MORE ON Ahmadinejad at Columbia.
UPDATE: Nick Schweitzer wonders why people care about Ahmadinejad: “While I certainly question the motives of those at Columbia University who invited him to speak… my questions center on them, not him. Why would they want him to speak? What value does his insight into world politics bring? His hatred of Jews? His hatred of freedom? His encouragement of terrorism? Does Columbia find these things valuable because they agree with them, or because they want to provide him a forum to pronounce his views and hope that students will backlash against him?” I think, though, that those are the concerns of most people on the subject, especially given the free-speech double standards we’ve seen at universities recently.
ANOTHER UPDATE: A Lee Bollinger Rope-a-Dope?