Monday, September 24, 2007

Big Signs Blogging Bollinger

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 — Also on CNN tonight, Columbia University President answered some questions about his introduction of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which Ahmadinejad himself called insulting.

"It always risks that when you have something like this that it will degenerate into a bland conversation," Bollinger said.

"It was very clear that the only way this would happen was for me to use very sharp questions," he continued. "These are very serous beliefs... the only way to have a discussion like this is to make sure it's a full, robust debate.

"I had things that I wanted to say, and I wanted to say them in my own words...

"He was very stony... so I really don't know what he felt.

"I think it's better to openly confront your adversaries and enemies to express your views."

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