There are those who might conclude that despite its dysfunctional tendencies, the United Nations serves some necessary function. I’m not so sure. For those of us living in New York City, these General Assembly meetings only make it more difficult to travel around the city. I would gladly give it away to another state or country but no one else would want it. Yesterday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once again spoke to the General Assembly and spewed a message of hate and arrogance. While free speech is one of our greatest and most important freedoms, it should not be afforded to an evil man who has silenced so many for doing what our freedom allows him to do; speak his nonsense. He condones the price placed on the head of Salman Rushdie, believes in the destruction of Israel, and hates homosexuals. There is nothing redeeming about this demagogue and to allow him to take the world stage in the center of the free world is ludicrous. Iran is an autocratic, miserable dictatorship currently under strict UN sanctions. How can the United Nations have any credibility when it allows the President of a country who is defying those sanctions, the platform to speak? It sends the wrong message and only makes it look weaker. As a world organization, it is feckless, and impotent, as its failure in Syria clearly demonstrates. So delegates, have your fun in the greatest city in the world and then pack your bags and get the heck out. You won’t be missed.