavez? I think he'd come. You could provide ...<< MORE >>
So there is Adolf Hitler on our imagined stage, ranting about the soon-to-be-fulfilled destiny of the Aryan race. And his audience of outstanding Columbia men are mostly appalled, as they should be. But they are also engrossed, and curious, and if it occurs to some of them that the man should be arrested on the spot they don't say it. Nor do they ask, "How will we come to terms with his world?" Instead, they wonder how to make him see "reason," as reasonable people do.
In just a few years, some of these men will ...<< MORE >>
Bollinger did this because he knows he's in trouble — that many Americans believe Bollinger himself is a villain.
That's because the president touts freedom of speech, but took weak action against the Columbia students who threatened the leader of the Minutemen. — You remember that. And Bollinger has supported the banning of ROTC on campus. Does that sound like freedom of speech to you?
Bill O'Reilly, Fox News
Talking Points Memo
``I think it is disgusting that Columbia is having this Haman, this Hitler, speak here,'' said Harv Hilowitz, referring to an ancient Persian official who ordered the killing of Jews and to Adolf Hitler, who led Germany during the mass murder of Jews during World War II.
Hilowitz, a graduate of Columbia's Teacher's College who traveled two hours from Kingston, New York, to protest outside Columbia, said, while waving an Israeli flag, that freedom of speech shouldn't be afforded to ``dictators'' like Ahmadinejad.
Janine Zacharia and Henry Goldman