Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The first one to say 'Hitler' loses

Brett Stephens in OpinionJournal on the lunatic invitation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Columbia University, thanks to Jogo. A good piece, and also kindly provides a pdf of an excellent piece from Commentary in the 1950s by Lionel Trilling (once of Columbia), entitled "George Orwell and the Politics of Truth".

See also Modernity.
Added: and The Contentious One and HLNK
Added 2: I loved this - Kamangir: Solid Proof that Israelis are Paranoid (via Noga)

Plus, how's this for obscenity at Kos? (via PRNewport and DST4W)


mnuez said...

Hey Bob, I like your point of view but, after some thought, I'm afraid that I can't agree with it. It would appear to me that what occurred was far more positive than negative and that the wonders of the American First Amendment showed their powers at the event. In the event that you haven't yet seen the Entire indictment offered by Mr. Bollinger you might want to have a loom at it on my site where I have it complete in two parts, unedited.

Anyhow, all the best and thanks again for your most wonderful and fascinating blog.


Graeme said...

And Lee Bollinger's scathing indictment was so powerful that Ahmadinejad has decided to declare, on Iranian state TV, that the Holocaust happened, that Israel has a right to exist, and that gays and lesbians will no longer be executed.

The Contentious Centrist said...

niojcyp"To suggest that such an event amounts to a confrontation, or offers a perspective on reality, is a bit like suggesting that one "confronts" a wild animal by staring at it through its cage at a zoo."

Bollinger, I think, did try to turn the event into a confrontation with the evil ideas represented by Ahmadinejad. And to some degree he even succeeded in rattling the cage. But that's all it amounted to, in the end. rattling the cage, without making a dent in that smooth and inane smirk. And now he is being criticized for not being "polite" and "respectful". And look who is doing the criticizing: Rashid Khalidi, Juan Cole, Ali Akbar Mahdi, Hamid Zangeneh, etc. Just so happen that they are all viciously anti-Israel. I would be forgiven for suspecting that Ahmadinejad's position on "The Zionist entity" has more to do with their outrage at Bollinger's lacerations than it has with academic decorum.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

"Maybe with a bottle of wine and some soft music playing in the background."

She forgot to mention a Kermit-shaped vibrator to complete the picture ;-)

bob said...

Kermit-shaped vibrators: a first on brockley.blogspot...