Friday, September 16, 2011

Columbia students to dine with Ahmadinejad

Interesting how Ahmadinejad is choosing who he meets with, and how he is
ignoring the Iranian community at large in his NY visit as usual.
Peter Khan Zendran

Report: Group Of Columbia University Students To Dine With Iranian
September 13, 2011 1:16 PM

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A group of Columbia University students are
expected to have dinner with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next
week in Midtown.

According to the Columbia Spectator, the school’s newspaper, as many as
15 members of the Columbia International Relations Council and
Association were invited.

CIRCA vice president of academics, Tim Chan, told the paper the Sept. 21
meeting is still tentative and none of the members expressed any
reservations about breaking bread with the controversial Iranian leader.

Meanwhile, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, two American hikers jailed for
over two years in Iran on espionage charges, could be freed “in a couple
of days.”

An Iranian court has set bail at $500,000 for each of the men — the same
arrangement that allowed fellow hiker Sara Shourd to go free a year ago.

The hikers all deny the charges and say they may have mistakenly crossed
into Iran while hiking in Iraq’s Kurdish region.

On NBC’s ‘Today’ Show, Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that he hopes the
release will improve relations with the U.S.

There’s speculation that Iran may have timed the potential release to
coincide with Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York later this month for the
United Nations General Assembly. Shourd was released last year just as
Ahmadinejad made his way over for the annual gathering.

Ahmadinejad’s previous visits for the UN General Assembly have been the
source of much controversy and sparked a number of protests.

During last year’s visit, he claimed that the United States was behind
the 9/11 attacks.

“Some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attacks to reverse the declining economy and its grips on the Middle East in order to save the Zionist regime,” Ahmadinejad said.

President Barack Obama responded by saying, “It was offensive. It was
hateful and particularly for him to make the statement here in
Manhattan, just a little north of ground zero, where families lost their
loved, ones was inexcusable.”

In trying to explain his 9/11 theories, Ahmadinejad said his real
concern is for the poor American taxpayer, who after the terror attacks
has been shelling out billions for the war on terror.

“We are trying to defend the rights of the American people here so their money is not used to kill people in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Ahmadinejad said.


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