News around town
There is a girl outside my dorm window playing her trumpet...its midnight, but I like the music. It makes me feel like I'm in New York City, circa summer 1989, sitting on a stoop, steam rising from a manhole, In my dreams, I'm still young, obsessed with New Kids on the Block and my whole future is ahead of me. Alas, that is not the reality....but its nice to dive into that world for a bit (smile).
As a University student, I have been fascinated with the recent furor over the Iranian president speaking at Columbia - how interesting. Universities are great places to exchange ideas, in a civilized manor. This dilemma rages even at VCU which is currently gripping with the idea of inviting very conservative speakers, speakers with hate messages. While I don't particularly condone or like their views, what is the point of being an insititute of higher learning if we don't actively engage in lively debate? It would certainly be insightful to see why these people think like they do and perhaps dissect them in order to ascertain how to combat such vicious thoughts.
Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at Columbia was....enlightening. I giggled when he said, "there are no homosexuals in Iran," really at such a ridiculous statement what else can be done but laugh? However his savoe on pointing at America's double standards for behavior in the Middle East was correct. He did come out of the situation looking like the bigger man than the Columbia president, whose introduction was just plain rude! I do think that Ahmadinjad's speech, coupled with other actions does point out an interesting situation; I get the impression that he really does want to open dialogue with the US. I don't know to what extent, but certainly what harm could it do America? I'm reminded of the expression, we can catch more bee's with honey than vinegar. We've given democracy through violence an opportunity (Iraq war), how about giving freedom via peace a chance?