Monday, September 24, 2007

Ahmedi Najad speech at the University of Columbia

A few days ago I heard a lot about Ahmedi Najad visit to the US and his awaited speech at the University of Columbia. To its credit, the university has defended its decision to invite Ahmedi Najad to speak.
Last night around 9:30, I saw the speech live on TV, surprisingly the University president started by attacking his guest!! He was extremely disrespectful to the president of Iran, the following are some quotes from the opening remarks of the university president:
“Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator."
"You are either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated," Bollinger told Ahmadinejad about the leader's Holocaust denial. "Will you cease this outrage?"

I found what the president of Columbia University did was extremely disrespectful to not only the president of Iran but also to the people of Iran, whether they support him or not, he does represent the people of Iran and he is an elected president of Iran.

I thought Ahmedi Najad handled it very well, I even watched many political analyst on US TV networks giving him credits. Ahmedi Najad started by saying, in Iran we do not disrespect our guests and Ahmadinejad retorted that Bollinger's opening was "an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience here." "There were insults and claims that were incorrect, regretfully”.
On the issue of the holocaust, he asked two questions, why aren’t people allowed to approach it from a different prospective? We never stopped studying physics and math, why should we stop studying the holocaust??
His second, question was, if we take the holocaust as given, It happened in Europe, why are the Palestinians paying for it for the last 60 years?

To tell you the truth, I never thought he is that intellectually advanced, his opening remarks was very thoughtful and displayed a signs of a very knowledgeable and intellectual person. I had my reservation on the guy, I still do, but after last night I have a lot of respect for him
If you missed the speech, please try to watch it on youtube, it had a lot of sparks and was very interesting.
There is a lot of discussion of what have been said, if anyone finds an interesting article,please post the link in the comments so we all can read about it.


Anonymous said...

The guy is well educated. He has Ph.D. said...

i've been looking forward to this speech, both with dread and anticipation. Not sure what outcome it would entail, but it sounds like it went pretty well.

Butterfly said...

I love ahmed Nejad no matter what people say about him and as awkward as he look to the rest of the world. The way he responded to the criticism against him and defended his country is adorable.

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Z : ) said...

Dude he is persian…

I bet you take any body from Shiraz streets and put him there he’ll do even better. This is not a compliment but they are talkative just like Egyptians.

Anonymous said...

z, u are hilarious

syed said...

I like AHMED NAJADI the president of Iran he teech the america how to behave guest and humanity.

Anonymous said...

The bad and unjust treatment of the University President is an insult to the Americans itself. May be this U President is an educated man but no culture and civilization or refined character. At the same time look Dr. Ahmed Nejad, what an excellent answer he did, we without our knowledge began to like and love Nejad ...

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In a stunning report a British newspaper claimed to have uncovered proof that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- notorious among the international community for denying the holocaust -- was actually born a Jew.
According to The Telegraph, a high resolution photograph of Ahmadinejad holding up his Iranian identity card, taken just before the 2008 election, reveals that his family changed its name shortly after he was born, renouncing their Jewish faith and adopting Islam.
"A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver," the UK paper reported.
"The name is even on the list of reserved names for Iranian Jews compiled by Iran's Ministry of the Interior," noted Israeli publication YNet News.
At the annual Quds Day rally in Tehran last month, the Iranian president reiterated his denial of the holocaust and blasted the Israeli government.
Ali Nourizadeh, with the Center for Arab and Iranian Studies, suggested to The Telegraph that having a Jewish background "explains a lot" about one of the key ruling figures of a Muslim nation.
The United States, Britain, France and Germany have all issued statements slamming Ahmadinejad's latest outburst dismissing the killing of some six million Jews of occupied Europe by the Nazis during World War II.
“The very existence of this regime is an insult to the dignity of the people,” the hardline president said of Israel. “They (the Western powers) launched the myth of the Holocaust. They lied, they put on a show and then they support the Jews.
“The pretext for establishing the Zionist regime is a lie… a lie which relies on an unreliable claim, a mythical claim, and the occupation of Palestine has nothing to do with the Holocaust,” he added. “This claim is corrupt and the pretext is corrupt. This (the Israeli) regime’s days are numbered and it is on its way to collapse. This regime is dying.”
During a televised debate leading up to his disputed reelection, Ahmadinejad was forced to admit his name had been changed, but he did not address the issue further, The Telegraph noted.
Accusations of Ahmadinejad's Jewish history have been floating around on the Internet since Mehdi Khazali, the son of Ayatollah Khazali, called for an investigation into his family origins on a blog. Khazali was later arrested amid protests of Ahmadinejad's disputed reelection.

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