After reading the following post at The Huffington Post, Death by 1000 Papercuts’ Little Baby Ginn penned the response below.
From your post:
I would like to address some of the points that you’ve made about Ahmadinejad’s trip to the UN and to Columbia.
“Reactions to Columbia University’s decision to invite him have been mixed, and right in line with expectations”
By “expectations” I assume you “expected” some reactions to Ahmad’s visits to automatically occur:
McCain, Giuliani and groups including The Anti-Defamation League have come out swinging against the Columbia-Ahmadinejad coupling, armed with terms like “Holocaust denier,” “Persian Hitler” and “state sponsor of terrorism.”
You infer by this statement that McCain, The Anti-Defamation League, Guiliani, and “others” are erroneous in claiming that Iran and/or Ahmadinejad are “Holocaust Deniers.” I would like to cite a report from the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 18, 2007, on Iran racial discrimination. In this report the UN cited three acts of anti-Semiticism by Iran:
1. Convening an international conference “questioning the truth of
Of the extermination of the European Jews by Nazi Germany
2. Organizing an earlier Holocaust denial cartoon contest
3. President Ahmadinejad’s repeated calls for Israel to be “wiped off the map.”
The week prior Secretary-General Ban condemned the Iranian leader for his latest statement inciting to “destruction of the Zionist regime.”
It was further noted that Ahmadinejad continued to violate the Genocide Convention’s Article 3 prohibition against incitement to destroy a national group.
In summary, Ms. Ensha, Mr. Ahmadinehad’s forming international conferences to question the truth of the extermination of European Jews by Hitler, his organization of a state sponsored Holocaust denial cartoon contest, his continued vocalizations of his quest to wipe Israel from the map, to destroy all Jews, is not merely the vague “terms’ that you mentioned above.
You also address Columbia and the “dangers” of “curtailing Free Speech.” I agree wholeheartedly with you. Free Speech is essential and must survive in order for us to survive. Because of Free Speech you were able to post your thoughts and opinions, as I am able to respond to yours, as are McCain, Guiliani, the Anti-Semitic League and “others.” They too can raise their voices against Ahmadinejad and what they believe this person to be and to represent.
And finally your last point:
“While all eyes are on Manhattan, precious few are watching what’s happening in Washington. On Thursday, Senators Jon Kyl and Joseph Lieberman filed an amendment to the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill that would make it official U.S. policy to “combat, contain and roll back” Iran and its surrogates in Iraq. Section 5 calls for the United States to formally designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. If passed, this amendment would open the door even wider for military action against Iran.”
I would like to cite a couple of “terrorist” sponsoring incidents of late by Iran. Just from these two links alone it is not a stretch to conclude that Iran has not only it’s fingers but is up to its armpits in sponsoring terrorism.
New evidence on exporting of Iranian arms to Syria
Tuesday, 05 June 2007
NCRI – On Friday June 1st, Turkish newspaper, Hurieat revealed new detailed evidence about the weapons discovered in a Syria-bound train from Iran. The paper published documents on the train’s cargo, the names of sender and receiver of the weapons, announcements by Turkish Rail officials and Turkish military
Document: Iran Caught Red-Handed Shipping Arms to Taliban
Friday, 08 June 2007
†ABCNews- NATO officials say they have caught Iran red-handed, shipping heavy arms, C4 explosives and advanced roadside bombs to the Taliban for use against NATO forces, in what the officials say is a dramatic escalation of Iran’s proxy war against the United States and Great Britain.
“It is inconceivable that it is anyone other than the Iranian government that’s doing it,” said former White House counterterrorism official Richard Clarke, an ABC News consultant.
Your article is titled, “Why The Right Is Wrong.” What are they, the Right, wrong about? The rampant Anti-Semitism of Ahmahdinejad? His ongoing quest to make revisionist history of the Holocaust and claim it was kinder and gentler Nazi Germany? That Iran wasn’t caught arming the Taliban in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda
in Iraq, sending arms to Syria, trains and funds Hezbollah in Lebanon?
As for Giuliani, it was his city, his beloved New York, that terrorists descended on that beautiful early fall day in September, 2001. If Mr. Giuliani is appalled by Columbia rolling out the red carpet to the likes of Ahmadinejad I can sympathize. For this man to attempt to lay a wreath at the site of where over 3,000 innocents were massacred, men, women, children… the hundreds of New York’s finest who rushed to try to save them… I can see why Giuliani spoke out; after all, he exercised his right to his very “Free Speech.” Just as you did in your article.
And just as I am in this rebuttal.