Here's my little summary of the Q&A
NOTE: Every bloody answer is paper with this guy.
i) Question was, does Iran support destruction of Israel as Jewish state?
** This is really on the Right of Return, though neither side said it. If all Palestinians are allowed into Israel, it would cease to be a Jewsish state. Hence both the way the question was phrased, and the answer. Ahmadinejad says that he does NOT favor the dstruction of Israel, but rather simply fair treatment of the Palestinians. But his idea of 'fair', a referendum, carries with it a good chance of eliminating the Jewish character of Israel.
NOTE: This was the question/answer I found most dissatisfying. The question was essentially coded, as was the answer. A depressing start.
2) Why are you supplying arms to terrorists?
** We are victims of terrorism. USA supports the terrorists that hit us. Came quite close to accusing the USA itself is a terrorist nation, but did not actually do so. This answer was quite informative.
NOTE: It's also at this point that you realize that most of the questions were of the 'so, have you stopped beating your wife?' variety. Bollinger really made the university come off as second-raters here. And I say that as an alumnus.
3) The Holocaust. Why more research?
** More research is always good.
** Rah rah yeh yeh Iran is great and everybody loves it there. yada yada yayda .... We don't have any homosexuals. Really. (This is the only place where the audience actually hooted at him.) He was ridiculously talky in this answer. It was a place where he wasn't really smooth.
5) What did you hope to accomplish speaking at Columbia?
** I was invited.
6) What would you said or done if you'd been allowed to visit WTC site?
** I wanted to go, just to show sympathy with the families. The desired visit was meant to show respect. I have no idea why anyone would call such a visit an insult.
NOTE: The Iranian government condemned the 9/11 attacks immediately, and offered aid to the USA. That may well have been posturing, but it's consistent posturing. Wouldn't it have been easier to let him visit the WTC site, and just not allow any news media? No cameras, no photo op. Which wouldn't matter to him if the guy was sincere.
7) Why is your government trying to acquire enriched uranium?
** Our program is completely peaceful, and the IEAE has repeatly reported it as such. 'Certain powers' want to prevent Iran from developing it's own science.
NOTE: He got applause for his answer.
9) Is Iran prepared to have broad, open talks with USA? How do you see problems between Iran and USA being resolved?
** We favor open discussion. We favor open discussion. We favor open discussion. We favor open discussion. We favor open discussion. We favor open discussion. No really We favor open discussion. We favor open discussion. ad nauseum. We favor open discussion. With everybody. Except the Apartheid state and the Zionists. We favor open discussion.