Publicity Stunts

As I continue to waffle on Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia, I’ve once again turned around what I thought. I just saw Lee Bollinger’s statement during his debate with Ahmadinejad that “you described the Holocaust as a fabricated legend. When you have come to a place like this, this makes you quite simply, ridiculous. Mr President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator.”

If you meet someone evil on the street, it is perhaps appropriate to use such language. But if you are willing to say to a man’s face that he is a petty and cruel dictator–if you are willing to close off the conversation in that fashion, why would you invite him to speak?

With language like that, the invitation continues to look like a publicity stunt by Columbia’s president.

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