They Hate Us For Our Freedoms

September 24th, 2007at 06:52pm Posted by Eli

That’s what we’re in Iraq for, right? To protect our freedoms from the Evil Islamofascist Oppressor Hordes that will invade the Homeland the second we withdraw? Freedoms like… freedom of speech (emphasis Greenwald’s)?

As the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, prepares to address Columbia University today amid a storm of student protest, state and city lawmakers say they are considering withholding public funds from the school to protest its decision to invite the leader to campus.

In an interview with The New York Sun, the speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver, said lawmakers, outraged over Columbia’s insistence on allowing the Iranian president to speak at its World Leaders Forum, would consider reducing capital aid and other financial assistance to the school.

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“There are issues that Columbia may have before us that obviously this cavalier attitude would be something that people would recall,” Mr. Silver said. “Obviously, there’s some degree of capital support that has been provided to Columbia in the past. These are things people might take a different view of . . . knowing that this is that kind of an institution” . . .

“It’s not going to go away just because this episode ends. Columbia University has to know . . . that they will be penalized,” an assemblyman of Brooklyn, Dov Hikind, who also attended the rally, said. The lawmaker said Mr. Ahmadinejad should be arrested when he sets foot on campus.

Well, I’m sure those are just isolated opinions. They’re both Jewish, and Ahmadinejad is anti-semitic; New Yorkers feel strongly about 9/11, and Iran was… umm… well, I’m sure they were responsible for it somehow. Surely no-one outside of New York would react so strongly…

Earlier today, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said in a statement that if Columbia University President Lee Bollinger “follows through with this hosting of the leader of Iran, I will move in Congress to cut off every single type of Federal Funding to Columbia University.”

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Appearing on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto after the speech, Hunter said that he plans to follow through on his threat and will now “initiate legislation, and try to get as many people as can see it my way, to cut off funds to Columbia University.”

Wow. Good thing Ahmadinejad didn’t say anything bad about Petraeus, or the entire campus would have been shipped to Gitmo by now. What exactly are these people afraid of? Is Teh Islamofascist as contagious as Teh Gay, where our young impressionable students just have to be exposed to it once to be turned to The Dark Side?

Anyway, why make such a big fuss about Ahmadinajad? He’s just a buffoonish frontman for the religious extremists who are really in charge of the government. Why would anyone want to make such a clown out to be more important than he really is? Oh… right.

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