Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s trip to New York has turned into a doozy. The city where Fidel Castro called JFK “ignorant,” Yasser Arafat packed a pistol on his hip, and Nikita Khrushchev banged the UN podium with his shoe, has gone after Ahmadinejad with a vengeance.
“Bearded blowhard” said the New York Post. “Petty, cruel dictator” said Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger — to the face of his invited guest.
Ahmadinejad is delivering some doozies of his own. But behind all the theater, there is a real risk of brutal war.
This hour, On Point: the US, Iran, and Ahmadinejad in New York.
Robin Wright, diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post.
Richard Bulliet, professor of Middle East history at Columbia University, author of “The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization,” and an organizer of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to the university.
Patrick Clawson, deputy director for research of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and co-author of “Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos.”