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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sunlight is the best disinfectant

It was Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis who said "sunlight is the best disinfectant." The sun shone brightly on Columbia University yesterday.

A disclosure (as full as you get from someone who blogs anonymously) -- I have a journalism degree from Columbia. So I could not be prouder of that fact after Columbia "welcomed" Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- and gave him an experience he will hopefully never forget.

You recall of course that Myth Romney fulminated about the invitation, saying he should be served with an arrest warrant for genocide. This was the same Myth who objected to Mohammed Khatami from speaking at Harvard by withdrawing police protection.

(The Romney voters can be found in the Times comments section, comparing Ahmadinejad to the worst thing they can think of -- liberals).

But while Myth wanted to bring the dark ages on freedom of speech (not even Bush the Constitution Shredder went that far), Columbia President Lee Bollinger, a First Amendment specialist, had other thoughts. Blast him with sunlight and see what happens.
Mr. Bollinger praised himself and Columbia for showing they believed in freedom of speech by inviting the Iranian president, then continued his attack. He said it was “well documented” that Iran was a state sponsor of terrorism, accused Iran of fighting a proxy war against the United States in Iraq and questioned why Iran has refused “to adhere to the international standards” of disclosure for its nuclear program.
The Iranian president did not disappoint. The man who has uttered such idiocies as denying the Holocaust, proclaimed that Iranian women are the freest in the world; than Iran has no homosexuals and that "freedom is flowing at its highest level" of his theocratic dictatorship.

If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. He will be probably be able to see it from the air as he leaves today.

The Iranian president is an evil buffoon -- in the same league with the "leader of the free world" who sits in Washington. The Constitution that George Bush is trying to shred allows me to say that. It also allows me to see the same things in Ahmadinejad.

All in all, a good reason to be proud to be an American.

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