10 January 2008

We are sorry, Mahmoud, let's kiss and forget

An academic delegation of Columbia University professors and deans of faculties plans to visit Tehran to officially apologize to Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. The delegation plans to express regret for the insulting remarks Columbia University President Lee Bollinger directed at Ahmadinejad on September 24 in his introductory speech, the Mehr News Agency correspondent in New York reported. Since the incident, the deans and professors from the faculties of history, anthropology, Middle Eastern studies, philosophy and Islamic studies have criticized Bollinger’s behavior toward Ahmadinejad.
I think there is no need to comment on the above. Just this: it is issued by an Iranian news agency.


Update: Meanwhile, Columbia University issued a rather nervous-sounding statement:
The university has no knowledge or information about the claims currently being made in the Iranian media.

We ask that a clarification be added to Mr. Parks column and that verification of the facts even during the era of Google's news value-neutral, digital age continues to be warranted.
The source:
Bob Parks,
Intel Radio Network