Iran on Campus
September 27, 2007
Irvine, CA--On Monday Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, gave a speech at Columbia University. Columbia, defending the controversial decision to have Ahmadinejad speak, said the event gave students an opportunity to question and learn from opposing views.
"But we have nothing to learn from tyrants who seek to murder and enslave us," said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.
"Iran is the leading state sponsor of Islamic totalitarianism, which for three decades has waged a proxy terror-war on the United States. Indeed, Iran is already responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans. It is outrageous to give the leader of Iran a platform. To do so is to participate in his pretense that he is the leader of a civilized nation with legitimate grievances against the United States. Stripped of that pretense, Ahmadinejad would be exposed as the thug who heads a militant theocracy seeking, not peace and prosperity, but 'death to America.'
"Far from having its president invited to speak at a prestigious American university, Iran and its leaders should suffer the only fate appropriate for a country that threatens American lives: a crushing defeat at the hands of the United States."
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