While he was in the US, he also took the time to lecture at Columbia University, where:
He said there were no homosexuals in Iran – not one – and that the Nazi slaughter of six million Jews should not be treated as fact, but theory, and therefore open to debate and more research.
The press, of course, has been having a field day with Ahmadinejad’s visit.
“Should a man like Ahmadinejad be denied the freedom of speech that he so brazenly and brutally denies others?”
If you have the time to watch it, the following video offers the best view into President Ahmadinejad’s thought process that I’ve seen. It is an 80 minute interview with Mike Wallace from CBS. I must admit that although the President is a bit long winded, Wallace was pretty rude to him.
Personally I thought all of the finger pointing and interrupting was fairly unprofessional. Irregardless of his crazy ideas, the President of any other country deserves to be treated respectfully.
Perhaps this should have been expected given that Wallace is Jewish and actually served in World War II – 13 years before Ahmadinejad was even born. So I’m guessing that he doesn’t appreciate the President’s views all that much…
Thanks to Daniel Lazar for bringing the video to my attention.