Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Columbia University students to dine with Ahmadinejad on Wednesday

Members of CIRCA, a Columbia University student organization, will not be attending a dinner with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday as planned, not because they don't want to attend the dinner, but because the Iranian mission to the UN rescinded the invitation.

The Iranian President is currently in New York to attend the 66th UN General Assembly session. Student members of Columbia's international relations group [CIRCA] received an invitation to dine with Mr. Ahmadinejad, but, much to the chagrin of the students, the Iranian mission to the UN later revoked the invitation due to the negative media coverage and controversy that erupted over the matter.

Nevertheless, CIRCA members said that other students from Columbia University are planning to attend the dinner, which, no doubt, will gladden Mr. Ahmadinejad's heart and provide the students with the opportunity to meet their iconic hero in person and up close.

Columbia University deserves much credit for inviting the Iranian President to speak before the student body last year; a move which not only imbued the students with an appreciation for Mr. Ahmadinejad, but also instilled within their hearts a yearning and an unbridled desire to dine with the legendary head of state.

Kudos to Columbia University!