Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is well known in the international arena as a Holocaust denier and a general mischief maker. But for one night in New York recently, he tried to cast himself as the second-coming of Woodrow Wilson.
In town for the UN General Assembly, Ahmadinejad hosted a dinner, or a “Meeting of Scholars,” as it was officially called, for faculty members and students from leading American universities. Speaking to an audience full of academics, Ahmadinejad channeled Wilson, the former president of Princeton University and architect of the failed League of Nations experiment, as he spoke about the immorality of nuclear weapons and the need for humane standards in international conduct.
Setting the tone for the evening, he began his September 21 speech; “In my humble opinion, the root cause of all these difficulties in the world today goes back to … not knowing fully the human truth. Humans today have lost the love of humanity.”
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