Talking with the enemy

Meeting with Ahmadinejad
When President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran visited Columbia University, he was introduced as a “a petty and cruel dictator” by his host, the school’s president, Lee Bollinger. When he addressed the General Assembly at the United Nations, the U.S. delegation walked out. He was treated with considerably more respect when he met for two hours with over 100 religious leaders at a chapel across from the UN. The third in a series of meetings with Ahmadinejad arranged by the Mennonite Central Committee, this dialogue was opened to other church leaders and endorsed by the World Council of Churches’ Commission of the Churches on International Affairs.


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