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Columbia Students to Dine with Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Columbia University is about to get embroiled yet again in Iran-United States relations -- a group of students will reportedly have dinner with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he's in New York next week.

According to the Ivy League school's newspaper, the Columbia Spectator, members of the Columbia International Relations Council and Association (CIRCA) were invited to a private dinner with the Iranian madman on September 21.

The report said members of the group were notified this summer that they would get to bring up to 15 people to the dinner. The meeting is still said to be tentative.

“Everyone was really enthusiastic,” CIRCA member Tim Chan said. “They’re thrilled to have this opportunity.”

Thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down with a man who denies the Holocaust, openly talks about his desire to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, said there are "no gays" in Iran, oppresses women and has a very questionable record on human rights.

Columbia faced a firestorm of controversy back in 2007 when it invited Ahmadinejad to a campus forum to answer questions from students. In his opening remarks University President Lee Bollinger called him “a petty and cruel dictator.” Somehow Bollinger is still alive.

Ahmadinejad will be in New York to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly.

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