He came, he spoke, he went. Just before he did speak, however, he listened to some supposedly tough questions and lectures from Columbia president Bollinger which had enchanted many on the net.
It is amazing how little is needed for some people to forget about the core issue. A little name-calling and a small rebuke on history and everybody is happy. This incident shows why globalist liberalism still captivates the minds of the general population. But I digress...Anyway, everyone seems to have overlooked the fact that, albeit with a minor inconveniance, Ahmedinejad has achieved his goal. He gave a speech in the heart of the US exposing his views and besides the audience at the university itself he had all the networks covering him live.
Worse yet, Bollinger's pathetic and clumsy attempt at being tough in order to save his behind(do you honestly think he would adress Ahmedinejad in that way had the public not raised holy hell before the event?) and most likely quite a few financial donations to Columbia was rebuked by the Iranian president in such a manner that the latter quite succesfully potrayed himself as a victim. To top it all there was a loud round of applause coming from the students at some parts of the Iranian president's speech.
Many have pondered over the reason why Columbia University invited him to speak in the first place. We had all sorts of explanations, from the university being run by radical leftists, to motives of general principle of free speech all the up to the ridicolous claim that it was Bollinger's attention all along to lecture him. Does it really matter? Whatever the Columbia University management tried to achieve, it only resulted in handing Ahmedinejad a PR triumph. It not only could have been forseen, it was obvious. And the fact that the management of Columbia didn't see it or didn't want to see it speaks volumes of the state of the academia today.