It's quite possible that US Senator Barack Obama's foreign policy adviser, Zbignew Brzezinski, was involved in the decision by Columbia University to invite Iranian monster-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak at the Ivy League school.
Columbia is located in New York City, about seven miles north of where the World Trade Center stood until September 11, 2001, when the twin towers were attacked by Al Qaeda--an Islamist organization whose leaders, members and supporters have since been sheltered and assisted by Iran.
The idea for Ahmadinejad's appearance, set for this Tuesday, may have even originated with Brzezinski, who taught international relations at Columbia for many years before moving on to become National Security Advisor to US President Jimmy Carter. As noted below, Brzezinski is an old hand at US-Islamist intrigue.
China Confidential sources claim that Brzezinski convinced Columbia's president, Lee Bollinger, that there is an urgent need for citizen diplomacy to delay--or derail--what Brzezinski regards as a determined drive by the Bush administration to unnecessarily go to war with the Islamist nation over its suspect nuclear program. Brzezinski, according to these sources, believes that providing Ahmadinejad with a prestigious forum could help to humanize the Iranian leader, shed light on possible peaceful solutions to the nuclear standoff, and altogether make it more difficult for the US to attack Iran.
The sources offered no opinion on whether or not Brzezinski was somehow also behind Ahmadinejad's unssuccessful attempt to defile the Trade Center site, known as Ground Zero, with an incredibly odious and propagandistic wreath-laying visit. But Bollinger is expected to ask his guest about that as well as questioning him about the Holocaust, Israel and the nuclear issue.
Obama, who is running for President, has accused the White House of rushing to war with Iran without giving diplomacy a chance to succeed.
About the cast of characters in this appalling affair:
(1) Ahmadinejad, who has vowed to destroy Israel, denied the Holocaust, and threatened the US, is a former professional terrorist and assassin who has aligned himself as Iranian president with the mullahocracy's most extreme elements--a cult of messianic zealots inspired by mad visions of global Shiite domination.
(2) Brzezinski played a key role in Carter's betrayal of Iran's last ruling Shah, an American ally overthrown by the Ayatollah Khomeini with the help of the country's mullahs and their indoctrinated followers as well as legions of leftwing students and other disaffected but non-Islamist Iranians (all of whom were subsequently crushed or sidelined by the Khomeini regime). Brzezinski is also the unrepentant author of America's covert operation to arm Islamists in Afghanistan in order to lure the Soviet Union into invading that country. His ideas about using Islamism against Moscow date at least to the late 1970s. In fact, the Polish-born cold warrior continues to argue for an "accommodation" with supposed moderate Islamists for purposes of countering resurgent Russia. Brzezinski was professor and director of the Research Institute on Communist Affairs at Columbia (1960s leftwing student activists accused the institute of accepting CIA funding). He joined the Columbia faculty after Harvard denied him tenure. He is currently a professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and a scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
(3) Bollinger is a respected, left-leaning lawyer-intellectual and influential civil lberties expert who seems bent on broadening his controversial concept of a "tolerant society"--i.e. one that permits and even encourages free speech by home-grown neo-Nazis and other violent and venomous creatures--to include promoting dialogue with America's worst foreign enemies ... in short, to borrow Stalin's handy definition of a foreign Communist, a useful idiot. (Would Bollinger, had he been running Columbia during the reign of the Soviet monster, have dreamed of bringing him to the university? Need we ask? After all, Bollinger is a true champion of tolerance--for tyrants and terrorists.)