That's what HE says anyway.
I got this from Ha'aretz.com:
ANALYSIS: The clear loser from Ahmadinejad's visit is Israel
By Shmuel Rosner
In his speech at Columbia University, the Iranian President used the podium to single out Israel and Zionism
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Columbia University in New York on Monday resulted in one clear loser: Israel.
In his speech, Ahmadinejad took aim at Israel. If he managed to convince one person of his views on Israel and Zionism, then he has already gained. If he managed to persuade 50, then he has gained even more.
Ahmadinejad aimed precisely for that. "It's the Israelis, stupid" was his primary message. Forget about the "Palestinian problem," Ahmadinejad was telling his listeners. "Instead, we need to solve the Israeli problem - and finally bring peace to the Middle East." While he did not explicitly reiterate his calls for Israel's destruction, in practice, the message could not have been clearer.
The pro-Israel camp consoled itself with the knowledge that those who are familiar with the regional complexities, and with Tehran's antics, will surely realize the absurdity of Ahmadinejad's proposal.....
But the average American is not familiar with the regional complexities. He is tired of the region's fighting. To him, Ahmadinejad's idea may sound tempting.
This is what the problem is with inviting a dictator like him to a university such as Columbia: you legitimize him, when he should be completely marginalized. Rabbi Avi Weiss said at the protest rally, (I'm paraphrasing) "Yes, Columbia had a right to invite Ahjmadinishouldbedead (my name for him, not the Rabbi's); but they didn't have an obligation..." There are so many people out there who have no clue and give credence to what this man says. Those intellectuals at Columbia U are pretty stupid, in my humble opinion, for giving this guy a platform.
We live in a very scary world, don't we?
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