September 27, 2007
Who’s afraid of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"This event has nothing whatsoever to do with any rights of the speaker," Bollinger said as he introduced his guest, "but only with our rights to listen and speak. We do it for ourselves."
That is why the petty tyrant who spoke at Columbia emerged bruised instead of beaming. Because the people who posed questions were free to ask those questions, and because they were free to hear his answers. They had an enormous opportunity, and they made the most of it. Only a coward would see such an opening and fear catastrophe.
Jesse Walker is the managing editor of Reason Magazine, where he has written about a variety of topics, from pirate radio to copyright law to suburban sprawl. He is the author of "Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America" (New York University Press, 2001).
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