Posted by: Tony Carson | 24 September, 2007

The pro and con of Ahmadinejad’s speaking

Many in the home of free speech want to deny Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the privilege to talk today at Columbia University.

Why? What are they afraid of? If the President continues with his bizarre utterances, fine, he will confirm the general perception that he is a whacko. If, on the other hand, he gives a thoughtful talk on the Iranian view of the world and how it conflicts with the American view, well, then, he will have provided a useful service, more grist for the intellectual mill.

Whatever he says, it will not be boring.

A confident country doesn’t turning off microphones.

USA Today has a pro/con view here:

Our view on Ahmadinejad in New York: Let Iranian president speak — to showcase U.S. values

Opposing view: A perversion of free speech

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