LGF and his readers point out something profoundly alarming about the history of Columbia University
Seventy years before this week’s invitation to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Columbia rolled out the red carpet for a senior official of Adolf Hitler’s regime. The invitation to Iran’s leader may seem less surprising, but no less disturbing, when one recalls that in 1933, Columbia president Nicholas Murray Butler invited Nazi Germany’s ambassador to the United States, Hans Luther, to speak on campus, and also hosted a reception for him. Luther represented “the government of a friendly people,” Butler insisted. He was “entitled to be received … with the greatest courtesy and respect.” Ambassador Luther’s speech focused on what he characterized as Hitler’s peaceful intentions. Students who criticized the Luther invitation were derided as “ill-mannered children” by the director of Columbia’s Institute of Arts and Sciences.
Columbia also insisted on maintaining friendly relations with Nazi-controlled German universities. While Williams College terminated its program of student exchanges with Nazi Germany, Columbia and other universities declined to do likewise. Columbia refused to pull out even after a German official candidly asserted that his country’s students were being sent abroad to serve as “political soldiers of the Reich.”
In 1936, the Columbia administration announced it would send a delegate to Nazi Germany to take part in the 550th anniversary celebration of the University of Heidelberg. This, despite the fact that Heidelberg already had been purged of Jewish faculty members, instituted a Nazi curriculum, and hosted a burning of books by Jewish authors. Prof. Arthur Remy, who served as Columbia’s delegate to the Heidelberg event, later remarked that the reception at which chief book-burner Josef Goebbels presided was “very enjoyable.”
I think any nutjob who says we should respect Ahmadiniejad’s free speech, doesn’t understand that Free speech is a right granted to US CITIZENS and not terrorist dictators.
Let’s not forget, at Columbia, the Minutemen were shouted down and over run on stage when they came to speak there. Will the Columbia kids shout down the modern day Hitler?
They also have barred the ROTC from campus as well, yet the openly invite the leader of the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism?
Columbia is showing it’s radical left-wing viewpoints very clearly. It doesn’t take a genius to see what side of the aisle these people are on. They do not have the responsibility to pander to any evil dictator who wants to come and speak just because they “respect free speech”. Yes we value free speech, but let’s remember, this man is an ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES. Free speech isn’t granted to the enemy.