Vicarious Vitriol

 

A fragment of the Holocaust, the most documented atrocity in the world

Although there are many varied opinions concerning President Bollinger of Columbia University flying about and keeping the media wires hot, he is my new hero with his blistering introduction of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his appearance at Columbia University yesterday. In fact, Bollinger’s introduction was downright harsh.

And I also love the fact that Ahmadinejad was forced to say that the Holocaust happened. This was his answer when pressed on the subject of the most documented atrocity in history: “Granted this happened. What does it have to do with the Palestinian people?” 

Of course Ahmadinejad’s answer was very weak and diversionary. But he said it, “Granted this happened… ” I hope these words haunt him and follow him forever.

Even if you disagree with Bollinger’s remarks or that Ahmadinejad was allowed to speak at all, you must admit that Bollinger’s vitrolic words, piercing the air one by one somehow felt good as they stung in the ears of Ahmadinejad–at least to me. Bollinger said things that I have wanted to say to him and/or others like him for a long time.

I enjoyed the vicarious vitriol.

If you happen to be one of the few around that haven’t read the article or seen the msnbc.com video attached, see if you don’t enjoy the vitriol for a brief moment as well.

4 Comments

  1. Good article. I couldn’t understand the irony of Ahmedinajed being invited to a university to speak. I’m not sure I agree with the way Bollinger introduced him. It seemed to me he was looking for an out, a way to justify what Columbia had done and save his own skin. I can’t understand why the university would invite someone to speak and then not give them the dignity to express their views before they were vilified. This seems as great a contradiction to me as the very invitation itself. After all, Ahmedinajed is a head of state, and there is a certain dignity and honor for such a position which should be respected by all civilized people, or else we risk tainting the notion of authority everywhere. Don’t we?

  2. Lamar,

    Actually, I agree that Ahmedinajed should not have been invited to speak in the first place, and Bollinger probably was saving his own neck. And I believe that all authority deserves respect, but still, Bollinger’s remarks were cathartic for me. The whole situation is painful, with no relief, it just felt good for one of these characters to be lambasted publically.

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