The dhimmis, useful idiots, and fellow travelers at Columbia are hanging tough: they want Ahmadinejad to speak there. In “Outrage over Iranian president’s NYC visit,” WABC reports:
Ahmadinejad is scheduled to arrive September 24 to speak to the U.N. General Assembly, as the Security Council decides whether to increase sanctions against Iran for its uranium enrichment program.
The Iranian leader will then speak at the school. Columbia spokesman Robert Hornsby said there was no plan to cancel the appearance.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, however, has asked the school to withdraw the invitation.
“The idea of Ahmadinejad as an honored guest anywhere in our city is offensive to all New Yorkers. … Ahmadinejad is a Holocaust denier, here for one reason – to spread his hate-mongering vitriol on the world stage,” Quinn wrote.
The Iranian president, in an interview to air Sunday on “60 Minutes,” indicated he would not press the issue. “I won’t insist,” Ahmadinejad said, although he expressed disbelief that the visit would offend Americans.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Wednesday the proposed ground zero visit by Ahmadinejad trip during next week’s U.N. General Assembly was a dead issue. The Iranian president, who is under Secret Service protection while in the country, was told to steer clear of lower Manhattan.
“We have communicated our concerns to the Iranian Mission. … I am sure they will abide by our statement … Our position is that he will not be permitted to go,” Kelly said.
This is welcome news. Last night Michelle Malkin quoted an earlier WABC report saying that Ahmadinejad was going to defy the ban and go to Ground Zero anyway. Protests were developing. If the Thug-In-Chief decides to make an unscheduled detour, I expect he will find a peaceful but hostile reception at the site of the handiwork of his fellow mujahedin.