Ahmadinejad’s Visit: The Iranian Take


We’ll admit it, we were curious how Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s speech at Columbia played out in the Iranian press. To no one’s surprise, the contents of Lee Bollinger‘s speech criticizing Ahmadinejad were whitewashed out for the home audience:

Despite entire US media objections, negative propagation and hue and cry in recent days over IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s scheduled address at Colombia University, he gave his lecture and answered students questions here on Monday afternoon.

On second day of his entry in New York, and amid standing ovation of the audience that had attended the hall where the Iranian President was to give his lecture as of early hours of the day, Ahmadinejad said that Iran is not going to attack any country in the world.

Before President Ahamadinejad’s address, Colombia University Chancellor in a brief address told the audience that they would have the chance to hear Iran’s stands as the Iranian President would put them forth.

He said that the Iranians are a peace loving nation, they hate war, and all types of aggression.

Referring to the technological achievements of the Iranian nation in the course of recent years, the president considered them as a sign for the Iranians’ resolute will for achieving sustainable development and rapid advancement.

The audience on repeated occasion applauded Ahmadinejad when he touched on international crises.

At the end of his address President Ahmadinejad answered the students’ questions on such issues as Israel, Palestine, Iran’s nuclear program, the status of women in Iran and a number of other matters.

That’s funny, because we remember his speech going a bit differently. But in the magically gay-free and nuclear weapon pursuing land of Iran… That’s just how the press works.

Unsurprisingly, the massive protests (pictured above) didn’t get a mention at all.

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